Tesla Model 3. Tesla Model 3 has been a huge hit even since the beginning, and people even blindly ordered it before knowing how the car looks like. But now that we finally know how the car is going to look like—and it looks good by the way, quirky, but good—, our job is to wait until the car finally arrives in the market patiently. In the other hand, Tesla will have a very busy year since they have to finish the production and deliver the vehicle to more than 400,000 buyers who have reserved the car. Yes, we are not kidding when we said that Model 3 is such a huge hit. Around 115,000 customers even had ordered the car before it was unveiled for the first time a year ago.
If you are one of those excited buyers who has reserved the car, you can rest assured that Tesla is working very hard to get the Model 3 ready. Unplugged Performance recently captured some photographs of the Model 3 alpha prototype chilling at Jack Northrop Avenue, Hawthorne, California, which is just next to the company and also Tesla’s design center. It is possible that the prototype is a mere appetizer and the production spec will feature something even greater.
The images show that the alpha prototype is still in the same silver body paint and use the same red brake calipers with the prototype we have seen back in 2016. Furthermore, ‘Model 3’ is also written on the license plate which ensures us that we are indeed looking at the Model 3 prototype and not something else Tesla has in store for us. Well, so far nothing changes from the prototype we have seen in the past, but at least itis good to see the car we’ve been waiting for so long cruising in the real street like that.
Many people are interested in Model 3 because this is the first time Tesla ventures into the world of the affordable electric vehicle. Tesla and Affordable somehow just doesn’t add up so we are definitely curious on how good this car could be. Of course, it is not a Model X with its dual powertrain and 100 kWh battery pack. Besides, the company has confirmed that 100 kWh battery pack will not be feasible for Model 3 since this car has shorter wheelbase compared to.
But Tesla will not sacrifice the performance, and the company has even confirmed that Model 3 will have a range of 215 miles with the base battery pack, which is not bad at all. Furthermore, we can also expect a 0-60 mph time of fewer than 6 seconds for the base model. Meanwhile, for the performance model with dual electric motor, the company said that the car would sprint to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
Production will begin as early as July 2017, and around 10,000 units will be built per week. Tesla also said that Model 3, just like other Tesla models in the future would be equipped with hardware with SAE level 5 autonomous driving capability.
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