2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
Horsepower @ RPM:300
0-60 time:6 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:130 mph (Est.)
Tesla’s first electric car for the masses
Say what you will about Tesla – the company’s ambition is undeniable. Founded in 2003, the California-based electric carmaker set out with the goal of overturning the auto industry status quo and hastening “the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” To that end, Tesla’s latest play (and arguably its more important) is called the Model 3. Framed as a more affordable alternative to the highly successful Model S full-size sedan and Model X SUV, there’s no shortage of excitement behind the more compact 3, and now, after countless rumors and practically unending speculation, the veil has been lifted. Following a massive live streaming event celebrating the handover of the first Model 3’s off the production line, it was revealed that buyers get two trim levels to pick from, with as much as 310 miles per charge and a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds for the range-topper.
But, as you might expect, there’s a whole lotta footnotes that go along with the above-mentioned specs. For starters, actually getting a Model 3 into your driveway is no simple endeavor. Following a brief pre-production reveal in April of 2016, an estimated 400,000 people plunked down $1,000 for a pre-order, and that means if you don’t have a spot in line, it’s gonna be a while. Then there’s the list of ultra-pricey extras that add significant weight to the bottom line. Simply put, the question remains – does the Model 3 live up to the hype? Read on to find out.
Updated 08/23/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
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The Audi RS6 Avant Goes Head-to-Head With The Tesla Model 3 In An Interesting Series Of Races
There are enough and more internal combustion-engined versus electric vehicle races on YouTube and most of them end up having the EV beat its rival quite comfortably. But, this time, things could be a little different seeing the cars and their specs on paper.
The folks at Carwow decided to pit the Tesla Model 3 against the Audi RS6 Avant. The Model 3 has beaten some of the most loved cars in the past in straight-line races, but could things be any different this time?
Tesla Cars Might Be Getting Cheaper, But Supercharging Is Getting More Expensive
Tesla’s pricing for its models is going down, but the automaker is making up from those prospective losses by raising the prices for using its Supercharger network. That appears to be the case after a report from the Aussie website CarExpert indicated that charging at any of Tesla’s 35 Supercharger stations in the Land Down Under will now cost AUD0.52 (USD0.37) per kilowatt-hour. That’s an increase from the AUD0.42/kWh (USD0.30) that Tesla was charging as recently as September. Since 2017, the cost of charging a Tesla in Australia has gone up by as much as 23 percent, and with Tesla’s model price cuts continuing, don’t expect the cost of using the Supercharger network to flatten out, either.
Battle of Silence: 2021 Polestar 2 vs. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 has been around for a very long time compared to the other players in the segment. But, so far, it has emerged the winner almost every single time. Now, however, there seems a true competitor that has what it takes to topple the segment-leader – the Polestar 2. Polestar is trying to disassociate itself from Volvo and to become a strong, standalone performance brand that can become the next Tesla; or rather, the Tesla-killer!
Tesla Updates The 2021 Model 3 In The Ways That Matter Most
The Tesla Model 3 is the undisputed king despite some strong upcoming competition, like the Polestar 2. People may say it’s because of the first-mover advantage or the fact that it has been in the segment the longest, which is true to an extent, but it’s also because of the continuous updates. Tesla has managed to keep the product fresh – even though it looks the same from the beginning – by introducing new packages, constant over-the-air updates, and so on. Now, the automaker has refreshed the Model 3 for the 2020 model year and it comes with quite a few changes that make it an even better product.
How Much Does a Tesla Cost?
Tesla is, without question, one of the most popular automakers today. The California-based electric car company boasts a sexy — no pun intended — lineup of EVs, ranging from the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. It also has several models in the pipeline, including the Cybertruck, Semi, and the new Roadster. Tesla’s appeal as a car brand is palpable in the streets. You see one, and your eyes immediately gravitate towards the vehicle, as if it’s asking why you haven’t bought a Tesla yet. There, though, lies the rub. See Tesla’s are expensive. The entry-level Model 3 starts at $37,990, but that’s without the myriad of options, accessories, and add-ons that you’re going to be compelled to buy to make the ownership experience worth it. Ultimately, you’re going to have to spend at least $50,000 to get a loaded Tesla Model 3, and that price hits six figures when you opt for the Model S and Model X. So, how much does a Tesla cost when you factor in all the options that are available to a specific model? We took a look at each model that’s out on the market and those that have yet to arrive to give you a clearer picture of how you have to spend.
Here’s A Rare Look Into How Bare The Inside of a Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak Racer Is
Alright, there’s no hiding from the fact that Teslas are super fast in a straight line. But taking your Tesla Model 3 to a drag race and enlisting it at Pikes Peak are two very different dishes.
Pikes Peak is one of, if not the most dangerous motorsports competitions. So you don’t just show up in a high-powered, light-as-a-feather car and race up the mountain, but you also need to take the road condition into account (smooth asphalt is a commodity there) as well as the possibility of flying off a cliff.
Here’s Why You Should and Shouldn’t Buy a Tesla
There’s no denying that Tesla has changed the face of the EV industry. The company has forced other automakers to take this segment seriously. However, Tesla has the most loyal and most critical followers when compared to other brands. On one hand, you have people praising the brand and putting it on the pedestal, on the other you have people criticizing it in the worst way possible. But whether you like it or hate it, you can’t ignore it.
Given all the stuff you hear about Tesla, you might be confused about whether to opt for one or not if you’re out there to buy a car or an SUV. Well, we’re giving you five reasons each on why you should buy a Tesla and why you shouldn’t.
The Tesla Model 3 Outperforms the Porsche Taycan In the Moose Test
Despite the price disparity, the Porsche Taycan and Tesla’s cars cannot coexist in peace. The Porsche Taycan has had to go up against multiple Tesla models on various occasions.
Recently, the Tesla Model S managed to come in line with the Porsche Taycan performance, courtesy of the Cheetah Stance. Now, the Taycan fell short of Tesla Model 3’s Moose Test speed. The Taycan just can’t catch a break.
Tesla Could Have a Model 3 Hatchback In the Incubator
The initial plan was for Tesla to be an affordable EV company. Now, cars like the Model 3 and Model X are fairly affordable to some – especially with various federal and local tax credits – they still aren’t exactly able to compete with other entry-level cars. During a recent conference call, Elon Musk stressed this fact and even alluded to making things right, part of which means that a smaller Tesla could grace the market, and in this case, we could be talking about a Model 3 Hatchback.
This Tesla Model 3 Performance Slaughtered the McLaren F1’s Time Around the Tsukuba Circuit
Tesla cars have been eviscerating legendary supercars for quite some time now. Thanks to constant updates from the company, the performance levels of many models are getting better and better. Recently, a skimmed Tesla Model X broke the 11-second barrier in a quarter-mile run.
This time, it’s the Tesla Model 3 and it has taken down the yesteryear McLaren F1. Although the F1 is a hypercar from the 1990s, it is still regarded as one of the best performance cars out there. The Model 3 has beaten McLaren F1’s time around the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan, but there’s a catch. The Model 3 that did the run was not stock. Does it matter?
Here’s What It Looks Like to Burn Off Some Electrons In a Tesla Model 3 on the Nurburgring
The Model 3 Performance has proven its worth time and again on drag strips and in straight-line races. It has put some big names to shame courtesy of its fantastic instant torque deliver and speed-raking skills. But, how does it perform on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ called the Nurburgring? Racetrack-expert, Misha Charoudin, took it to the iconic track, and it left him impressed, but he had a few pointers for Tesla as well.
S3XY Drag Race Putting the Model 3 Up Against the Model X, Model Y, and Model S
We’ve already seen various Teslas beat the many of the internal-combustion engine supercars with utmost ease. So, it’s not wrong to say that these silent machines are explosive beasts on a drag strip. But, how do they perform when pitted against each other? Throttle House brought the S3XY range – Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y together on a drag strip to see where each model stands within the family. Let the games begin!
This Tesla Model 3 Just Proved How Versatile Electric Cars Are, Even in Water
Unless your internal combustion engine car is rated for a healthy wading depth, taking it into the waters is the worst idea. These fuel-powered mills are susceptible to hydrolocks that could seize the engine in the worst-case scenario. But, is it the same with EVs? Not really. Electric vehicles don’t have an ICE, so they are not prone to hydrolocks, and this Tesla right here proves it.
As you can see in the video, this Tesla Model 3 floated and swam across to the other side in what appears to be rather deep waters for a sedan. This right here goes on to prove how versatile EVs are.
A Tesla Model 3 Performance Just Waxed a 1200-Horsepower Nissan GT-R, But Was It Fair?
The Tesla Model 3 has been in numerous drag races where it has obliterated many superior internal combustion-engined cars without any mercy. This time around, it takes on another legend in its own right – the Nissan GT-R. This Japanese supercar is heavily modded and churns out 1,200 horses in its current spec. But, was it enough to beat the Model 3 Performance in a quarter-mile drag race?
Tesla Model 3 Police Cars Turn Out To Be An Awesome Cost-Cutting Investment
Remember the top cop of the Bargersville, Indiana Police Department who made a move to add Tesla Model 3s in his department’s patrol fleet? Well, it looks like the EVs are serving well.
Police office Todd Bertram was asked on Twitter how his experiment’s been going after he decided to add Tesla Model 3 in the fleet. He replied that the breakeven point will be much sooner than the department had expected. Is this a big win for Tesla or what?
The Tesla Model 3 Enters Modern Times With Wireless Phone Charger and USB-C Ports
Tesla cars are known not only for their electric powertrains, but also for the amount of technology they offer. You’d expect Tesla to be at the zenith when it comes to offering high-tech features, but surprisingly, that was not the case with a few things.
But, Tesla has finally introduced it. We’re talking about two features here – wireless charging and USB C-ports. The automaker has finally decided to offer it on its entry-level EV. Better late than never, right?
A Private Garage Can Give Your Tesla Model 3 an Acceleration Boost For Half the Cost
Have you ever wanted to give your Tesla extra power but have had to wait for the automaker to roll out updates? Or, didn’t feel like paying the extra moolah they charge to unlock the added performance? Well, this will intrigue you then. If you watch the YouTube videos posted by Rich from Rich Rebuilds, you may even know his garage-partners, Electrified Garage. These guys have teamed up with a company called Ingenext from Quebec, Canada, and have managed to hack into Tesla’s systems. The company has cracked the code to happiness, and that happiness will cost you half the price of what Tesla charges for a Performance upgrade. Sweet deal, right?
Tesla Slashes Prices For Model S, Model 3, and Model X
Tesla has reduced the prices of its three most popular models in what seems to be an attempt to revive demand and sales. Riding on the back of a fairly successful quarter, Tesla is looking to repeat the feat at a time when many automakers are even struggling to break even.
The electric automaker has lowered the price of the Model 3 by $2,000, the Model S and Model X by $5,000. The Model Y doesn’t get a price cut, which makes sense considering it’s a newly-launched product.
How Do You Feel About A Tesla Model 3 Convertible?
It was only a matter of time before the Model 3 went under the knife. As is the case with all popular vehicles, aftermarket companies lay their hands on them and try to give a twist in their own ways. We’ve seen the Tesla Model 3 being experimented on in the past, but we haven’t seen anything like this before. Newport Convertible Engineering has laid its hands on the electric car and converted it into a drop-top model. Do you like it?
A Month-Old Tesla Model 3’s Steering Wheel Falls Off While Driving
Tesla has improved the build quality on the Model 3 vastly in the last few years, but there are a lot of wrinkles yet to be ironed out. This is more or less the story with the other products too. The cars suffer from paint issues, panel gaps, etc., but this incident perhaps tops them all.
In the U.K., a brand new Tesla Model 3’s steering wheel has fallen off while it was in motion. Quality has never been the company’s strongest suit, but this is outrageous and life-threatening.
How Does a $50,000 Tesla Model 3 Hold Up Against a $200,000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS?
Tesla cars have proven themselves time and again, especially Performance models. Even the Model 3 Performance has given a tough fight to many sports cars known for their speed and agility. In yet another similar test, YouTuber Arty put his Model 3 Performance against his Porsche GT3 RS since both of them have very similar 0-62 mph times, but are completely different at their core. Which one do you think will win the race?
Did You Know That All Of Tesla’s Products Are Acronymized To Spell SEXY CARS?
Back in February this year, Tesla took part in the Scaled Machine Learning Conference. Tesla’s Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence Andrej Karpathy gave a presentation on the use of artificial intelligence for full self driving.
While the whole presentation is informative and throws light on Tesla’s scaling machine learning models, data algorithms, and infrastructure, there was one particular slide that caught our attention. This showed the whole Tesla range consisting of eight products and the font used to depict them spells out as SEXY CARS. Is this a mere coincidence or an intentional wordplay?
2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance by R-Zentric
Have you ever wondered how the aftermarket tuning works for EVs? You don’t have much stuff in the powertrain that you can play around with. These machines are so different that a power boost can be done via an over-the-air update. There aren’t a lot of companies who have worked on electric cars yet.
However, a company called RevoZport, has laid its hands on the Tesla Model 3 Performance and experimented with what can be done. The result is an electric car with supercar-like aerodynamics that makes it a hoot-and-a-half to drive. Not to mention, it also looks sporty with those body kits. Do you think aerodynamics will play a big part in customizing an electric car for performance?
Here’s What a Side Impact From an F-150 Looks Like to the Tesla Model 3’s Side Cameras
A lot of car crashes happen at intersections. Here’s the latest example that has come to light. A Ford F-150 jumped a red signal and crashed into a Tesla Model 3. Thankfully, this wasn’t a fatal crash, and in fact, the Model 3 held up pretty well. Even though it wasn’t a high-speed crash, a truck crashing into a sedan from the side can get devastating. Along with the front camera view, the Tesla owner also released a video that shows the crash recorded by the Tesla’s side camera.
Tesla Autopilot Will Recognize And Respond To Traffic Signals And Stop Signs
Tesla’s Autopilot is about to get smarter now. According to new reports, the brand’s semi-autonomous technology will halt at red signals and stop signs. The feature is still in beta phase, but will be added to Autopilot in the future.
A video demonstrating the feature was uploaded on Out of Spec Motoring’s YouTube channel wherein a Tesla Model 3 automatically stopped at the red light when the Autopilot was engaged. This was perhaps rolled out to a group of people because Tesla hasn’t officially announced anything about it.
2021 BMW i4 vs 2020 Tesla Model 3
BMW unveiled thei4 Concept at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, well, virtually. It previewed what we can expect from the production-spec i4 that will release some time in 2021.
The concept proved that there is a lot more to the i4 than its polarizing looks. We put it up against the Tesla Model S recently, but how does it fare against Tesla’s best-seller and most likely cheaper Model 3? So, let’s compare them both and see what are the differences between the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4, and why do those differences matter.
Tesla Launches A New Track Package And Track Mode V2 For The Model 3 Performance!
Tesla has officially announced two performance-related upgrades for the Model 3. One of them is a software update to its existing Track Mode V1, and the other one is a set of performance parts. The former is an over-the-air update that allows you to play with the settings and take extensive control of your Model 3. The latter is a package that includes wheels, tires, fluids, and a couple more things. Tesla has priced this package at $5,500, including installation. Are you ready to have fun?
Can You Really Make a Tesla Bulletproof?
In one of his earlier videos, YouTuber ItsYeBoi said that if he gets 50,000 likes, he will “Shoot his Tesla.” Well, the viewers obliged and he had had no option but to go ahead and do it. This, of course, didn’t mean he would blow up his Model 3 by any means. Instead, he decided to shoot the car’s window. Now, the Model 3’s stock window is not bulletproof like the Cybertruck’s, so this dude decided to paste a thick laminate over the existing window that would, in theory, allow the glass to survive ‘the shoot’. But, as the video’s title suggests, “Can A Bulletproof Tesla Really Stop A Bullet?”
Watch A Tesla Model 3 Equipped With Snowtracks Traverse Over Snow With Ease
If you plan to take your car to a snowy area, what do you do? Get a set of winter and snow tires, or wrap around snow chains, right? Well, this dude took things to the next level by swapping the rear tires with snow tracks! Michael uploaded a video on his YouTube channel lowlifeduramax where you can see this Model 3-turned-snowmobile in action. Surprisingly, he managed to keep the Model 3 in one piece even after multiple runs.
The List of Cars This Modified Tesla Model 3 Beat Around Tsukuba Circuit In Japan is Outlandish At Best
So, there is this Tesla Model 3 Performance that has been modified by Unplugged Performance, and it’s a downright beast. It’s modified roots are clear as day as it looks as aggressive as it, apparently, drives. Owned by YouTuber Dærik, it was recently taken to the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan where it posted an extremely impressive lap time of 1:04.7. The list of cars that it just beat around that very track is painful to read. Check out a video about the car and what it beat just a little further down the page.
Tesla’s Stock Price Surged By 20 Percent In A Single Day
In a marketplace where companies are finding it hard to compete against one another to maintain steadiness and consistency, Tesla is in a league of its own. The Musk-led company’s stock shot up by 20 percent in a single day, which happens to be its biggest gain in one day since 2013.
The spike happened courtesy of Panasonic’s earnings in its U.S. battery business with Tesla. Tesla stocks are trading at $780 at the time of writing. To put things into perspective, TSLA shares traded at $354 the day the Cybertruck was launched in November, and in just over two months, the prices have more than doubled. Guess it’s time to invest in Tesla if you haven’t already.
People Have Figured Out How To Activate The Dyno Mode On A Tesla And It Has Become A Nuisance Already
The bird is finally out of the cage. The secret is out in the open. Too dramatic, right? Well, it looks like some folks have figured out how to activate the Dyno mode on the Tesla Model 3.
When activated, this mode disables all the safety systems so that the car can be tested on the dynamometer to its full potential. The company never officially announced the feature, but an EPA finding revealed the hidden gimmick to the public. Although the company hid it so that people couldn’t misuse it, the cat is now out of the bag. Is this good or bad for Tesla?
Tesla Model 3 Versus Porsche 911 Carrera S Makes For a Very Tight Affair
While the Tesla Model S has its hands full dealing with the all-electric Porsche Taycan (not when it comes to range, though), the Model 3 has been pitted against the 2020 Porsche 911 by the fellas over at Carwow.
We know, we know, and they do too, these two are not exactly direct rivals and the differences between them aren’t only related to how they generate power and torque. The 911 is rear-wheel-driven, while the Model 3 spins all four wheels. The EV is also a tad more powerful and quicker off the line, but the Neunelfer packs a mean Launch Control feature and is, after all, a purely-bred sports car.
Tesla News Roundup For The Week of Jan 6, 2019
There is always something new happening in the world of Tesla. This year, we won’t be seeing any new products from the company, but instead, they will be focusing on expanding their technology base. Tesla is rolling out numerous over-the-air updates that are keeping the Tesla owners and enthusiasts quite interested all the time. Not to mention, the products also remain fresh this way, thus giving Musk and his company some breathing room from developing new products. Here are the major updates from Tesla this week.
Tesla Delays Some U.S. Deliveries; Costing the Unfortunate $1,875 in the Process
Tesla and controversies go hand-in-hand and here’s some more controversy from Musk’s company. Tesla has pushed some of the deliveries of its cars that were originally scheduled to be deliver this year to next year, thus costing many owners a federal tax credit of $1,875.
During every financial quarter, Tesla tried to push out as many cars as possible to showcase better results, but this time, even the customers were in a rush to take deliveries up to the 31st of December to avail the tax credit. However, Electrek says that several U.S. buyers were asked to either take deliveries early next year without the credit or cancel their orders. Well, it’s clearly not a good situation to be in.
Tesla Update: First Model 3s Roll Out In China, Model Y Moves to Germany, Future OTA Updates
When Tesla invested in a 534-square-mile plot of land in Eastern Shanghai province, no one would have expected a full-fledged factory built there in less than a year. However, the company managed to achieve the feat and even rolled out the first batch of Model 3s off the production line on the 30th of December. Model Y production, however, is now expected to take place in Berlin, Germany and hackers have uncovered some interesting information in the Model 3’s source code.
Hacker Uncovers a Big List of Potential Model 3 Upgrades. Including a Larger Battery
Tesla is generally known to be tight-lipped about news and information about its products. Take the Cybertruck, for instance. Until the date of the unveil, no one had seen it, no were any sketches or other relevant information leaked aside from Elon Musk’s cryptic logo. But, this time, Tesla couldn’t keep things to itself. Tesla somehow leaked some codes in the recent software upgrade on the Model 3. A Tesla hacker who goes by the name “Green”, has cracked the code and come up with some interesting data, including a 100 kWh battery pack in the near future!
Boost the 0-60 MPH Sprint of your Tesla Model 3 With the Press of a Button
Tesla has now launched a new upgrade for the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Long Range that will boost your acceleration enough to get you to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds – an improvement of 0.5 seconds. This news comes less than 24 hours after fine print about such an upgrade showed up at the bottom of the upgrade section in some people’s Tesla account. The upgrade is aptly called “Acceleration Boost,” and if you want it, it’ll cost you an extra $2,000.
Hacker Uncovers a Huge List of Video Streaming Apps Coming to Tesla Cars, Including HBO and Comedy Central
A variety of entertainment options could be headed to Tesla’s in-car entertainment system after a hacker discovered assets within the automaker’s operating system. These assets were identified as several new streaming apps, including HBO, Twitch, Comedy Central, and even Chinese video hosting service YouKu.
Though no confirmation has been given on Tesla’s plans for these assets, their existence within the company’s operating system suggests that Tesla is considering adding these services in some future version of its software, provided that it has secured agreements with the companies that own these streaming services.
Video: Tesla’s Smart Summon Feature Is Good For Stationary Objects, But Not So Much For Moving Obstacles
Tesla’s Smart Summon feature has become the Guinea Pig for a lot of YouTubers out there, as people can’t stop testing this technology under different circumstances and situations. Search it up online and you’ll see a lot more negative reviews than positive ones.
Although it’s a good technology, Tesla needs to fine-tune it to make it foolproof. In the meanwhile, a Model 3 owner, Kevin Rooke, decided to check this feature out by testing it on moving obstacles. He uses many props like a shopping cart, a soccer ball, and many things that can “roll” in front of the car. Do you think the Smart Summon can detect them all?
The Tesla Model 3 Will Make a Great Police Car and Sentry Mode Could Be a Big Assist
Tesla announced the Sentry Model in February, 2019, as an extra layer of protection added to its cars against theft. Essentially, Sentry Mode continuously monitors the car’s vicinity and reacts to various threats.
But as it turns out, a police department has deemed Tesla’s Sentry Mode as extremely useful for its officers and patrol cars.
Just Another Excuse or Did Tesla’s AutoPilot Really Hit Three Cars, Once of Which Was a Police Crusier?
When you have a technology with a tainted reputation in your car, there are high chances that it’ll be blamed for something it didn’t do. That is exactly what Tesla has been going through with Autopilot. A Model 3 owner crashed into cop cars and blamed it on the Autopilot saying he was checking on his dog on the rear bench. Even if the vehicle was on Autopilot, what happened to being ready to take over when needed?
Can a Tesla Model 3 Really Beat an Acura NSX in a Drag Race?
The Acura NSX is one of the sexiest vehicles available today. But it is not just about the looks: the car can sprint to high speeds quite effortlessly. The NSX has fans all across the globe and it has proved its mettle a number of times over the years. But, does it have what it takes to compete with the new breed of evolved cars? Unfortunately, no.
The Acura NSX recently took to a drag strip to challenge the Tesla Model 3, but just couldn’t take it down. Is this a sad plight for the petrolheads out there, or a happy one for EV lovers? You decide.
Tesla News Roundup Nov 11-15 - Cybertruck Trademark, Model 3 Update, Gigafactory 4 and more!
Tesla had a phenomenal week. It was not just the Cybertruck that stole the limelight. The Model 3 is impressing the hell out of everyone all across the glob, and it even received a performance upgrade. The company is also making major strides in terms of expanding its global footprint. What’s more, Tesla reported profits in the third quarter, and there’s big news out of SpaceX. Could things be any better for Elon Musk right now? Let’s take a look at all the news from this week!
Who’s Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?
I saw an article posted by another outlet just the other day that was titled “idiots are trying to run themselves over with Their Own Tesla’s.” Like most people, I didn’t really read the article – I eventually did, and it isn’t much of an article – however, with all the dumb challenges going on these days (dumb kids eating tide pods, I’m looking at you) I found it very easily to believe people are out there jumping in front of their Tesla on Smart Summon, just to see if it will stop. As it turns out, there aren’t as many cases as I would have expected, and I’m sure they’re coming at some point, but there is one “homemade” test that we’ve posted below. Not surprisingly, the Smart Summon feature is far from perfect. This raises another question in my mind, though: Who the hell is responsible in accidents involving Tesla Smart Summon?
Tesla has a different view of what “having fun in a car” should mean. Don’t get us wrong, but for the vast majority of gearheads out there, that’s synonymous to actually driving the car and occasionally taking it to the limit. Call us old fashioned, but we don’t see a point in offering your customers the likes of in-car gaming and in-car karaoke since we’re still far, far away from Level 5 autonomous driving. No, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t that.
As usual, Tesla will deliver the update through its over-the-air system this week, but before you get it, here’s what you should look for. For a better grasp, we’ve grouped the new features based on their purpose.
Tesla Model 3 Owners Had a Very Nice Labor Day Gift from Tesla This Year
Tesla loves giving surprises. They are always on the lookout for new ways to keep the customers excited and looking forward to new adventures. On Labor Day, the company decided to astonish the owners once again. How, you ask? By locking them out of their cars! Many owners were left stranded outside their cars when Tesla’s Phone Key app experienced failure for a brief period. Looks like Tesla took the Labor Day off to the next level. But, let’s cut them some slack and leave them ‘Elon’. The company was enjoying Labor Day, too!
This is What You Don’t Get in the Cheapest, $35,000 2020 Tesla Model 3
Let’s be honest here; the Tesla Model 3’s interior isn’t exactly rich and well defined. It is sparsely equipped with one massive screen that hosts virtual buttons for all functions. In higher grade trims, Tesla did manage to offer nice upholstery on the seats and more expensive materials on the doors. It does give a bit of style and pizzazz to the Tesla Model 3, but nowhere near enough to match the lavish of the Lexus IS, 3 Series, or, the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The problem is that even the most expensive Model 3’s interior cannot hold a candle to the interiors of even less expensive cars. And now, we have a stripped-down Model 3. What could Tesla possibly delete from the Model 3 to lower its price to $35,000? Well, here’s a list of everything you don’t get with the entry-level Tesla Model 3.
Novitec’s Take on the Tesla Model 3 Is a Song of Carbon Fiber
We’re willing to bet our lunch money that you’ve heard of Novitec before, especially in connection to heavyweight names such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren of Rolls-Royce. But those who have developed an interest in the German tuner’s work know it also directs some resources into churning out subtle packs that touch on Teslas, under the Novitec for Tesla tab. So far, Novitec had a go at the Model S and Model X, so it was really just a matter of time before the Model 3 was given its fair share of attention. Mind you, the add-ons fall on the subtle side, which is perhaps the best route to take, especially since some years ago Elon Musk was adamant that owners should not, under any circumstances, tune or modify their vehicles as this would unbalance their working order. We’ll deal with that aspect in the following lines, but let us first have a good look at Novitec’s treatment for the Model 3.
Someone Caught the Rare and Elusive Tesla Pickup on Video!
The Tesla pickup truck is all the sedation these days, but no one has seen it or caught its test mules or anything. However, this channel on YouTube called ’TorqueNews" apparently caught the pickup truck comfortably cruising on the highway completely undisguised. Is this the real deal? Well, it’s not. Tesla is not known to test its vehicles out in the open whether disguised or undisguised. It probably tests them somewhere in the outer space along with the SpaceX Roadster; or in the Hyperloop tunnels! You wouldn’t see a ’Musk’ito out in the open from Tesla’s factory, let ’Elon’ a pickup truck (I know how horrible these puns sound).
Nomad Tesla Model 3 Wireless Phone Charger
Finding aftermarket bits and bobs that fit your car perfectly is, at times, a tough task. And we’re not talking solely about the tuning scene, with its aero parts and custom wheel designs. So, consider this: how long have you been searching for, let’s say, a decent car phone charger that doesn’t break after the first use or doesn’t mess up your smartphone’s battery? California-based Nomad has been selling high-quality chargers, cables, phone cases, and other such contraptions since 2012, and it is now exploring the in-car charging gear avenue with a dual, wireless phone charger designed specifically for the Tesla Model 3.
Can I buy the long-awaited Tesla $35.000 Model 3? Good question!
With the $35,000 priceModel 3, Elon Musk promised to bring electric cars to the masses. Well, when the EV was released, in July 2017, the automaker offered only the much more expensive Long Range and Performance models. Only earlier this year, Tesla delivered the agreed $35,000 Model 3 and guess what? Since its introduction, the carmaker removed the car from its online ordering system and raised the price. Thus the long-awaited $35,000 Tesla, survived on the market for less than three months.
The first ever Tesla pickup truck is here and it’s not what you expected
We know for a fact that Tesla will unveil its first ever pickup truck sometime this year, but some people aren’t prepared to wait so they’ve made their own. This is the story of Simone Giertz who did just that, using a Tesla Model 3 sedan as a base. That’s right. She bought a Tesla Model 3 and started cutting, adjusting, and welding. The result is way better than we would have expected. Here’s how this story goes.
Jeff Mc Quinn gives credit to his Model 3 driver-assist system for saving him from getting sideswiped on the freeway. Mc Quinn felt his Model 3 swerve into an adjacent lane. He believed something was strange and thought the Autopilot was malfunctioning. Only when he reviewed the vehicle dashcam footage, which he shared on YouTube, did the Model 3 owner realize that the Autopilot system saved him from being sideswiped by a truck.
Will Panasonic save Tesla Model Y production from the battery cell shortage foreseen by Gigafactory 1?
The start of production of the 2020 Tesla Model Y next year will result in a battery cell shortage, according to reports from the Gigafactory 1 factory. Panasonic’s CEO, Kazuhiro Tsuga, wants to discuss the topic with Tesla. For the production of the Model Y, Tesla has yet to declare which factory it will use. Also, Tesla has not confirmed any battery supplier for the production of the Model 3.
Is Tesla relying on a new investment from Panasonic?
Europeans can buy a tow hitch for their Tesla Model 3 at about $1,262
On May 7, honoring a promise made in 2016 to Tesla customers, Elon Musk made a tow hitch available as an option for Model 3. So far, the feature is open only to Europeans for an extra charge of about $1,262. Tesla has been talking about a towing capacity of up to 910 kg (2,000 lbs).
Disappointingly, Tesla is not making available the tow hitch for Model 3 vehicles already delivered, so you can only get one if you haven’t taken delivery yet.