Model 3 to join Tesla's all-electric stable in 2017
July 16, 2014
Details have emerged of a new baby all-electric that Tesla plans to add to its stable. Although we have only been able to confirm a 2017 release date with Tesla, the company's CEO Elon Musk has been quoted as saying that the Tesla Model 3 will be based on a new platform and retail for around US$35,000.
Talking to the UK's Auto Express, Musk didn't reveal performance details, but expects the car to have a range of over 200 miles (320 km) with performance similar to the Model S.
The car will have its sights set on BMW’s 3 or 4 series, and given the success of the S, chances are the new addition will be more than capable at stealing market share from vehicles in the $30,000 - $50,000 range.
Although images are popping up around the internet, none are officially sanctioned by Tesla. So for the next year or so we’ll just have to use our imaginations to visualize what the Model III will actually look like.
According to Auto Express, rather than borrowing from the Model S and Model X, the Model 3 will be based on an entirely new platform, with Tesla’s British engineering chief Chris Porritt, who used to work with Aston Martin, heading the engineering effort.
Having driven Tesla's Model S last year, I for one look forward to experiencing what a smaller, hopefully lighter, quicker car will be like. If it's even 80 percent the car the Model S is, then we could be looking at a serious piece of disruptive technology.
First Canadian Supercharger station to open in BC
In related news, Tesla is set to open its first Canadian Supercharger station this week. The new quick charge station to be opened in Squamish, BC, will be located along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to support trips between Vancouver and the vacation destination of Whistler.
The station further increases the range of Tesla’s west coast charging network that now provides electric drivers the opportunity to run gas free all the way from San Diego to Whistler.