Tesla Motors is prepping its first mass-market vehicle, the much-anticipated Tesla Model 3. The car will take the shape of a small sedan and/or compact SUV and have a more reasonable price tag (somewhere in the $40K-$60K range).
But there are other important numbers industry analysts are curious about…like, how many Model 3s are Tesla making, when will it be available and maybe most importantly, how far will the car be able to travel on a single battery charge?
There’s a very direct relationship between driving range and car cost: A longer driving range requires more battery power, which drives up vehicle costs accordingly.
Tesla’s stated goal for the Model 3 has been that it be able to run for 200 miles or more before needing a charge, but analysts say in order to make that happen, the cost of extra battery technology will push the car up from its $35K starting point. A luxury edition of the Model 3 may carry a $60,000 price tag, but for that money you get a twin-engine motor – that can go from 0 to 60 in just over 3 seconds.
Tesla makes a critically acclaimed automobile, but its cars are expensive, and out of reach for many. Brilliant futurist Elon Musk knows this. Musk heads up Tesla and has been working feverishly to make the Model 3 accessible to a mass market.
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