Tesla has recently announced they are planning a BMW Series 3 rival named the model 3.
We had heard rumors that their next release would be called the model E, but Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had some issues in the naming process:
“We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car, so I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.
We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.
The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!” Auto Express
This new design is will be unveiled in 2016 and set to be market-ready by 2017. We’ve also learned that it’s most likely set to be an all-new design – rather than based on Teslas other models, the Model S and Model X. As for the cars technology, that’s a task for ex-Aston Martin employee Chris Porritt.
As for specific information, the model 3 is rumoured to be 20% smaller than the Model S and is said to retail for $35,000 USD, thanks to cheaper battery technology made possible by Teslas Gigafactory. Musk also mentioned that the model 3 will have a realistic range of 200 miles, which is less than its Model S brother at 306 miles.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to say about the Model 3 at this stage, we’re going to have to wait until the time is closer Musk told CNET:
“We don’t have any more details to share at this point. Our focus continues to be on Model S and preparing for the introduction of Model X.”
For some images of the beast in question, check them out here.
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