As impressive as Tesla’s electric cars have proved to be over the last decade or so, only a select few with immensely deep pockets have ever been able to afford them – until now. The Model 3 is described by the company as its “most affordable car yet,” with prices starting at $35,000 (approx. £30,000) – less than half Tesla’s ‘falcon wing’ Model X .
And it seems a lot of motorists have been eagerly awaiting a car like this: just three days after its unveiling, some 276,000 pre-orders had already been logged, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. That’s not bad going for a car that won’t actually arrive until the end of 2017.
The car’s no slouch, even if it is cheaper than previous Tesla models. The company says it will be capable of going from 0 to 60mph in less than six seconds, and will have a drag coefficient of 0.21 – that’s lower than any mass-market car currently in production. The electric-powered Telsa 3 can also go a respectable 215 miles between charges, which is about the distance between London and Manchester.
Like the Model S, the Model 3 also includes has its fair share of high-tech features. This includes self-driving Autopilot Mode, which handle motorway cruising, lane changes and parking completely autonomously. It will also have a 15-inch tablet-like information screen and steering controls that “feel like a spaceship,” according to Musk. It also has storage space in both the front and the back.
You can secure a Model 3 reservation of your own by depositing £1,000/$1,000 into Tesla’s coffers via its official website.