What makes the Tesla Model 3 so good?
Elon Musk has revealed his latest electric car. But why does everyone want one?
Last week, entrepreneur and serial madman Elon Musk delivered the Tesla Model 3, the third generation of his pioneering electric car and ‘bright future’ of eco-vehicles. But, with the factory in California promising to have 20,000 cars rolling off the production line monthly by December, why is there such a market for this latest model? Why does everyone want a Tesla Model 3?
The Tesla Model 3 costs the surprisingly reasonable sum of $35,000, which translates to around £26,400. This price, half the cost of the previous Tesla, the Model S, is likely the reason everyone’s clamouring for the car. But don’t be fooled by the value – you still get a lot of drive for your dollar.
The Tesla Model 3 can reach a top speed of 140 mph, and do 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The base model offers 215 miles of range on a single charge, and is designed to attain the highest safety ratings in every category.
Aside from its obvious electric drive, which will inevitably send the eco-conscious around the world reaching for their wallets – the Model 3 has also been packed with other neat technological tricks. On the basic model, you get WiFi connectivity, dual-zone climate control and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror navigation.
In pricier models, expect a premium audio system with subwoofer, LED for lights, two smartphone docking ports and 12-way power-adjustable seats with custom driver profiles. An enhanced autopilot mode will also be offered to make your car even safer. And, if these world-conscious wheels weren’t economically friendly enough for you already, Elon Musk has also revealed that a solar roof will soon be offered as an option.
With 5 seats and a high charge range, the Tesla Model 3 was designed by Musk to be a family car, a silent and vibration-free daily driver. The seats can even fold down to give you a huge 66 inches of boot space – and Musk has suggested camping in the car overnight.
With many consumers expressing their interest in buying a Model 3 already, which other manufacturers will see the electric effect of Elon Musk in their sales figures? The obvious competitors are the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but that’s not to say other car owners will defect for a go behind the Model 3’s wheel.
And who could blame them? It’s a good looking car – with a low bonnet, tall arched roof and chrome trims and horizontal lights borrowed from the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. And, inside, buttons have all but been eliminated, with all controls being managed through a 15.4 inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash. Revolutionary, indeed – but Elon Musk was never one to shy away from progress.