It’s possible that the Tesla Model 3 will be the most important car of this decade. This is an electric car with low prices that will appeal to a large number of people. Even before the car was shown to the public, the company had over $10 billion worth of pre-orders for it (Rs64,155,0000000). This is how the market says, “Here, take my money.”
At a special event at its headquarters in California last Friday, Tesla gave the first 30 Model 3s to its customers, most of whom were employees (scroll down to watch the video). Now, India is also interested in the Tesla Model 3. As soon as Indian customers could place pre-orders. But a Tweet from Elon Musk a few months ago suggested that the Model 3 Launch might be pushed back.
We’ll have to wait a long time, since the right-hand-drive version won’t be made until 2019. The exciting thing about this event was that we now know a lot more about the car that got orders worth $10 billion just because Tesla has a good name. Does it live up to what you thought it would? Let’s find out-
A brand-new platform sits at the bottom of the Tesla Model 3. The design language, on the other hand, is the same as that of the Model S and the Model X. The Model 3 that is ready for mass production isn’t too different from its concept prototype. Since there is no engine in the front, the car’s hood is narrower, which makes it easy to see out of the car. Like the Model S, the Model 3 has a roof that slopes down like a coupe. The Model 3 is about a foot shorter than the Model S. It is 184 inches long. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels that are big and thick. On the options list, you can choose 19-inch wheels.
Model 3 Drivetrain
The electric motors in the Model 3 are brand new, but details about them are still being kept secret. The company says that the BMW 3 Series is no match for the Model 3.
The driving range is the most important question in the electric car market. On a full charge, the base model, which costs $35,000 (about Rs. 23 lakhs), can go 220 miles. While the $44,000 (approx. Rs 28.5 lakh) version has a range of 310 miles (499 km), a top speed of 140 mph (225 kph), and it takes 5.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. With that kind of speed, it should be able to keep up with the BMW 330i.
The company has confirmed that the Model 3 will not get the P100D 100 Kwh battery pack, which is their most powerful one. They say this is because the Model 3 has a shorter wheelbase. So, the Ludicrous mode on the Tesla will also be on the Model 3. This mode in the Model S changes the car so that it can go as fast as possible, which is fast enough to compete with supercars. Click this to find out more about Model S P100D
But the technology from the P100D battery pack was used to make the new battery pack for the Model 3. As a result, the Model 3 has a much denser battery pack with a more advanced cooling system. The company’s new Gigafactory in Nevada, which makes batteries in large quantities, also helped bring down the price of the car.
The interior of the Tesla Model 3 is one of the simplest we’ve seen in a modern car. There are no buttons anywhere on the dashboard. Instead, there is a huge 15-inch touchscreen. Most of the car’s functions are controlled by this entertainment unit. The car comes with WiFi, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear camera, cloth seats, voice control, dual-zone climate control, two USB ports, and navigation as standard equipment. It’s pretty heavy, right?
If you want more, you can choose from a long list of options. For $5000, you can get the Premium Upgrade Package (Rs 3.2 lakhs). This has Pore Wood inserts, a premium audio system, LED fog lights, two USB ports at the back, a tinted glass roof, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with a memory function, and smartphone docks. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, said on Twitter that a solar roof will likely be an option. Still unknown is how much power the solar roof can pull. At the moment, this option is not available, but it is likely to be added in later production runs.
The Tesla has a lot more room because it doesn’t have an engine. There are two storage trunks: one at the back and one under the front hood. The company also says that the passenger cabin space is one of the best in the market.
During the ceremony for handing over the first 30 Model 3 cars, Elon Musk gave himself all of the keys. The Tesla Model 3 doesn’t need a key, so it’s funny that this was done. The company will link the owners’ phones to their cars, so they can use Bluetooth to lock and unlock their cars. As a backup, the owners will also get NFC cards that are linked to their cars. To open the doors of a Model 3, all you have to do is tap your NFC card on the B-pillar. Tap the card between the front seats to get the car moving.
Luxury sedans like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes C-Class are a perfect match for the Tesla Model 3. Its main rival right now is probably the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which has fast charging and a price that is very close to that of the Model 3. Volvo seems to be Tesla’s biggest competition, since Volvo just announced that all of their new cars starting in 2019 will be hybrid-electric.
For first-time Tesla buyers, the Model 3 comes with a limited warranty that lasts for 4 years or 50,000 miles (80,467 km). The warranty for the battery pack will be 8 years or 1,000,000 miles (1,60,934 km) longer.