You have probably spotted Tesla vehicles more and more frequently on your daily commute. That’s because the top-selling electric vehicle for the month of June 2019 was a Tesla Model 3 (accounting for over two thirds of sales). Many rumors surround the Tesla vehicle brand because Tesla doesn’t run commercials or “Summer Sales” like other automakers do. The company doesn’t even have dealerships; everything you buy is directly from Tesla. Here are some top rumors and questions regarding a Tesla Model 3:
Is it fully electric?
Yes, all Tesla vehicles run completely on battery. Typically ranges vary from 200-300 miles per “charge.” There is no “gas backup” if you run out of charge.
How long does it take to charge the vehicle?
It depends. There are three types of charging:
How safe is it?
It’s probably the safest mass-produced car in the world.
How fast is it?
The “Performance” version of the car goes from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. The “pick-up” or acceleration is much better than a combustion engine because it has higher “torque” which helps drivers to avoid obstacles and instantly accelerate when needed.
The technology of the Model 3 is so far ahead of any other car that just having the intuitive interface is enough of a selling point. With “over-the-air” updates every month or so, your car seems “new” with each update.
Can the car drive itself?
A lot of people think it can (probably due to Elon Musk’s tweets and over-promising), but this isn’t so. The Tesla Model 3 currently has attained Level 2 Autonomy; the system can take full control, but you need to be ready to “jump in” at any moment and monitor the car. It can highway drive very easily (accelerate, brake, steer, lane-change). Eventually, it may be able to read stop-signs and red lights.
The Model 3 has a tablet that allows drivers to play a bunch of classic arcade games. Netflix and YouTube are scheduled to become available soon as well (but only while the car is in park).
Other cool features:
The general cost of a Model 3 varies almost monthly. The company does a “cost-based” business model; if they reduce the cost of production/features, they pass on the cost to the consumer. The standard range (lowest-end model) starts around $38,000.
Other factors to consider:
Currently, every Model 3 has “fully level 5 autonomous” capabilities, but the technology isn’t there yet. Buying a Tesla is considered an investment. Personally, it’s not worth the price tag until the car has the full features built in.
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