A Tesla For The Rest Of Us: $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Coming In 2017

Elon Musk’s vision for fleets of all-electric vehicles seems to be going well for the most part, some litigious miscellany notwithstanding, but the cars are rather expensive. However, that’s all going to change in 2017, when Tesla releases the Model 3 that will cost just $35,000.

Granted, a $35,000 car is not what you’d call cheap, but it’s far more affordable than the nearly-$70,000 Tesla Model S sedan.

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

Based on an all-new platform, the Model 3 should have a range of over 200 miles on a single charge, and of course it will make use of Tesla’s growing nationwide network of Supercharger stations.

There will no doubt be plenty of leaks and rumors about this car, which could cause a serious disruption in the auto market in a few years.
Via:  Autoexpress
Rosec14 5 months ago

Anyone know what "litigious miscellany" the author is referring to?

BurntChz 5 months ago

It mostly centers on NJ trying to ban direct sales of Tesla cars. http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/11/autos/tesla-new-jersey-ban/index.html

NicolasJulan 5 months ago

$35 000 wow

digitaldd 5 months ago

So its basically the cost of a Prius?

xXxDOYLExXx 5 months ago

And my house cost $20,000 lol (granted I live in the midwest and it's a lot cheaper)

200 miles though? How long does it take to charge? In the midwest you will drive close to 60 miles (round trip) just to work, let alone other duties for work or after hour errands. I imagine it takes a few hours to charge the car?

I saw some articles on a new Samsung S4 charger that only takes 30 seconds to charge it completely...until that tech comes out for cars, electric cars are worthless imo.

Windy 5 months ago

The price of the car is even less than it is seems as you save money on gas and maintenance.

As for charging it depends on how you charge, if you charge at home, Tesla has a twin charger that charges to full in 4.5 hours. So you wake up every morning with 100% range never having to worry about filling up. (60 miles would take about an hour). At superchargers, for long distance you can charge to 50% in 20 minutes while you eat. (supercharging is free for life with purchase of the car)

If you need more than 200 miles. Tesla will have options for larger batteries.

The biggest mistake people make is try to judge EVs as gasoline cars rather than just cars. Once you realize how much time and money you save going straight home instead of wasting time at gas stations, is when people realize the convenience.

AustinCurran 5 months ago

Now you too can have a firebomb!

Windy 5 months ago

Hopefully with this car we can reduce the use of gasoline vehicles. 1 out of every 1666 gasoline vehicles catch on fire every year and is a serious issue. With a move to EVs, we will reduce car fire significantly.

TylerVieira 5 months ago

im sorry?

AustinCurran 5 months ago

i forgive you

Mordymion 5 months ago

I like the idea, but I do kind of wonder what corners they're cutting to provide a Tesla at half cost. I've always wanted a Model S because of the fact that they made EVs into luxury cars, and that's not going to happen at $35,000.

Windy 5 months ago

It will be a smaller car, size of a 3 series. And since they plan to build the gigafactory, they expect at least 30-40% reduction in battery costs.

CliffVincent 5 months ago

yes... because 68 percent of the average yearly income = for the rest of us

Windy 5 months ago

Are you factoring in savings on fuel and maintenance? It is cheaper than a 25k gasoline car, and given enough miles per year it would be like a free car.

DarrenLiu 5 months ago

lol brainwashed by the media

chondro 5 months ago

what's less expensive, paying electric bill to charge your car or paying $3.65 for a gallon of


Windy 5 months ago

Electric is cheaper, factoring in average electric rates, you can drive a gallon of gasoline worth on an electric car for about 1.10$. Even cheaper if you can take advantage of night rates.

Also, charging on Tesla superchargers is free for life with purchase of the car.

DennisWilliams 5 months ago

Can't say im a big fan of electric cars so this doesn't really excite me.

AllenJun 5 months ago

That is a great price! Half the the Model S. But the naming is weird. One is a number, the other is a letter. There were rumors that it would be model E or something. And there was a joke about a model X.

ThomasTaege 5 months ago

That's pretty reasonable. Electric cars are the future for sure, but I agree that the charge stations need to be available at pretty much every gas station and it needs to take only a couple minutes or less. Until the, hybrid is the way to go so you have the option of switching over to gas on long trips.

iByTheWay 5 months ago

It's interesting to me that people in this thread talk about "not liking electric cars". Tesla's whole goal is to debunk the myths and concerns about it and that was first established by making an electric car that looks like something you'd actually want to drive.

I don't know where they specifically do talks but they did one at my college a couple of years back and it's pretty convincing. The model S was super roomy, no clunky engine left you with tons of storage space in your "trunk" (which is actually under the hood of the car), and even had a linux-based control panel for music, GPS, and whatever else you could possibly want. I got to ride in it and it's of course super quiet and a very "clean" feeling ride. You could fall asleep it's so nice.

I feel like a fanboy but though I personally won't have one of these any time soon, the idea is pretty cool and I definitely think Tesla's on to something big with this.

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