America’s second most valuable car maker reveals more insight into the Model 3, but insists the Model S is brand’s flagship for progress

The Tesla Model 3, despite being the brand’s newest model by more than a year, will not be the most advanced car in the Tesla range, its maker has announced.

Following the huge hype built up around the car, Tesla clarified the Model 3’s position in relation to the rest of the lineup as a tier below the Model S and X – which it describes as “higher-priced premium models”, when responding to customers who asked if they should trade their Model S for a Model 3 upon the car’s release.

The statement also realigned the upcoming electric BMW 3 Series rival’s range to ‘at least’ 215 miles for the entry-level Model 3; 33 miles less than the entry-level Tesla Model S 60, which achieves 248 miles of range in rear-wheel drive set-up. This model is also soon to be cut from the Model S line-up.

Despite positioning the Model 3 as a non-premium model, Tesla claims it will be just as safe as the Model S, but will be ‘smaller simpler, and will come with far fewer options than Model S’. The statement also attempted to quell some of the hype around the much-anticipated Model 3, explaining: "it isn’t 'Version 3' or the next generation Tesla."

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In preparation for the Model 3’s sales debut, Tesla says it has ramped up its much-reported Gigafactory manufacturing plant, charging network and sales network, as it gears up to fulfil the 373,000 Model 3 orders it has received.

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7 April 2017
Is an acronym(?) that Telsa should have at the forefront this time round. No stupid doors, no seating options, no stupid self driving hardware, standard metal roof, standard 2wd, optional internet connection etc.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 April 2017
They may have a greater capitalisation than Ford but they ain't never made an annual profit . 100000 cars a year versus 2 mil . If and when the rest get boogying god help them. Musk has some huge personal debt . This could be the next tech bust or southsea bubble shareholders beware he may not be a darling .

Lanman

10 April 2017
As much use as a chocolate fireguard and as desirable as a dose of clap. That company will be dead quicker than a fly in boiling soup. Electric cars are going nowhere.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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