What is the Tesla Model 3? - dummies

What is the Tesla Model 3?

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House

The Tesla Model 3 is the latest fully electric car to be produced by the automotive manufacturer Tesla. So, what makes this car different from the myriad of cars out there? Well, this automobile is the first fully electric car to offer long-range operation on a single charge, but is affordable for the average consumer. The Tesla Model 3 is also packed with the latest technologies and can be upgraded with a large list of performance, styling, and technology options.

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The Tesla Model 3 could change the landscape of personal transportation.

This electric car is the first of its kind to be available in a price bracket that targets the general public. Projected at $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 is capable of doing 215 miles on a single charge. Boasting a 0 to 60 time of under six seconds, this sedan will rival the speeds of sports cars, while accommodating seating for five adults. Tesla is designing the car to achieve a 5-star safety rating. The car will also come equipped with autopilot technology and supercharging capabilities.

The supercharging capabilities are of particular interest to those concerned about the limitations of electric cars. Tesla currently offers 3,780 superchargers across North America at 632 different stations. These superchargers can charge your car in a matter of minutes, making a stop for charging no more difficult than a momentary break for food. In addition, your Tesla displays the locations of charging stations on your car’s screen. Check here for additional information and a map of Tesla charging stations.

Tesla unveiled its plan for the Model 3 to the world on March 31, 2016. The car revealed to the public was just an example of what the Model 3 will be, but it is far from the final version. The final version will most likely change. The styling designs of the dash and the grille-less front bumper have been criticized and may undergo design changes before the final Model 3 is released.

The company has received an enormous response. Rather than unveil its masterpiece and offer it for sale, Tesla announced its plan and projected design. To gauge interest, Tesla solicited orders in the form of a presale reserve price of $1000. Without even offering a final version of the Model 3, Tesla has already garnered over 400,000 requests. Delivery is expected in late 2017.

According to Tesla’s blog, the requests for the Model 3 in the first week corresponded to approximately $14 billion in sales, making it the largest of any product launch ever. Unusually, this launch was not marketed by any paid advertisements or endorsements of any kind. Tesla believes the response to the Model 3 is the result of “a true grassroots effort” to provide sustainable energy for the future of transportation.

If you are considering a Model 3 but aren’t yet convinced that you should invest the $1,000 deposit, you can sign up for updates on the Model 3 and Tesla will contact you with new information.

Tesla plans to begin deliveries in North America on the west coast moving across the country to the east coast. Once these deliveries have been satisfied, the car manufacturer will move abroad. Tesla promises that their goal is to make deliveries as quickly as possible, while achieving the highest level of customer service possible.