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Tesla Says Its Model 3 Car Will Go On Sale On Friday (apnews.com) 373

Electric car maker Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday. From a AP report: CEO Elon Musk made the announcement Monday on Twitter. The car is to start around $35,000 and with a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit, could cost $27,500. Tesla says the five-seat car will be able to go 133 miles (215 kilometers) on a single charge and will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds. Editor's note: the article was updated after the Associated Press, the original source, updated its report.
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Tesla Says Its Model 3 Car Will Go On Sale On Friday

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  • by d3vi1 ( 710592 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @06:14AM (#54733547)

    215 miles is roughly 346 kilometers (not 133).

  • by Tomahawk ( 1343 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @06:57AM (#54733657) Homepage

    From the website:

    Starting price in USD. Local pricing will be announced in 2017.
    Production begins mid 2017.
    Delivery estimate for new reservations is mid 2018 or later.

    Elon's tweets say:
    Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday
    Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3's on the 28th! Production grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1500.
    Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      He means that people who put down deposits in the first few nanoseconds of the site going live will be offered the chance to order their cars for delivery soon. But if you order one on Friday, you won't get it until the middle of next year at the earliest.

      My Leaf has to go back at the end of 2018. I'm hoping but not really optimistic that I'll be able to get an M3 by then. Maybe if I move to a left-hand-drive country...

    • by Luthair ( 847766 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @11:05AM (#54735091)
      I'd say 20k/month is pretty optimistic. That is an increase of 300% in a year, and of the 80k cars produced last year they had to recall 50k.
      • by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @01:06PM (#54735931)

        Yeah, all cars produced between Feb & Oct had a faulty part. That's over half the year so more than half the cars.

        It's irrelevant going forward. It doesn't mean that percentage of cars will be recalled. Nor does it have anything to do with how many cars they will make.

        An increase of 300% over what? How many X & S they are making? Well, those production lines are not going away. This is all additive. And it's a car designed to be far simpler and easier to mass produce, and for this year at least will have no factory fitted options. Just one model. So that seems perfectly doable.

  • It is electric with regenerative braking. It had better be able to break from 60 to 0 in 6 seconds. The acceleration is merely a by product.
  • by totallyarb ( 889799 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @07:37AM (#54733795)
    The only question that really matters is: What is the charge time? 215 miles is a reasonable enough range; but if you're planning a 250 mile trip, you don't want to have to make an overnight stop! If you can charge the car enough in, say, a 15-minute rest break that it can keep going for another couple of hours, then it's a viable vehicle. If not, it's not.
    • by muffen ( 321442 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @07:56AM (#54733879)

      The only question that really matters is: What is the charge time?

      Depends on the charger of course, but assuming you are using Tesla's supercharger, you should get approximately 80% battery in under 25min.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Eloking ( 877834 )

      The only question that really matters is: What is the charge time? 215 miles is a reasonable enough range; but if you're planning a 250 mile trip, you don't want to have to make an overnight stop! If you can charge the car enough in, say, a 15-minute rest break that it can keep going for another couple of hours, then it's a viable vehicle. If not, it's not.

      Not sure why this have been modded up as it's pretty much common knowledge that there is Supercharger Stations about everyone in NA [tesla.com] that will charge 80% of your battery under 30min.

      And yeah the Model 3 will be compatible with those station.

      • This could redefine the term "power nap".

      • Not sure why this have been modded up as it's pretty much common knowledge that there is Supercharger Stations about everyone in NA [tesla.com] that will charge 80% of your battery under 30min.

        1. 1. Learn to grammar.
        2. 2. You seem to be confusing "it's pretty much common knowledge" with "a lot of people that I know, know this". I asked because I didn't know the answer. Presumably those who modded me up also wanted to know.
        3. 3. If by "about everyone in NA" you meant "just about everywhere in North America", then that site you linked to says you're wrong. Based on their map, the entire state of Texas appears to currently contain a total of 25 supercharging stations, for example. If you live in New York Ci
        • by Eloking ( 877834 )

          Not sure why this have been modded up as it's pretty much common knowledge that there is Supercharger Stations about everyone in NA [tesla.com] that will charge 80% of your battery under 30min.

          1. 1. Learn to grammar.
          2. 2. You seem to be confusing "it's pretty much common knowledge" with "a lot of people that I know, know this". I asked because I didn't know the answer. Presumably those who modded me up also wanted to know.
          3. 3. If by "about everyone in NA" you meant "just about everywhere in North America", then that site you linked to says you're wrong. Based on their map, the entire state of Texas appears to currently contain a total of 25 supercharging stations, for example. If you live in New York City, you'd have to drive all the way out to the airport to reach your closest station. That's not exactly convenient!
          4. 4. The world is not only America.

          1- Yes and I'm actually taking classes right, sorry if I annoyed you with my "not so perfect" English but it'll get better. It doesn't invalidate my post though.
          2-Sorry, it's actually a Typo. What I meant was "it's pretty much common knowledge in Slashdot". And yeah we're talking a "lot" about the supercharging capability here and a quick google search will give you the information you need (actually, you can find everything you need to know inside the link of my last message).
          3-Typo again (damn cellphone).

    • Even if charging took 8 hours it would be a viable vehicle. Not many people need two cars with more than 215 miles autonomy. The Model 3 can easily be one of those two cars, and the one which end up being used the most.

    • by pezpunk ( 205653 )

      it charges pretty quick. 20 minutes is about all you need most of the time. also keep in mind that long trips are literally the only time you will ever have to use public chargers if you're able to charge at home over night. it's nice feeling knowing i will never again get in my car and realize i have to fill up on my way to or from work.

  • I'd love to drive an electric car but until there is some way of swapping batteries or they can get charging times below 15 min what I have is half a car ( because I can't take it on long drives to visit relatives etc) at twice the price of gas car. Not very practical and I haven't been able to justify it to make myself 'feel' green or what would otherwise satisfy my vanity.

    • by pezpunk ( 205653 )

      it charges faster than you think. i recently took mine on a 600 mile trip and it was no problem at all. one stop for a quick lunch, and that was it. the car was done charging long before we were finished eating.

    • Why did you pick a random 15 minute time frame? 20 or 25 minutes is currently available.
  • by jlv ( 5619 ) on Monday July 03, 2017 @11:49AM (#54735443)

    I've been only driving electric cars for about 3.5 years. My LEAF is still my daily commute vehicle; it's got 27K miles in 3.5 years. Our Model S is our new family car for long trips. We've done several trips of 300-450 miles one way. We've put 6K miles on it in 4 months.

    My Model 3 reservation is probably going to replace my LEAF. The LEAF is a great electric vehicle, but really suffers all the typical poor design/implementation of most auto manufacturers. The info system is pathetic; the remote access/status is unreliable (and can kill the 12V battery). Everything looks exactly like it did when it was first designed in 2010 (as it still does on new ones you buy today), and by 2010 standards it wasn't all that "modern".

    Contrast this to Tesla where my car has had 3 OTA updates, each of which added new features. Everything is outstanding (except perhaps the amount of visibility in the rear view mirror).

    Driving the range-challenged LEAF drastically changed my driving style. It's made me more aware of speed and acceleration (and put me in a hypermiling mindset). I don't need that in the Tesla, but it has helped.

    Driving the Tesla long distance really shows where they are the game changer. None of my trips could have been done with a Chevy Bolt -- there just isn't the available, reliable charging infrastructure. Sites like plugshare.com (which is an absolute necessity in the LEAF) can help, but if you can't depend upon the charging stations being available or just working, then you can't really go on a trip. Taking any other car but a Tesla on a long road trip (400mii+) in the US is like traveling by covered wagon!

    (It helps that the Supercharging network for my Model S is free; it won't be for those Model 3 owners).

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