Tesla has finally revealed its Model 3 electric car after months of speculation.
Designed to be the company’s first affordable vehicle, the Model 3 is still capable of reaching high speeds in a similar fashion to its larger brothers. As owner Elon Musk stated: “We don’t make slow cars!”
With the Model 3 costing around half the base price of the larger Model S at around £24,500, it represents a significant chance for a greater amount of buyers to enter the electric car market.
Hundreds of fans have queued outside Tesla dealerships across the globe to be able to pre-order the electric saloon, putting down a £700 deposit for the privilege.
The Model 3 provides enough space for five adults to sit comfortably, as well as a decent amount of storage space making the electric saloon practical as well as quick.
With a theoretical range of around 215 miles there won’t be too much need to be watching the energy gauge, and a 0-60mph time of under six seconds will give even the most adrenaline-seeking driver something to enjoy.
The Model 3 will also boast a variety of autonomous features, such as the ability for the car to pilot itself down motorways, and park itself into the tightest of spaces.
Musk has even said that Model 3 owners will be able to fit a 7-foot surfboard inside the car.
Speaking at the launch event, Musk said: “It’s going to be an incredibly safe car.
“We really believe with Tesla that safety has to come first. It’s paramount. It will be 5-star in every category.
“I do feel fairly confident it [car deliveries] will be next year.
“I want to emphasize that if you buy no options at all, this will still be an amazing car.”
Musk’s speech must have done the trick, as more than 115,000 Model 3s were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours they were available.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
April 1, 2016