Tesla Model 3: A big milestone for Tesla and EVs

From Motor Trend “EXCLUSIVE: TESLA MODEL 3 FIRST DRIVE REVIEW”

Tesla started deliveries of its Model 3 Friday July 28, 2017 at its event. It gave the keys of the first 30 units.

The fact that Tesla is manufacturing Model 3 on time, and started to deliver cars to customers, is a remarkable achievement.

It can’t be ignored that Tesla Co-Founder & CEO Elon Musk, wrote 10 years (August 2, 2006) in the Tesla Motor Master Plan, its plans for Model 3 and made it happen.

1) Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
2) Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
3) Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car
4) And… Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.

Did you see the place where the side camera is? This is the first time I see a camera in the B pillar of a vehicle.

From Motor Trend “EXCLUSIVE: TESLA MODEL 3 FIRST DRIVE REVIEW”
From Motor Trend “EXCLUSIVE: TESLA MODEL 3 FIRST DRIVE REVIEW”

Interesting to read that your smartphone is the key of your Model 3. What happens if your phone runs out of battery and your car is locked? Ah! Tesla includes a couple of NFC cards that can unlock and start-up the car.

Kim Reynolds and William Walker from Motor Trend, published an exclusive drive review discussing with Franz von Holtzhausen, chief designer for Tesla.

The Tesla Model 3 is here, and it is the most important vehicle of the century.
Yes, the hyperbole is necessary. The original Tesla Model S was a proof of concept — it was possible to make a long-range electric vehicle. The Model X showed that you could make an electric SUV. But neither was affordable to the masses.
What’s blanching, though, is the car’s ride and handling. If anybody was expecting a typical boring electric sedan here, nope. The ride is Alfa Giulia (maybe even Quadrifoglio)–firm, and quickly, I’m carving Stunt Road like a Sochi Olympics giant slalomer, micrometering my swipes at the apexes.
Have I ever driven a more startling small sedan? I haven’t. At speed, it gains a laser-alertness I haven’t encountered before.

As Alex Roy wrote back on January 2016,

“People don’t buy a Tesla solely for the car. They’re buying into an ecosystem that includes an EV. An ecosystem that upends everything about the traditional ownership experience, without which any EV — even a Tesla — is just a brick in a pond.
This is where GM got almost everything wrong with the Bolt. This is why the Bolt will fail.”