The Model 3 is the culmination of Elon Musk’s dream of building an affordable high range electric vehicle.

Set to launch at $US35,000 the Model 3 has captured the imagination of EV fans worldwide. Smaller than the Model S and with fewer features standard, the Model 3 brings an entry level vehicle to the brand.

The advertised range is 345 kilometres on a charge with a 0-100kmh time of under 6 seconds. While this sounds tame compared to the Model S P90D Ludicrous which can make the sprint in 2.7 seconds, it is still faster than a 20 year old Porsche 911 Turbo…..

The Model 3 will have hardware built in for Autopilot functionality and will be able to use the Supercharger network although free lifetime supercharging is not included in the base price. I am yet to confirm if there will be an option of pay per charge or if a subscription will need to be purchased.

 

The Model 3 was launched in March 2016 and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the USA in late 2017 with Australia being a year or so behind.

 

Such was the anticipation for the Model 3 that over 100,000 people paid a deposit before the car was even unveiled…with over 300,000 deposits taken in the first week. The challenge for Tesla is now to ramp up production fast enough to cater for demand.

The knock on effect is that other carmakers are rushing to bring comparable vehicles to market. The new benchmark is a range of 200 miles, or around 320km, and the Chevrolet Bolt is leading the way, with an all new Nissan Leaf being announced with a 200 mile range and other manufacturers following suit.