Tesla Model 3 — The Car of My Future

The electric car that will change the world.

Ever since Tesla Motors unveiled the Model S, I’ve been fascinated by Elon Musk’s company. A properly thought out electric car with enough range to mitigate the ‘range anxiety’ that afflicts most pure electric cars.

There are many upsides to an all electric car and even more so from the Model S. From the low co-efficient of drag to the low centre of gravity afforded by have the battery desk in the floor of the car (which also provides a flat-foor, very important for reduction in drag) — the Model S is packed with tech which seemingly comes from science fiction. The auto-pilot system is incredible, (it could be argued that it’s the faith of the owners who engage autopilot is equally incredible) that can take care of the monotony of long distance driving — using an array of sensors to take car of lane and traffic discipline.

For all the amazing things that the Model S brings to the table, it is very much a premium saloon car. It competition is the likes of the Porsche Panamera and the Mercedes S-Class. Naturally, the priced commanded is as astronomical as the technology behind the amazing Model S. However, on March 31st Tesla Motors will share the first details of Model 3 — the first mass-market car that the company has produced.

Concrete details are scarce, but what is known in the intention to be priced around $35,000 (before government/state incentives) and designed to take on the mighty Audi A4/BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C-Class trinity that dominates the family saloon sector. Here in the UK, we’ll see what that price translates to, after the £5,000 rebate and the inevitable tax. We’ve heard that it’ll be 20% smaller than the Model S — which bring the dimensions in line with the German titans and will have a range of 200 miles on a single charge.

The Model 3 (which would be the named ‘Model E’ if not for a trademark owned by the Ford Motor Company) represents a genuine game-changer for the industry. It’s a well known fact that while the electric cars has been around for almost as long as cars themselves, the breed was effectively killed off by the Detroit giants in the mid 1990s. It’s only recently that pure electric cars have made a resurgence, with improving battery technology increasing range at a exponential rate.

There are drawbacks to pure electric cars, as there are with conventional internal combustion engines. Generating electricity is still the domain of power plants which use fossil fuels (although Tesla Motors has thought of that too with it’s Power Wall technology — using solar panels to generate enough electricity to charge your car and run your home!) and this result in power shortages if there’s too much demand for electricity. The charging time at the Superchargers stations is approximately 20 minutes and that’s an consideration for longer journeys. But there are located in areas which are conducive to taking a break from driving.

We’ll find out in the coming months on the complete spec list of the Model 3, on March 31st we’ll just get a quick glimpse of a prototype — not the final build. We’ll be able to crunch the numbers of how much we’ll save not buying petrol/diesel and pre-order the car of the future. Hopefully it’ll carry most of the technology that features in the flagship Model S and become the car that we can’t refuse.

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