20 Tesla Model 3 might just be the most revolutionary car since Ford Model T

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On March 31st, at the SpaceX Los Angeles headquarters, extraordinary event took place with, potentially, profound effect on entire transportation industry. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the final piece of Tesla's "4 piece trilogy" - the the Tesla Model 3.

With a base price of US $35 000 and EPA range of "at least 215 miles", Model 3 will completely change the economics of owning electric car.

Historically, electric cars were always plagued with compromises - everyone assumed that in order to run electric car you would have to make sacrifices. Performance, handling, comfort and even good aesthetics - none of these individual qualities were associated with electric vehicles, much less could you imagine a single electric car possessing all of them.

This changed recently, with introduction of Tesla Model S and Tesla's Supercharger network. Model 3 will build on this initial success, and, with pre-orders already outnumbering the total amount of Model S sold ever, this won't be no ordinary expansion.

Tesla plans to double the entire Supercharger network within a year, and soon there won't be a place worth going, without fast charging outlet nearby. This means long distance travel will be non-issue and hardly less convenient than filling up at gas station.

Without progress in lithium ion batteries this would not be possible. Electric car revolution is a self-propelling feedback loop - consumer acceptance is driving electric car sales, which in turn reduces cost of battery production, which leads to cheaper electric cars and even more enthusiasm.

If Model S was something you read about in news, Model 3 may very likely be the first electric car you own. If Tesla battery Gigafactory is able to deliver on expected production volume, Model 3 will deliver on price - both at the showroom and in the used electric car market, especially with the prospect of cheaper replacement battery packs.

5y ago by FastestLaps
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saxy  5y ago

The Europeans will always reign supreme for ultimate car luxury and value. It's like Japan, seiko had a huge bloom in the 90s with much much cheaper quartz watches In the end, the inferior mechanical watches still win out because it's more traditional, raw and built with soul... I'm guessing


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BR2+  5y ago

I really likt the Model S, But as far as its other lineup goes, Im no fan, I think the Model 3 is hideous.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

Tesla is awesome. I think Americans are about to leap-frog Europeans in carmaking. Complaicainsy kills. Look at all the satellite launch providers - most are conteplating going out of business, now that SpaceX is about to offer much cheaper satellite launches.

The same with carmakers. There will come a time when nobody will want your petrol or diesel cars.

 


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saxy  5y ago

taxes where I live are anywhere from 40-120% on top of the car price. unless you buy a Tesla which is... 0%.


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Art0  5y ago

@BR2+
In countries where taxes are high and in the same time there are huge deductions for electric cars.... Teslas seems to be more common on the streets than E class. At least this is my observation from Denmark.


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BR2+  5y ago

I dont think Teslas cost in the low £30,000 area...


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saxy  5y ago

tax incentives can make price differences like crazy. Where I live, a Model S costs about the same as a BMW 328i. And a P90D costs less than an M3.

When the Model 3 comes out, it would cost like a Polo


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FastestLaps  5y ago

**** yeah! They did it again! Somebody has to invent opposite term for "nerdrage". This is pure nerd-joy.

 


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DDriver  5y ago

@FastestLaps

Tesla Model S success in Norway is partially due to tax cuts. In US Model S was very competitive in price against German counterparts due to tax incentives too. With Model 3 volumes the tax breaks won't matter anymore and we would truly see how electric cars would compete against petrol ones.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

You mean the corrupt government keeping Tesla afloat is going to make America "great" again. Hopefully Trump will put an end to that kind of "greatness".

100% bull***t. Tesla is floating and floating really well not because of any government or any subsidies at all, but because of private investors (shaholders).

Btw: I do not own any Tesla stock and I have no agenda to push here. It just seems obvious that Tesla and SpaceX is what makes America great again, otherwise it would only be the iPhones.....


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Shaggy  5y ago

This is a car site, let's keep these discussions about cars, ok?This isn't an appropriate place to discussions politics.


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BR2+  5y ago

Well, Theres always Canada, Which i actually herd alot of people would move there if he did become president, And supposedly Canada was getting nervous about that


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Bryce Armstrong  5y ago

While Donald Trump is talking big about "making America great again", Elon Musk with companies like Tesla and SpaceX is actually doing it.

You mean the corrupt government keeping Tesla afloat is going to make America "great" again. Hopefully Trump will put an end to that kind of "greatness".


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FastestLaps  5y ago

Hillary sucks too. For different reasons.


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BR2+  5y ago

If anyone of you Amuricans vot for Trump as yor president, You are a goddamned fool.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

While Donald Trump is talking big about "making America great again", Elon Musk with companies like Tesla and SpaceX is actually doing it.

P.S. Congrats to SpaceX for successful first stage rocket landing on a barge at sea.

 


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Shaggy  5y ago

$35,000 is still expensive. And the average gas powered car can travel around 300 - 400 miles on a tank of fuel.


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saxy  5y ago

base model will accelerate 0-60mph under 6 seconds, RWD. On the other hand, How much would it cost for an European RWD to be able to do that. I'm still not on the Tesla bandwagon yet because I don't want my life to be dictated looking for charge points. but good competition = better products at better prices for consumers. =)


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BR2+  5y ago

One of the years ugliest cars, What were they thinking? There is no excuse to not make a car good looking, The overall shape isnt bad, But everything else is an eye sore. And starting price of 35k usd? yeah right, Tesla has a large amount of options, Even a base Model S can almost triple in price, So id say this would be over 70k with every option, But thats only a guess.

Love the fact that Tesla isnt just catering to the wealthy, That is a plus, But with a positive theres a negative.


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hiller  5y ago

It would be good if it could do Quebec Montreal at 120kmh at -20c with the heater on without having to stop.