Tesla Model 3 Overview Updated February 20, 2017

Tesla Model 3

Tesla's third generation and least expensive vehicle to date

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December 2014 - February 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 Yesterday

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As the discussion around what parts of the Tesla Model 3 will be made of aluminum and what parts will be made of steel was renewed by what looks like the first picture of a Model 3 chassis we posted this morning, one of Tesla’s aluminum part suppliers announced an investment to increase output of certain parts ahead of Model 3 production. expand full story

As Tesla is currently temporarily shutting down production in Fremont to update manufacturing equipment for Model 3 production, we could be getting our first picture of an actual Model 3 chassis and a peek inside the ‘alien dreadnought’ that is supposed to be the vehicle’s pilot production line. expand full story

Tesla (TSLA) is set to release its fourth quarter 2016 and full year 2016 financial results on Wednesday, February 22 after market close. As usual, the release of the results will be followed by a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management at 2:30pm Pacific Time (5:30pm Eastern Time).

Now here’s what to expect on Wednesday: expand full story

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Tesla Model 3 Stories February 18

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Recent studies show that average electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to ~$227/kWh. It’s exciting progress for the electric vehicle industry, but it’s still not enough to make long-range electric cars affordable.

You need batteries significantly below the average – battery cell and pack cost – in order to achieve the price point for mass market appeal and that’s what Tesla is trying to do with the Gigafactory. The company was aiming for at least a 30% reduction from its battery cost before the Gigafactory and it now claims a “35% cost reduction” in a new promotional video. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Stories February 11

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In this week’s top stories: Model 3 70D & battery pack options, Tesla Semi, EV news from Volvo, Audi, VW, Hyundai and others, and much more.

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Tesla Model 3 Stories February 9

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According to a report by Reuters based on sources in Tesla’s supply chain, the automaker plans to start a pilot production of the Model 3 on February 20.

Tesla refused to comment on the report, which comes as the company confirmed to Electrek that it plans to temporarily shut down the Fremont factory around the same time in order to retool some equipment for the Model 3. expand full story

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Tesla Model 3 Stories February 8

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Tesla confirmed in a statement to Electrek today that it plans to “pause” production for a week this month at the Fremont factory in order to install equipment for Model 3 production.

The company doesn’t expect that it will affect its production for the first quarter 2017 since it “added production days to compensate.” expand full story

Yesterday, we got a slightly better idea of the range of battery options for the Tesla Model 3 after CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the vehicle’s wheelbase can’t support a 100 kWh battery pack like the Model S and X.

But specifics are still unclear since it leaves us only with a vague range of < 60 kWh to < 100 kWh for battery options. Today, we get some actual numbers for the first time as we learn of a Model 3 test mule. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Stories February 7

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Tesla Model 3 reservation holders can’t wait to know more about the options that will be available for their vehicle and the most anticipated one is without a doubt the battery pack. What will be the battery pack capacities available?

CEO Elon Musk made a rare comment about it today and confirmed that the top of the line version will be lower than 100 kWh – like the one currently available for the Model S and X. expand full story

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Tesla Model 3 Stories February 5

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As we reported last month, Tesla changed the branding of the Model 3 on its website from the original three horizontal lines (☰) to represent the ‘3’ in favor of a numeric ‘3’.

At the time, it wasn’t clear if it was a definitive sign that Tesla is going with that branding for its upcoming $35,000 all-electric sedan, but CEO Elon Musk has now confirmed it. expand full story

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