Elon Musk has a master secret plan, and it began with the Tesla Roadster. The goal of that plan, created many years ago, was to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation and make it affordable. The entry point for the Roadster, Model S, and Model X may have been high, but it helped finance the development of the Model 3 — an EV sedan that doesn’t require a financial portfolio of a high-level executive. Tonight, Musk unveiled the highly-anticipated, all-electric Model 3 sedan.
Starting MSRP for the Model 3 is $35,000 and includes a lot of standard features that emphasize comfort, style, performance, and above all – safety. Musk claims that Tesla’s latest EV will have an NHTSA 5-star safety rating across all categories. Seating will accommodate five adults comfortably, and the front and rear trunks will have more capacity than a traditional sedan of the same dimensions. Surfer dudes, or gals, will be able to fit their 7-foot longboard inside the Model 3.
According to Musk, the Model 3 will have an EPA-estimated range of 215 miles or better. Performance crushes the current crop of EVs with a 0-60 mph time that’s less than six seconds. Supercharging is standard equipment, along with Auto Pilot, passive and active safety features.
The popularity of Tesla is growing strong as evidenced by the fans queueing up at Tesla stores to pre-order the Model 3. As of the unveiling tonight, there were more 115,000 pre-orders on record according to Musk.
If all goes according to plan, the Model 3 will be rolling out from the Fremont, California factory by the end of 2017.
TFLcar was able to test drive the new Model X courtesy of an owner who took early delivery. Enjoy this video of the 2017 Tesla Model X and its best party tricks.