The Tesla Model 3 is finally here:
With Autopilot standard in all Model 3 cars for no extra cost, it’s poised to be a huge contender in the electric car market. The Model 3 will sell for $35,000, not including federal tax exemptions.
Tesla’s Autopilot — the semi-autonomous driving mode Tesla launched last year in the Model S — comes with features like automatic braking, lane switching, and blind spot warnings. Tesla Model S and Model X owners had to pay an extra $2,500 for the features when they first rolled out. Rolling them into Tesla’s low Model 3 cost of $35,000 is a major bonus.
It can go 0 to 100 miles per hour in under six seconds and boasts a range of 215 miles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the event that these are baseline specs that they hope to exceed.
All-wheel drive is standard in the Model 3 and it can fit five people.
There were more than 115,000 orders for the Model 3 in the last 24 hours — pretty impressive for a car that no one has seen before.
Musk added that the car will boast a five-star safety rating in every category. The front seats are positioned slightly forward to accommodate for more leg room in the back. The Model 3 can even fit a seven-foot-long surfboard, Musk added.
Supercharge is standard in the Model 3. It also comes with a back and rear truck.
Model 3 will begin production in late 2017, ramping Tesla vehicle production to 500,000 vehicles per year. It’s slated to arrive by late 2017 or early 2018.
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