It’s sleek, futuristic and electric. And come next year, you might see a lot more Teslas on the road.
Just last week, Tesla Motors unveiled its trailblazing Model 3 vehicle at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California. While this new model is priced at about $45,000, it looks and drives like a high-end car. The Model 3 will compete with other luxury gas-fueled and electric cars including the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, and electric models such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
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So what will set this vehicle apart from the rest of the market?
*It can travel 350 kilometres before having to charge
*It can reach 100 kilometres in less than 6 seconds (and that’s just the base version)
*It has 4 doors, seating for 5, and a panoramic glass roof pane stretching from the front to the back
*It has a front and rear trunk
*It comes with a 15-inch landscape touchscreen
*It will come standard in rear-wheel drive, but will also have an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor option
Despite never seeing the car before, thousands of people waited in line at Tesla dealerships to preorder the Model 3 last week. Tesla had taken 180,000 reservations within the first 24 hours of Model 3’s availability, and it’s currently up to about 276,000 reservations.
Market appeal for electric cars is increasing slowly, and as more Superchargers pop up, the convenience concern is anticipated to diminish.
The newest model will not ship until 2017 at the earliest, and details about add-ons are still scarce, but the eco-conscious company is undoubtedly one step closer to helping ensure a cleaner, more prosperous future.