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In 2003, major auto makers in the world were not even close to considering an electric car for the general market. As a matter of fact, that automotive era was marked as the time where a large group of the small publicly available electric car population was extinguished with General Motors repossessing and destroying their fleet of EV1s. It was this time where a small business called Tesla Motors was established. Launching first a roadster, the company ambitiously committed to a luxury sedan called the Tesla Model S. Critics ate crow as the car became a runaway success for the electric car revolution. As Tesla Motors most recently attracted fanfare with the delayed but still highly-desired Model X electric crossover, the popularly of the car company became immediately apparent. how the cultural icon could serve the world well with a high-volume production vehicle. On the late day of March, the official first presentation of Tesla Model 3 gave us the vision of what could become a product that could potentially reshape the way a generation will see the automobile.
Tesla Motors' Elon Musk introduced a crowd of electric car fanatics and the world via webcast to the Model 3 as the latest step in their image of the new automotive future coming as soon as late 2017. Billed as a model built to conform to a $35,000 US base price tag ahead of any possible tax credits or incentives, the Tesla Model 3 low price will not forsake the ideals that the all-electric vehicle makers have adopted. The fourth vehicle that will be sold by Tesla Motors, the Model 3 borrows styling DNA from both the Model S and Model X. The smaller size of the Tesla Model 3 is emphasized by the fastback-like rear end. Another notable feature is the single contoured piece of glass that runs from the windshield to the rear window. Front and rear storage spaces are present in the new vehicle. Cargo dimensions have been stated to surpass anything offered by a gasoline-powered car of an equal size.
The cabin is designed for ample room for five adults. Musk said this was accomplished by moving the front section of the passenger compartment forward allowing greater legroom for both rows of occupants. Auto Pilot hardware and safety features will come standard on the new car.
With many details of the Tesla Model 3 still being finalized, performance properties have been provided within estimates by Musk. A range at least 215 miles (346 kilometers) has been referenced with the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 will be built as production at the world's largest lithium-ion battery production plant (so-called Gigafactory 1) is set for operations. 0 to 100 kilometers per hour acceleration times of under 6 seconds is also mentioned for the electric car. Elon Musk wetted appetites with word higher performance versions of the Tesla Model 3 is likely.
Expected for release in late 2017, the Tesla Model 3 will spring the all-electric auto company into completely new territory in the general automobile sector. While the brand has enjoyed immense sales with the Model S, the Model 3's price tag is going to commit a much larger driving population to Tesla. Tesla Motors have already registered 115,000 in a matter of a day before the entry-level electric car was even unveiled. Because their line-up is all-electric, oil changes and other general service issues are not the same for Tesla. However, the Model 3 may present the fast-growing auto company with a major challenge for how to manage a population of a targeted 500,000 vehicles per year. With roughly a year and a half before the first Model 3s hit the streets, it will be, by all accounts, interesting how Tesla Motors readies itself as a major volume player in the automotive sector.