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 Post subject: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4 sec.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:07 pm 
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Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla specs leaked: New $35,000 Model 3 will go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds and have 300 mile range

Source also said it will be a smaller hybrid of the Model X and S
Will be 20% shorter than the S, placing it in same segment as Audi A4
The first Model 3s are to be delivered by 2017 in US, and 2018 in Europe
The car will be unveiled tomorrow at 11.30pm ET Hawthorne, California

By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:12 EST, 30 March 2016 | Updated: 13:10 EST, 30 March 2016


Up until now, very little has been known about Tesla's Model 3, which is due to be unveiled tomorrow.

Now, a source speaking to motoring site Electrek has provided what it claims to be new details on the much-anticipated car.

The source claims that the Model 3 will be able to go from 0-60 in under four seconds and have range options reaching more than 300 miles.


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The Model 3 is a pitch to middle class drivers and a key component in founder (pictured) Elon Musk's vision to mainstream the electric car. It is Tesla's first mass market car, and the billionaire believes it will help Tesla deliver 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020


WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

The Model is expected to sell for $35,000 - half the base price of the flagship Model S.

It will be 20 per cent shorter than the S, placing it in the same segment as the Audi A4.

It will also have four-wheel drive, according to people close to the matter.

A source speaking to Electrek recently added that the Model 3 will be able to go from 0-60 in under four seconds.

It will have range options reaching in more than 300 miles.

They also said the car is slightly taller sedan with a unique front that looks more like a Model X.

The first Model 3s are to be delivered by the end of 2017 in the US, and 2018 in Europe.

Consumers can pre-order the vehicles starting March 31 for a deposit of $1,000 or 1,000 euros ($1,100).

'The biggest news: According to a source who has seen the design that will be shown off tomorrow, it looks like a smaller hybrid of the Model X and S,' the website writes.

The source said that the car is a slightly taller sedan with a unique front that looks more like a Model X.

But, according to the rumours, the car is shorter and narrower than either the Model X or S.

'The person who saw it said that they didn't like the look of the X initially and only came around to liking it when the Falcon Wing doors were exhibited,' Seth Weintraub at Electrek writes.

'This person instantly fell in love with the design of the Model 3, however, saying 'It seems so right''.

According to Weintraub, at least one version of the car will get up to 300 miles per charge driving at highway speeds, which could get rid of 'range anxiety' among drivers.

Meanwhile, the site says the price tag on the high end version of the Model 3 grows significantly twith estimates in the $50-$60,000 range.

Yesterday, Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted his excitement about the launch, posting a CNBC poll that showed 55 per cent of people would put a $1,000 deposit on Tesla Model 3, and go through with buying it.

'Looks like we may need to increase production plans for the Model 3,' he wrote.



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The source said that the car is a taller sedan with a unique front that looks more like a Model X (pictured)


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According to the latest rumours, Model 3 is shorter and narrower than either the model X or S (pictured)

The Model 3 is a pitch to middle class drivers and a key component in founder Elon Musk's vision to mainstream the electric car.

It is Tesla's first mass market car, and the billionaire believes it will help Tesla deliver 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020.

Tesla , until now a purveyor of luxurious all-electric cars with equally luxurious price-tags, plans to sell the Model 3 for $35,000 - half the base price of the flagship Model S.

TESLA'S MODEL 3 TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH GM'S CHEVROLET BOLT
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Tesla faces direct competition from the soon to be released 200-mile range Chevrolet Bolt, which will have a one-year head start on the Model 3 in getting the attention of consumers looking for a moderately priced EV.

Darin Gesse, product marketing manager for Chevrolet's electrification division, admitted 'There is a cachet and a brand image' at Tesla.

Nevertheless, he said, 'We also know Chevrolet has a brand image. We have shown that our customers have been the most happy in the country. Our battery is solid. We have confidence.'

Brauer said the Bolt's earlier debut could pose problems for Tesla. 'If it would have hit now, it would have been a game-changer as first to market,' Brauer said. 'Now it's going to be the second to arrive after the Bolt.'

Analysts say the new car is critical to Tesla at a time when cheap gasoline is challenging all green cars.

The move comes as rival General Motors stakes its claim on the electric vehicle middle market with its new Chevrolet Bolt.

'The Model 3 is really the measure if Tesla is going to make it long-term as a car company,' said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at the auto industry website Edmunds.com.

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Fans are already lining up outside Tesla stores in anticipation of the Model 3 arrival. Pictured is a Model 3 custom tent in Montreal


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Rumours suggests at least one version of the car will get up to 300 miles per charge driving at highway speeds, which could get rid of 'range anxiety' among drivers. Pictured is a Model S

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Yesterday, Elon Musk tweeted a poll that showing 55 per cent would put a $1,000 deposit on the Model 3

'If they want to bring the EV to the mass market they need the Model 3 to be successful.'

The Model 3 will be about 20 percent shorter than the S, placing it in the same segment as the Audi A4.

It will also have four-wheel drive, according to people close to the matter.

The car is expected to be able to travel up to 300 miles (500km) without being recharged, depending on the battery system chosen, and will include modern safety systems such as Autopilot.

The first Model 3s are to be delivered by the end of 2017 in the US, and 2018 in Europe.

Consumers can pre-order the vehicles starting March 31 for a deposit of $1,000 or 1,000 euros ($1,100).

Tesla launched its electric car campaign in 2008 Roadster sports car, constructed on the chassis of a Lotus. It then moved into luxury vehicles with Model S, followed by the Model X crossover.

The Model 3 is the logical next step.

'This is their chance to prove that they are not just a specialized niche automaker, but actually a long-term volume automaker,' said Karl Brauer, analyst at Kelley Blue Book.

'They have to establish that they can build a high-quality volume vehicle.'

The group also must demonstrate that it has learned the lessons of past launches, which were marred by significant delays, as when the difficulties with the gull wing doors pushed back the timeframe on the Model X.

Model 3 is set to be unveiled tomorrow at 11:30pm ET at Tesla's designs studio in Hawthorne California. Tesla has not yet responded to DailyMail.com for comment on the latest rumours.


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The much anticipated Tesla Model 3 will be unveiled on March 31, with production and deliveries to start in late 2017. Elon Musk tweeted the announcement this week, and added that March reservations will require a $1,000 deposit and a visit to a Tesla store


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 Post subject: Re: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4
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Awesome. I seriously looked into buying an electric car. The range wasn't there for my commute. Well, it was, but then after further research, I realized that in the winter months, if I wanted to use the car heater, I'd be pushing it. Anyway, 200 mile range would be awesome...300 would be incredible. It's all about the price point though. What are those new Chevy Bolts going for?

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 Post subject: Re: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4
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If this one has a 300 m range why fool around with the Volt? Ultimately, hybrids are transitional because two drive trains make no sense. Plus the Leaf is cheaper and a better car anyway if range isn't an issue.

Once you go electric you never go back.

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Electric cars should have am irony meter showing pounds of coal loaded.

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 Post subject: Re: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4
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Very tempted to reserve one tonight. $1,000, refundable. Hard to see the downside.

Would have done it in store today but the nearest Tesla store is hour 15 away.

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 Post subject: Re: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4
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"Electric cars should have am irony meter showing pounds of coal loaded."

This is absolutely true if you live in WVa or Indiana.

Electric cars will not save the planet. That is not why you buy one. It's the driving experience. Acceleration is linear and there will be no car in that price range with that kind of performance.

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Very nice. I was a bit disappointed by the look of the X.

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Dan Smith--BYU wrote:
If this one has a 300 m range why fool around with the Volt? Ultimately, hybrids are transitional because two drive trains make no sense. Plus the Leaf is cheaper and a better car anyway if range isn't an issue.

Once you go electric you never go back.



I meant the Bolt. How much are the Bolts going for? I'm not a big car guy. It's a way to get from point A to point B for me. I refuse to tie up a lot of money in a car. Even though I'm not a car guy, the leaf is just a hideous looking vehicle. I just don't get it. What are they thinking?

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I'd buy electric to save me money and maintenance costs. No other reason. If the price point doesn't work, I'll wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4
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Beautiful.

Very Porsche like.

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 Post subject: Re: Elon Musk’s affordable Tesla: $35K, 300 miles, 0-60 < 4
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RS I think this reveal answers the question...there's no reason too fool around with any other model if this is coming out for 35K.

The problem is this won't be ready for two years.

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