Tesla Offers New Mid Range Model 3 To Tempt EV Buyers, But Base Trim Buyers Might Be Out Of Luck
A new Model 3 is now available to order. It’s called the “Mid Range,” and it offers 260 miles per charge, a top speed of 125 mph, and a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds, all for $45,000. Factor in the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit and $4,300 in average fuel savings, and the final price comes to $33,200, which makes it quite tempting for those looking to live the Tesla lifestyle without dropping a ton of coin. However, with the base Model 3 not hitting production until next year and the Federal Tax Credit on its way out the door, will the Mid Range be the best Tesla you can buy?
Porsche Says It Can Cut Tesla’s Charge Times In Half
As the electric car market becomes bigger and more populated these days, Porsche is looking for a way to stand out from competition, and a big part of that approach is developing technologies that will allow it to claim the industry’s quickest charging times. The Porsche Taycan electric sports car — it’s Porsche’s first all-electric model ever — is expected to showcase that with the ability to charge 80 percent of its battery in just 15 minutes.
Tesla Model 3 Sells Like Crazy, Leaves Hyundai, Nissan in the Dust
Despite nagging production issues, the Tesla Model 3 is fast becoming one of America’s best-selling sedans. Monthly and quarterly sales totals in the last three months ending in September revealed that the Model 3 outsold all but four of the top sedans sold in the U.S., regardless of their size and price. In that time span, Tesla sold around 55,800 units of the Model 3, outselling far more established models like the Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Fusion, and Chevrolet Malibu. The only four models that outsold the Model 3 are the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, and Honda Accord.
Elon Musk Accused of Fraud, SEC Sues to Remove Him from Tesla
Elon ‘Controversy’ Musk is in the news yet again. This time, it seems serious. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Musk of fraud. What fraud, you ask? The agency says he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. They want him fired from Tesla.
Tesla’s Big Surprise Debut at the Grand Basel Was Just the Same Prototype We’ve Seen Before
Last November, Tesla dropped a bombshell with the debut of its upcoming second-generation Roadster, surprising everyone by tagging the reveal at the end of the debut for its new all-electric semi truck. Now, it looks like the California-based automaker is trying to ride that hype wave all the way into shore, as its latest “surprise” is the same Roadster prototype we’ve already seen on numerous occasions.
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Tesla Can’t Get the Model 3 Right, but Elon Musk Says a $25,000 EV is Only Three Years Away
The Tesla Model 3 is currently the most affordable vehicle in the company’s lineup, but that could change in the future after CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company could make a $25,000 electric car at some point in the near future. Musk didn’t elaborate on the details of the proposed vehicle, but he did say that it could be a compact model that would become a cheaper alternative to the BMW 1 Series or the Mercedes GLA-Class.
Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain
Another day, another Tesla drama. The latest pertains to the California automaker’s new Model 3 compact, it’s most-affordable, and arguably most-important, offering to date. Apparently, the car is having some trouble holding on to its rear bumper when driving through puddles.
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Tesla Haters Go Crazy Over Model 3 Stockpile
There’s certainly been no shortage of drama in the world of Elon Musk lately. The billionaire CEO of Tesla had a few choice words for a diver involved in the recent Thai cave incident after he criticized Musk’s plan to use a submarine to rescue the stranded children. Musk eventually apologized, but Tesla’s stock took a plunge all the same. Now, a raft of Tesla haters have revealed a stockpile of freshly minted Model 3’s parked in California, leading to a host of unfounded accusations thrown at the EV producer.
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Tesla Built 7,000 Cars in Seven Days, Including 5,000 Model 3s
It took longer than most people, including Tesla, expected, but finally, it appears that the electric car maker has finally achieved its goal of building 5,000 Model 3 units in a span of seven days. It took 24-hours, 7-days-a-week schedules to do it, but the company reported earlier this week that it had concluded its three-month build period that ended Saturday by building 53,339 vehicles, including 28,578 Model 3 sedans.
West Wing Actress Not Happy With Tesla After her Husband’s Model S Catches on Fire
The Husband of a “West Wing” actress Mary McCormack was sitting in traffic when his Tesla Model S suddenly begin to spew fire from underneath the driver’s side. He was flagged by another driver and pulled over, avoiding any injury, but the actress has decided to play the drama card and send a little heat Tesla’s way.
Can You Spot What’s Different on This Tesla Roadster Prototype?
Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting had its share of surprises, but one of the biggest highlights from the event was the unveiling of a new prototype for the upcoming Tesla Roadster. The prototype was spotted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, sitting alongside a Model 3, Model S, Model X, and a Tesla Semi prototype. Curiously, the Roadster was the only model that was cordoned off, suggesting that Tesla wasn’t keen on the idea of letting people get an up-close look at it.
Elon Musk Teases the Tesla Model Y; Mentions a Compact Hatchback in the Near Future
Tesla has just finished its annual shareholder meeting, and two of the biggest takeaways involve the announcement of the Model Y crossover and the teasing of a compact car that could be built in the next five years. Without jumping to any specifics, Musk responded to a question about compact cars by saying that the electric car maker will have its own “in less than five years.” The company’s goal, it seems, is to have a car that can compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the rest of the hatchback segment.
Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 - 9 Months
We recently learned that Tesla had to refund almost a quarter of all the 400,000 reservations made for the Model 3 due to production delays, but Elon Musk is already looking into the future and says that pricing for the sedan could drop once production increases. The CEO also said that Tesla might start offering Model 3 leases in "six to nine months."
After Posting Record-Setting Reservations for the Model 3, Tesla’s Now Facing a Massive Refund Exodus From Customers
Two years after posting more than 400,000 reservations for the Model 3 electric car, Tesla is now facing a big pushback from customers, a lot of whom have begun asking for their money back because of frustrations with the extended production delays on the Model 3. According to data from analytics company Second Measure, almost a quarter of all the $1,000 deposits made on the Model 3 have been refunded.
An Over-The-Air Update Was All it Took For The Tesla Model 3 To Get Consumer Reports’ Approval
Remember the whole brouhaha involving Consumer Reports’ review of the Tesla Model 3? The review publication had some good things to say about the electric sedan, but it also had some issues with some aspects of the car, none more glaring than the braking issues that overshot Tesla’s claims. Well, the automaker came out with an over-the-air software update to fix the issue, and that’s all it took for Consumer Reports to give the Model 3 its full recommendation.
Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance
Tesla didn’t take long to fix an issue with the braking capabilities of its models after a Consumer Reports test criticized the automaker after inconsistencies surfaced in testing for the stopping distance of the Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company found an issue with its “ABS calibration algorithm” and has rolled out an over-the-air software update to fix the problem.
Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade
The Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in 2016 and received a thunderous response, garnering 232,000 bookings within two days. One thing that surely contributed to this number was the design of the wheels. The Model 3 prototype came equipped with a set of smoking-hot wheels, which unfortunately didn’t make it to production then. However, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeted that this design would be available as an upgrade later this year! Yes, we are definitely excited about it!
The Tesla Model 3 almost feels like more of a unicorn than a car that’s on the market, doesn’t it? There are so many customers still waiting for theirs. Those who have theirs have had complaints about the materials and build quality. It was just knocked hard as hell for poor brake performance (Elon Musk has promised a fix, by the way.) The thing is, a lot of people haven’t actually had the chance to see one up close yet. I’ve seen three different Maseratis in the past two weeks and haven’t seen one Model 3 – and I live in a big city with plenty of public chargers.
The point is, you’re probably curious to see just what it’s like to be inside the Model 3, how it drives, whether or not it’s powerful enough. Hell, maybe you’re just outright curious. It’s an intriguing little car with a minimalist design and downright quick performance. The long-range model can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds – that’s faster than a lot of sports cars its size on the road today, and it does it without using a drop of gasoline or diesel fuel.
With that said, Top Gear was nice enough to take a nice long drive with the Tesla Model 3 and they took the time to record the whole trip. Go ahead and watch the video below, then click on the link at the bottom to learn all about the Tesla Model 3!