2017 may mark the turning point in the world of electric vehicles. This is because the new Tesla Model 3 units will hit the road at the end of 2017; a vehicle that is 100% electric and which is setting all-time sales records for zero emission vehicles. And all at an affordable price.
The details say it all: 400 kilometres of autonomy, acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometres in less than six seconds and totally electric.
The Tesla Model 3 is a saloon car and it is a more compact version of its big brother Model S, with an attractive and spacious design, technologically far superior and at an affordable price, ranging from $35,000 to $42,000, depending on the extra features. Another design feature is the dashboard, with a large digital screen replacing the traditional instrument panel.
A Supercharging network will be used to charge the Tesla Model 3 batteries, charging the battery in a matter of minutes. These charging stations are commonplace in the United States, strategically placed in shopping centres, restaurants and petrol stations, as in Europe or in Spanish cities such as Gerona and Tarragona. In order to cater for the Tesla Model 3, the company Palo Alto plans to extend this network with 15,000 additional charging points for when the car is in production.
Within the first 24 hours, the Californian company received over 180,000 firm reservations (with $1,000 deposit). One week after its first public appearance, the number of orders exceeded 325,000 units. The last figure mentioned by Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, was 373,000.
This extortionate figure is three times the number of cars manufactured by the company throughout its entire history.
In order to meet this huge demand, Tesla Motors is building a large factory in the Nevada desert where it plans to manufacture at least 500,000 units per year. All being well, Tesla Motors could deliver the first 200,000 units at the end of 2017 and the rest in 2018.
It would appear that Tesla Model 3 will mark a reference point in the electric vehicle market, forcing other manufacturers such as Chevrolet, BMW or Nissan, the main rivals of Tesla Motors, to design new vehicles with improved technology, greater autonomy and at more competitive prices. Will this finally be the electric vehicle revolution?
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