The New Tesla Model 3: Interesting Facts, Price, Release and Sale Details
Tesla Motors plans to make electric cars mainstream with their new vehicle, the Tesla Model 3. It’s not a secret that Tesla Motors want to make its electric cars more affordable to customers, and it seems that Tesla Model III is exactly what they’re looking for.
According to reports, the Model III will go on sale for around £30,000 in the UK and about $35,000 in the U.S. from 2017. And it’ll have a range of 320 km. But low price comes with a few tricks; the Model III is about 20% smaller than the Model S.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, shared some interesting facts about this vehicle with us. Namely, the name of this car was meant to be “The Model E”, but it was changed, because Ford wanted that name for themselves.
The reason Musk wanted to name this model “E” is that he wanted the three Tesla cars to spell out the word “sex” (Model S, Model E, Model X). “We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E,” Musk told Auto Express.
“I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.” Instead the ‘3’ of the new car will be denoted by three vertical lines.
This mid-sized luxury sedan will be available in 2016, a year after Model X (Early 2015), and it will go on sale in 2017. This vehicle will have competition in the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, that have traditionally dominated the market of electric-cars.
Just like it was the case with previous Tesla cars, any owner of Tesla Model III will be given access to Tesla’s supercharger stations, for free charge.
Currently, there are five U.S. states fighting to host Tesla Motors’ plant: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Tesla plans to sell 35,000 units in 2016 in the U.S, and after that the vehicle will go on sale in the UK, and other European countries.
Elon Musk also revealed that the Tesla Model III would be given a battery upgrade that would increase its range to 400 miles (640 kilometres).