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When will the Model 3 be available?
Initial production begins in late 2017, but will likely be limited.
Don’t expect mass production until 2018, with existing Tesla customers and the more profitable highly-optioned cars getting priority initially in their geographic area.
How much will the Model 3 cost?
The base model is $35,000 before any possible federal and state tax credits.
Expect a wide range of expensive options, as is the case with the rest of the Tesla lineup.
If I pre-order a Model 3 today, when will I get it?
Even before the Model 3 was unveiled on March 31st, 115,000 people placed a $1,000 deposit to reserve a car.
Within 2 days of the unveiling, that number jumped to 276,000.
Within 1 week, 325,000 reservations were received.
Today, the number is over 400,000!
Keep in mind that the reservation deposit is fully refundable and does not guarantee a sale.
Regardless, even if a half of the people cancel their reservation, that’s still over 200,000 ahead of you in line!
Don’t expect any sooner than 2019, with 2020 or later more likely, depending on how fast Tesla can ramp up production.
How many miles can the Model 3 drive on a full electric charge?
The base model has a 215 mile range specification.
This is the biggest differentiator between the Model 3 and other electric cars in its price range, which have about half the range.
Expect even more range from an optional, larger battery.
Will the Model 3 be all wheel drive?
Just like the Model S and Model X, Tesla will offer a single-motor, rear-wheel drive configuration, or a dual-motor, all-wheel drive configuration.
How fast will the Model 3 accelerate? Will it have Ludicrous Mode?
The base model with a single motor will accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds.
Expect the dual motor configuration to be even faster.
No word yet on the Ludicrous Mode option that is available on the dual motor versions of the Model S and Model X,
but it’s reasonable to expect that option to be available on a dual motor Model 3.
Will Autopilot be a standard feature?
Like the Model S’s and Model X’s produced after September of 2014,
the Model 3 has the sensors ready for Autopilot, with the feature enabled in software as an extra-cost option.
Is the Model 3 a sedan or a hatchback?
Despite the sleek, hatchback styling, the Model 3 is actually a sedan.
The giant piece of glass that covers almost all of the rear half of the roof is fixed in place.
This leaves a short deck lid for the rear trunk, whose opening extends to the rear bumper.
Does the Model 3 have a front trunk?
Like the Model S and Model X, the Model 3 also has a trunk up in front.
Without a large gas engine in front like in most cars, there is plenty of room for a sizable front trunk.
Is the front-end design the final design?
Tesla unveiled a pre-production car, so any part can change before the production version is unveiled.
Some people have criticized the front styling, and Elon Musk has said the front end will receive some tweaking.
Personally, the front end design is a refreshing contrast to the current design trend of ugly, oversized front grilles,
which are completely unnecessary on a car that doesn’t have to cool a gas engine mounted in the front.
Will the Model 3 only have a single, center-mounted screen?
Although the interior design is not final, the single screen is the current plan.
Elon Musk has said the layout will quote “make sense after part 2 of the Model 3 unveil.”
Will the rear seat fit any child seats?
Yes, two large child seats fit, or 3 slim child seats.
Will my Model 3 be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit?
3 months after Tesla sells 200,000 electric vehicles including the Model S and Model X,
the IRS tax credit is reduced 50% for 6 months,
and then down to 25% for 3 months following that, and then down to zero.
Eligibility depends on where you are in the reservation line and how fast Tesla can produce the cars.