Tesla’s car for the masses finally has a confirmed full-charge range, but there is a catch. Here’s what you need to know.
For those that do not know, Tesla’s Model 3 is a completely eclectic vehicle that is priced relatively low with a base price of $35,000 to allow for a large number of people to be able to afford it. When Elon Musk first announced the new vehicle, no specific comment was made on how much range it would have other than it would be at least 220 miles.
Recently the EPA released its test results, and noted that the Model 3 with the extended range upgrade will get, on average, 310 miles on a full charge. That is based on a combination of both city and highway driving. It shook out to be 131 miles per gallon in the city, and 120 on the highway, with an average of 126. The EPA’s full report is available to the public.
There is a catch however. That is the estimated range for the extended version, which costs $44,000, $9,000 over the base Model 3 price of $35,000. There are no results for the Standard Model 3 as production is not set to start on those models until 2018. My guess would be that their range would in fact be over 220 miles, but not ridiculously higher than that mark.
During its last financial report, Musk announced that the team had only created 260 Model 3s because of “production hell” with significant bottlenecks. Many have begun to question whether Tesla can even get the car off the ground with such high demand. There is no doubt that their fate rides on the success of this vehicle. Especially with the success rate of competitors such as Chevy’s Bolt EVs.
What are your thoughts with the report? Do you have a pre-order in for a Model 3? Do you ever plan on trying to get in line for one? Let myself and other readers know below!