Tesla Model 3 Overview Updated March 23, 2017

Tesla Model 3

Tesla's third generation and least expensive vehicle to date

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December 2014 - March 2017


The Tesla Model 3 is the first vehicle built on Tesla’s third-generation platform. It aims to reduce the entry price for electric vehicles while not making any compromise on range and performance.

The Model 3 will start at $35,000 in the US and deliveries should begin in late 2017.

You can read our latest stories on the Model 3 below:

Tesla Model 3 Stories Today

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Even though Tesla CEO Elon Musk already announced that the company aims for the Model 3 to score 5 stars in every safety category, Morgan Stanley’s Tesla analyst Adam Jonas says that the vehicle’s safety could be an underrated feature that will give the vehicle a competitive edge.

Jonas sent a new note to clients today and referred to the Model 3’s safety features as an ‘ah-hah!’ moment when the car will launch later this year. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Stories March 21

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Since any delay would complicate their plans, the eyes of over 400,000 reservation holders are currently on Tesla’s Model 3 production program. In order to reduce the risk of delays, Tesla is running a rigorous sourcing program for the upcoming all-electric vehicle, which made a victim earlier this year when a supplier was stung by a $100 million parts cancellation by Tesla.

But those reservations also facilitate the sourcing since suppliers are encouraged by the large backlog and another supplier announced having won an important contract for the Model 3 this week. expand full story

Consumer insights and data analytic firm J.D. Power conducted “multiple focus groups of Tesla owners and an in-depth evaluation of Tesla models against competitive vehicles by automotive research experts”.

Based on their research, they released a new report highlighting the fact that quality and reliability issues are currently not affecting the perception of Tesla owners, but they warned that it could change for the Model 3, which they see as aimed at the mass market instead of “early adopters” for the Model S and X. expand full story

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Ben Sullins from the Youtube channel Teslanomics – the same who brought us the new travel tool for Supercharger costs – build a new interesting data visualization tool about Tesla. This time it’s about demand for likely options on the Tesla Model 3.

Unsurprisingly, the Autopilot is most popular option among reservation holders and maybe a little more surprising, a majority of Tesla Model 3 reservations holders in the US want a battery upgrade over the base “more than 215 miles” option. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Stories March 20

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Tesla’s fleet keeps racking up mileage. Back in October, we reported on Tesla reaching the 3 billion electric mile milestone and the company’s global fleet has managed to add 500 million in less than 3 months – bringing the total to 3.5 billion in December.

Over the weekend, the fleet reached another milestone on “the Road to the Next Billion”: 4 billion miles. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Stories March 17

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Big changes are ahead for Tesla with the upcoming massive increase in the number of vehicles in its fleet due to the launch of the Model 3. Additional Superchargers, Service Centers, sales reps and other infrastructure will be needed to support the new fleet.

With a backlog over 400,000 reservations and a planned production rate of 5,000 cars per week by the end of the year, even the process of delivering the Model 3 could take an incredible amount of work hours and ultimately crowd the stores and service centers.

CEO Elon Musk apparently has a solution and plans to significantly reduce the time it takes for new customers to take delivery. expand full story

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Tesla Model 3 Stories March 16

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Tesla has its fair share of naysayers who don’t think they can deliver the Model 3 at the $35,000 price point. BMW’s head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, joined those naysayers this week and cast some doubts on Tesla’s promises. expand full story

We recently reported that Tesla disclosed being currently in the process of building Model 3 “beta prototypes” ahead of the start of production in July. We mentioned that they are cutting it close with just 4 months left before production, but we now learn that they are actually referring to those vehicles as “release candidates”.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the comment during a conference call with a select few investors earlier today. He commented in more details about Tesla’s plan for bringing the Model 3 to production.  expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Stories March 15

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Tesla’s third-generation platform, which will first go to production for the Model 3 later this year, is expected to enable several new models for Tesla, including the Model Y crossover and Roadster 4.0.

But how about a coupé? A Tesla enthusiast took to photoshop to see how the Model 3 would look like as a coupé. expand full story

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Tesla Model 3 Stories March 11

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Last Friday, we reported on a Tesla Model 3 prototype spotted driving up and down the road near SpaceX’s hyperloop test track along its headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

New and better footage of the prototype taken during the same sighting has now been released. expand full story

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