Tesla Model 3 will be the first and the most affordable electric sedan from the American carmaker in India.
Tesla Model 3 is powered by a 60kw hour lithium-ion battery pack that promises a range of around 300kms per charge.
Tesla Model 3 has finally breaks cover in its production avatar. Elon Musk, Founder & CEO Tesla Motors, has tweeted a couple of pictures of the new electric sedan revealing its sleek exterior details. He also confirmed that the first 30 customers of the Model 3 will receive the vehicle at a party on 28th July 2017. Production of the small electric car will be increased gradually from 100 units in August to over 1500 units in September and by 20,000 units in December this year. However, the company has already commenced its battery cell production at its gigafactory in Nevada. In order to increase the production of the all-new Tesla Model 3, the American electric car manufacturer will raise $1.4 billion (Rs 6,740 crore approx.) capital fund. Besides this, the company is also planning to setup a wide Supercharger network across the country.
Interestingly, the very first Tesla Model 3 will make its way to Musk’s garage. Tesla’s board member, Ira Ehrenpreis was first one to make deposit for the vehicle, though it will be presented to Musk on his 46th birthday. Touted as Tesla’s most affordable electric sedan, the Model 3 was first previewed on 31st March at an event in Los Angeles. The Tesla Model 3 will be the first electric car from the US-based electric car giant in India. This electric sport saloon will first go on sale in US market, while its India launch will happen sometime next year. Elon Musk had confirmed that the Model 3 electric sedan will also be introduced in other developing nations including Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore.
Since its unveiling, the Model 3 has been receiving an outstanding response from buyers across the global. And proof of this lies in the fact that the sedan had registered over 3 lakh bookings within first week of its world debut. Tesla claims that the Model 3 has a new structure, new battery architecture and new motor technology. The sedan’s coupe-like rear design is heavily inspired by the Model X. At the heart of the new Tesla car will be a 60kw hour lithium-ion battery pack, supported by RWD (rear-wheel-drive) and AWD (all-wheel-drive) system. Though technical and feature details are scanty, it is likely to get Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving feature as standard fitment.
Electric car major had promised to enter in the Indian market with Model 3 during this summer. However, the company has missed the deadline and currently in talks with the Indian government to reduce the import duties on the local factory setup. The volume production of the Model 3 will begin in September this year. US market will be the first one to receive the saloon, while its India launch is likely to take place sometime next year. Read – Tesla Model X Becomes The Safest SUV
|Expected Price||Rs 35 lakh (approx.)|
With Model 3 electric car, Tesla Motors will mark its entry in the Indian market. This will be the first and the most affordable sedan from the American carmaker in the country. Tesla has designed the Model 3 in such a way that the company can produce the vehicle quickly while keeping the cost under check. Price of the US-spec model will be around USD 35,000, while the India-bound model could be more expensive due to GST tax on completely built up units (CBUs). Currently, the luxury cars are attracting 28% GST and a maximum cess of 15%, thus making a total of 43%. This might make the Model 3 a costly deal in the country. If things go well, we expect this electric sport sedan to be priced around Rs 35 lakh in India. Read – Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan Part Deux’ for Tesla: A Brief Explanation
Online bookings for the Tesla Model 3 were commenced an hour before its world premiere on March 31, 2016. One can pre-book the vehicle by paying an initial sum of USD 1,000. Interestingly, people across the globe are visiting Tesla showrooms to enquire about the product. In fact, the company received 3.73 lakh pre-orders for the Model 3 in the very first week of its first public appearance. Read – GOV to Elon Musk: Tesla Doesn’t Require Local Parts to ‘Make in India’
|Engine||60kw hour lithium-ion battery pack|
|Range||300kms per charge|
|Acceleration (0-97kmph)||4 seconds|
|Drivetrain System||RWD & AWD|
Power source for the Tesla Model 3 is a 60kw hour lithium-ion battery pack with an electric range of 215kms per charge. This powerplant has already been used on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. With a power of 7,200 Superchargers, the Model 3 can mark 97kmph from standstill in 4 seconds and 0-60mph in 6 seconds. Both RWD (rear wheel drive) and AWD (all-wheel drive) system will be made available on the sedan.
Smooth character lines
Panoramic glass roof
Sporty alloy wheels
LED tail lamps
15-inch landscape touchscreen
sensors for autonomous driving
As mentioned above, the all-new Tesla Model 3 carries over most of its design and styling elements from the Model S (especially the side and rear design). The latest pictures of production version reveal that the sedan gets a sunroof and bobbed bonnet and tail. The sloppy panoramic glass roof is made of the same glass used for roof tiles. The car could be offered with multiple center roof panel options – metal (standard), roof rack, glass and possibly solar. Proportionally, however, it’s about 20% smaller than its donor sibling. The blunt upturned snout seems borrowed from the Model X. The car will also receive large carbon-fiber-accented wheels with matte paint scheme, large windshields and LED tail lamps.
Unlike its prototype, the production version of the Model 3 features a black chrome grille. While the Model S and Model X are made up of premium quality aluminium, the Model 3 will have a mix of steel and aluminium. This will help the carmaker curb its price. In terms of proportions, the new Tesla electric car will measure around 4694mm in length, 1885mm in width and 1435mm in height. Its wheelbase could be around 2870mm. The damping duties on the car are likely to be carried out by active air suspension unit.
Ditching Tesla’s conventional 17-inch portrait touchscreen, the Model 3 features a 15-inch landscape touchscreen integrated on the dashboard. This display shows speed and gear selection in the upper corner, and climate control at the bottom side. There could be autonomous driving sensors, though the company might charge additional fees to activate them. The interior will be vegan-friendly that means it will have no leather inside the cabin.
The rear seat occupants might be offered with some additional legroom as the electric drive system doesn’t require transmission tunnel. This arrangement saves hump space in the middle of the floor. The tall side glass indicates that there will be generous headroom for occupants. It will come with 60/40 split fold-down rear seats configuration. The Autopilot self-driving feature will come as standard active safety feature.
Similar to the Model S, Tesla will offer the Model 3 with an 8 year, infinite-mile, transferable warranty on the battery and drive unit. This was confirmed by Musk in August 2014.
Tesla Model 3 will the first and the most affordable offering from the American electric carmaker in India. The car has coupe-like rear design that resembles to the Model X.