Tesla Model 3: Price and Specs

By Phill Powell

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).

Insiders say this concept of the Model 3 is pretty close to what the final product could look like.

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?

Battery Power!
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.

The keys to the kingdom: Tesla’s vehicles will succeed or fail based upon how well the company’s battery technology performs.

Tesla Model 3: Specs & Features

  • Models: Tesla 344, Tesla 366d and Tesla P366d

  • Prices: $35,000 (344), $44,000 (366d) and $60,000 (P366d)
  • Expected Product Launch: March 2016
  • Expected Manufacturing Start: Late 2017
  • Driving Range Per Charge: 220 miles (344), 320 miles (366d) and 300 miles (P366d)
  • Engine: Single-motor, rear-wheel drive (344), dual-motor, all-wheel drive (366d) and dual-motor, all-wheel drive (P366d)
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds (344), 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds (366d) and 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds (P366d)
  • Vehicle Weight: 3,150-3,600 lbs. (depending on model)
  • Body Size Compared to Tesla Model S: 80 percent
  • Body Size Comparable to: BMW 3 Series
  • Power Source: Tesla EV battery packs
  • Battery Power: 50 kWh
  • Battery Manufacturing Facility: Tesla Gigafactory
  • Battery Production Location: Reno, Nevada
  • Battery Design: Rectangular aluminum case
  • Power Supply: Hundreds of 18650 power cells joined together with wiring
  • Number of Welds per Battery Cell: 4
  • Size of Battery Cells: 20mm x 70mm
  • Size of Battery Cells in Tesla Model S: 18mm x 65mm
  • Anode Material Construction: Silicon-graphene
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