Affordable electric cars have been around for a good while now, however none have really been…err… good. Cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt are affordable, yes, but are not in anyway as refined and appealing to the normal person as say a BMW 3-Series or Mercedes C-Class is.
Right now, Tesla Motors is known to make arguably the most appealing electric cars. The Model S and X are really, really nice machines that I can confidently say I would be able to live with daily, without any regrets. The only problem is that up until now, Tesla’s product lineup has been priced well beyond the average person’s budget.
The Model 3 is the Tesla for the everyday Joe. Starting at $35,000 (before incentives), the Model 3 for many is considerably more attainable than the big daddy and mommy Model S and Model X. Yes, the Model 3 might not be cheap, cheap, but it’s starting price point puts it in the same caliber as not only the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class, but also the ultra high volume Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
So, what does one get for $35,000? A lot. Tesla have stated that every Model 3 will have performance for at sub 6 second 0-60, at least a 215-mile range, a 5-star crash safety rating and “Autopilot Safety”. Now, Tesla did not go into detail on what “Autopilot Safety” really is, but I’m assuming a near autonomous driving experience is to be an included. There will also be a lot of options for prospecting buyers to choose from, though no details have been released regarding these options.
Design wise, the Model 3 is really different. The Tesla look is present, however it still looks very fresh and unique. The overall shape is sleek, with long curves and swoops. The front is a mix of the Model S and X, as is the rear. The interior is very minimalistic. The entire interior is composed of three main items; the seats, the steering wheel, and a large 15in display. From what I saw last night, there are no knobs, switches, or even an instrument cluster. The rear roof window is quite quite large, wrapping above the rear occupant area. Overall, I like the design. I find it to be quite intriguing.
Production for the Model 3 will begin in late 2017, with deliveries following closely after. If you want one, you can reserve your own Model 3 for only $1000 (which is also fully refundable). Fun fact, at the time of me writing this article, over 200,000 people have already put down deposits.
I don’t know about you, but I really feel the Tesla hit it out of the park with Model 3.