Tesla’s entry level car offers its customers a choice of two battery capacities to choose from.
Elon Musk, the CEO of USA based Electric Vehicle maker Tesla, has officially confirmed the battery specifications of the Model 3.
The Model 3 – Tesla’s first mass market EV, offers two different battery choices – a 50 kWh and a 75 kWh. A performance focused variant of the car, which will inevitably house a larger capacity battery – is also on cards. However, Musk made it very clear that the 100 kWh battery which propels Tesla’s other performance models is a bit too bulky to be accommodated by the Model 3.
This information is essential for the investors who are estimating the cost of the Tesla Model 3 in order to model ways that Tesla can achieve its targeted 25 per cent gross margin on the new car.
Musk also revealed that two versions of the Model 3 will be offered from launch – Standard and Long Range. The former can go 220 miles (354 km) before the battery maxes out, while the latter extends that to 310 miles (499 km). Opting for either models will take you to 100 km/h from a standstill in less than 6 seconds, and a top speed upwards of 200 km/h.
The Model 3 features a seamless wood-panelled dashboard without any physical button – a massive centrally-mounted touch-screen system takes care of just about every interior control you may think of. The car will also have Tesla’s autopilot features, including emergency braking system. Over time, there will be more optional systems that will be offered on the Model 3.
Tesla already has about 500,000 pre-orders for the Model 3. The Standard and Long Range models cost $35,000 (Rs. 22.38 lakh) and $44,000 (Rs. 28.14 lakh) respectively in the USA.