Some of it appears to be conjecture, but Autocar, a widely read publication in the UK last Thursday authoritatively stated the Model 3 “will be revealed Development 2016,” around eight months from now, and will go on sale in mid-2017.
The has been selected up and re-reported, but the date-certain statement really adds to something Elon Musk said in May.
“We are looking to start production of the Model 3 in second half of
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What may be a revelation to some but is the Model 3 – which is broadly reported to be a competitor to the pending “200-mile range” Chevy Bolt and 200-250 mile estimated range next-generation Nissan Leaf will be more than that.
Without revealing where it cultured it, Autocar said the Model 3 won’t just be a Bolt or Leaf beater, it could be a BMW M3 beater and vie head-to-head with potent gas-powered cars in this echelon coupling up to “300 miles” e-range with a blazing quick 0-60 time.
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While readers having seen the 0-60 mph time of the Model S plummet with a 3.2-second “Insane” P85D last fall and 2.8-second “Ludicrous” P90D, 4.1 seconds is still aptly quick, and the Model 3, said Autocar will be quicker.
Note the measurement is 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in Europe which could mean under 4 seconds to 60 from Tesla’s $35,000 and up “entry level” car meant for “the masses.”
If right, the financial statement Tesla may beat the fastest 4.2-second Model S of
For now this statistic too is not verified by Tesla which has successfully prevented nosy cameras from detecting any test mules or preproduction prototypes of the “volume” EV expected to increase its progression.
As a point of comparison, pictures of a prototype Model S were published in 2009, a few years before its mid-2012 launch, and the Model X was revealed in ahead of schedule 2012 but is just arriving third quarter of this year.
The Model 3 will have much less lead time from “Development 2016” to just a year-and-a-quarter later in “mid 2017,” assuming this
Tesla has but said the Model 3 is a priority for it, and while it is late, the rapidly going-up Gigafactory battery plant indicates seriousness of intent.
And, the car originally targeted at 200 miles range keeps getting better on paper, if for now only on paper (or in peoples’ imaginations).
Even before the Model 3 gets here, while it’s expected to cost half as much as a Model S, and be maybe 20-percent less vital if reports are right,
If the Model 3 gets an all-wheel-drive version enabling sub-four-seconds to 60, that would be an option over standard rear-wheel-drive, and unclear from Autocar’s sources is whether the time will be by a 2WD or 4WD Model 3.
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Also Model S-like is the range. It’s now ballooned to “300” whole miles – maybe.
“Batteries will come from Tesla’s so-called Gigafactory in Nevada, USA and sources suggest it will have a range of up to 300 miles on a release charge,” says Autocar.
Here too, recall the standard 85-kilowatt-hour Model S on Europe’s NEDC cycle is rated up to 312 miles
So, will the Model 3 be nearly equal, or could it beat the present Model S with newer battery chemistry by 2017?
A Platform, Not Just a Model
The Model 3 public usually reckon of is a four-door sedan, and it will be, but various reports have indicated Tesla is considering basing on it an SUV, a sports car, a station wagon – and maybe even a pickup, according to Autocar.
“Tesla insiders have also revealed that the Model 3 has been engineered to accommodate a number of different body styles if the manufacturer decides to make them,” reports the publication. “As well as
Whatever happens, the Model 3 sedan is expected to use much less aluminum to save costs over the Model S.
“I expect there will be very modest carry-over [from the Model S]. We’ve got to be cost-effective. We can’t use aluminum for all the [small car’s] components,” said Chris Porritt, Tesla’s vice-president of engineering.
A likely replacement would be steel, which may be bonded and riveted, suggest Autocar.
Styling wise, the Model 3 is supposed to branch out into making a more distinctive look for Tesla.
“We will become more experimental as we develop as a brand,” said Tesla’s chief designer, Franz
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