Considering massive demand of the Tesla Model 3, the carmaker plans to take the vehicle’s annual production to 500,000 units by 2018.
Tesla Model 3 is powered by a 60kw hour lithium-ion battery pack that promises a range of around 300kms per charge.
Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors, has revealed the India-bound Tesla Model 3 via uploading a video on his twitter handle. The video gives a quick view of the electric car, which has been described as a “release candidate version”. However, a few media reports claim that video shows almost production-ready version of the car that will enter into limited production in July 2017. The company will commence its volume production by September 2017.
With an aim to ramp-up the Model 3’s production, the American electric car company will raise $1.4 billion (Rs 6,740 crore approx.) new capital fund. The carmaker is also planning setup a wide Supercharger network across the country. First previewed on 31st March at an event in Los Angeles, the Tesla Model 3 will make its way to India during summer this year. It will be the first electric car from the US-based electric car giant in India.
Tesla Model 3 Video
First drive of a release candidate version of Model 3 pic.twitter.com/zcs6j1YRa4
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2017
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 Model 3 registered over 3 lakh bookings within first week of its world debut. Touted as the most affordable electric car from Tesla, this saloon carries a coupe-like rear design that seems inspired by the Model X. The Model 3 is claimed to have a new structure, new battery architecture and new motor technology.
Tesla has designed the Model 3 in such a way that the company can produce the vehicle quickly while keeping the cost under check. The Tesla Model 3 sedan will also be introduced in other developing nations including Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore, confirmed Elon Musk, Founder & CEO Tesla Motors, on his Twitter handle. Read – Tesla Set To Commence Its Indian Operations This Summer
Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Inc, has already confirmed that the Model 3’s production version will not appear till late July 2017. The volume production of the electric car will begin in September this year. Therefore, we can expect its global launch (including India) sometime next year.
|Expected Price||Rs 37 lakh (approx.)|
Tesla will mark its entry in the Indian market with the Model 3 electric car. This will be the first and the most affordable sedan from the American carmaker in India. Prices of the saloon’s US-spec version will be around USD 35,000, while the India-bound model could be priced a notch higher due to high taxes on completely built up units (CBUs). 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 global debut 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.
|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 offering a range of 300kms per charge. The same engine will also be used for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. With a power of 7,200 Superchargers, the Model 3 can mark 97kmph from standstill in 4 seconds. The sedan will be come with both RWD (rear wheel drive) and AWD (all-wheel drive) options.
Smooth character lines
Panoramic glass roof
Sporty alloy wheels
LED tail lamps
15-inch landscape touchscreen
sensors for autonomous driving
Sitting on an all-new platform, the Tesla Model 3 shares most of its design and styling elements with the Model S. Proportionally, however, it’s about 20% smaller than its sibling. Featuring smooth character lines and a sloppy panoramic glass roof, the Model 3 looks quite premium and sporty. The car runs of a pair of sporty alloy wheels, and features large windshields and LED tail lamps. Unlike its prototype, the production version of the Model 3 will have a black chrome grille.
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 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.
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.