Tesla Model 3 was launched last weekend
Tesla Model 3 was launched over weekend at an event which saw the first 30 production ready Model 3s delivered to Tesla staff.
It is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles to go on sale this year and has created a huge stir among the car world.
CEO Elon Musk is the proud owner of the first ever Model 3 after having the rights to first vehicle gifted to him.
At the product unveiling, details about the car’s design, specs, pricing and production were shared.
Here is a list of everything you need to know about it:
There are two battery versions
The standard Model 3 comes with an estimated 220 miles per change goes from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph.
A Long Range Battery version allows for 310 miles of range, sprint time of 5.1 seconds and a 140mph top speed.
Tesla has warned that the Long Range Model 3 deliveries will begin mid-way through 2018 while deliveries of the standard model will happen over the next couple of months.
The standard version will cost from $35,000 while the range-extended variant costs from $44,000
For the added cost of the longer-lasting battery, customers will also get better charging speeds.
•Supercharging rate: 130 miles of range per 30 minutes
•Home charging rate: 30 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 32A)
•Supercharging rate: 170 miles of range per 30 minutes
•Home charging rate: 37 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 40A)
Tesla has done away with the traditional key/fob and is instead customers will use their smartphone to unlock their vehicle.
The car uses Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) to connect your phone to the vehicle and open it.
Using the Tesla app and the Bluetooth connection you can unlock the car and turn it on.
What this offers is convenience for drivers, as it’s one less thing to remember and we’re rarely ever without our phones.
If your phone does run out of battery however, Tesla has also provided a couple of NFC cards which can unlock the vehicle when tapped on the B pillar and start the engine by tapping between the seats.
The dashboard has stolen the headlines for its radical, never before seen design.
There’s no instrument cluster with a single screen in the middle of the car supplying all of the vehicle’s information such as speed and remaining charge.
Although this new look has spilt many motoring fans there is one thing that it has allowed Tesla to include.
The air vent which stretches across the length of the dashboard creates a dual-climate system controlled through the touchscreen.
Drivers and passengers can alter the direction and power of the vent simply by dragging the marker around on the touchscreen.
Tesla is aiming for top class safety
The Californian car manufacturer is looking to try and make the Model 3 the safest car on the planet.
It’s a lofty ambition but, based on a video Elon Musk displayed at the Tesla launch, they may just achieve it.
In the video it displays the Model 3 during a crash test side by side with a Volvo S60, which is one of the safest cars in production.
The Model get a lot less damaged in the test while the Volvo looks to take considerable damage.
Musk said in the event of a crash “In the Model 3, you’re fine,” meanwhile, “the Volvo is wrapped like a burrito around a coat hanger. It’s not good.”
Colours other than black will cost over $1,000
If you want to change the car’s colour, it’ll cost you
The new Model S comes in ‘Solid Black’ as standard and will not cost you a penny.
However if you choose one of the five other colours – Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat or Red Multi-Coat – you’ll have to fork out an extra $1,000.
Additionally if you want to upgrade the car’s wheels from the 18” Aero Standard to the 19” Sport, you’ll have to pay $1,500 extra.
A bed fit for a giant
Aside from being a relatively spacious car, Tesla’s rear seat design allows someone to sleep there.
The car’s 60/40 split seat fold completely flat and when the vehicle’s front seats are in their most forward position there is 206cm/81 inches/6.75 feet of room to sleep on.
You could go camping in your car, have a comfortable space to sleep in and a watch the stars from the Model 3’s glass roof.
It’ll be able to drive itself….one day
The Enhances Autopilot upgrade costs an additional $5,000 and will allow the Model 3 to match speed to traffic conditions, keep inside a lane, change lane automatically, exit the motorway and park automatically.
If you choose to upgrade this further to Full Self-Driving Capability the Model 3 will be able to conduct trips on its own with no driver input.
This feature is not currently ready but could be added in the future. It will cost an additional $3,000 on top of the Enhanced Autopilot upgrade.
The radical and minimal dashboard design
There is a luxury pack
All Model 3s come with Onboard maps and navigation, Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity, voice activated controls, bluetooth hands-free calling and media streaming a reverse camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, amongst other features as standard.
The luxury pack option adds premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout and the inclusion of two USB ports in the rear to match the two in the front.
In addition to the seats being heated due to the upgrade, they will also be 12-way adjustable.
The beautiful glass roof will become tinted and have ultraviolet and infrared protection.
Tesla will also add in a premium audio system which is more powerful than the standard model and add in more tweeters, surround speakers and subwoofer.
The side mirror will also be auto dimming and heated plus the car will also come with LED fog lamps.