Car lovers who’ve dreamed of owning an electric car were thrilled when Tesla announced the release of their affordable Model 3 sedan, set to hit showrooms in 2018. The Model 3 will start at around $35,000 – around half the price of the larger Model S.
Like the Model S, consumers will be able to purchase the Model 3 in several configurations that offer different range and power. There are also rumors that Tesla has a crossover SUV variation in the works.
Read on to find out what we know about the new Model 3, as well as other tricks Tesla Motors might have up their sleeve.
Taking Electric Cars Into the Automotive Mainstream
Auto industry experts are predicting that with 2015 being a record year for Canadian car sales, numbers could remain high over the next few years, prompting eager consumers to snap up the new Model 3 once it’s released. If you’re a student getting ready to launch your auto career, get ready to see a wave of electric vehicles hit showrooms, lots, and roads!
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the Model 3 will be about 80 percent the size of the Model S, making the new sedan about the same size as a BMW 3 series. The new sedan is supposed to have a battery pack of about 68 to 70 kWh which is what’s used in the current Model S.
If you want to become a mechanic and are familiar with electric cars, you understand that the Model S battery when used in a smaller car might mean even more range. It’s possible that with this battery, the Model 3 would be able to achieve 300 miles before it needs a charge!
Musk also says the Model 3 sedan will be “less adventurous” than the Model S. This probably means that it won’t have upward-swinging falcon doors or a few other extravagant style elements, which will no doubt add to its mainstream appeal. To help with cost, the Model 3 might also be made of steel instead of aluminum.
New Automotive Spec Info on the Tesla X
The long-anticipated electric SUV, the Tesla X was originally announced last year and should be hitting showrooms within the next few months.
It’s been known for a little while that the Model X will be rear-wheel powered, with an optional second electric motor available in the front for four-wheel drive. If you’re an aspiring automotive service technician, it might sound confusing to have to get at two motors when working on the same vehicle. With Tesla’s history of innovative design, however, you should have easy access.
Tesla has been pretty secretive about further details on the Model X before it hits production, but here are a few specs:
- The Model X will have rear falcon wing doors
- 2 battery options will give consumers the choice of a 230 or 300 mile range on one charge
- It’s a relatively small SUV, but has a large 7-seat cabin
- It’s expected to have a fully self-driving mode, like the new Model S coming out at the end of the summer
Here’s a sneak peek of the Model X:
Did we miss anything? Do you know of any other news on the new Tesla Model 3?