Better late than never, Tesla’s pledge of a $35,000 (P1.8 million) electric car has finally been realized—three years after it was promised.
Yep, the base Tesla Model 3 is now available for order...in the US. European sales will be rolled out in the next six months, and Asian orders will have to wait until the new Shanghai ‘
Until now, Tesla has concentrated on selling Model 3s with long-range batteries and more equipment, meaning the average price paid was around $50,000 (P2.6 million). The new Model 3 ‘Standard Range’ will go 354km between recharges, get from 0-100kph in 5.6sec, and top out at 209kph.
Inside, you still get the mega-screen interface, but the seats are cloth instead of leather, and you’ll be forking out extra for
According to a tweet from Tesla, the range of the BMW 3-Series rival looks like this:
You’ll configure, order, and pay for your car online—whether it’s the Model 3, the Model S, or the Model X, and servicing will be handled by over-the-air updates or online bookings. The premises Tesla owns will be converted into ‘information centers,’ but it’s not clear how many redundancies this move will create.
“We will be closing some stores and that will be some reduction in
Musk added that the upshot is it’ll be possible to order a new Tesla this way in under one minute. What’s more, Tesla says it will allow customers to return their car, free of
As usual, Tesla’s aiming to be
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.