$35,000 Tesla Model 3 coming closer
Tesla has been tuning the pricing for the Model 3 a lot lately. Only the much awaited 35,000 dollar version has never materialised. This is to change soon though, a new report suggest, that quotes Elon Musk making the affordable Model 3 a priority.
At the moment though, any Tesla Model 3 available on the configurator calls for 49,000 dollars at least. But a new design for the battery module is to change that and bring Tesla closer to its initial promise of delivering a mass market ready electric vehicle.
The news materialised on Twitter after Electrek called on the Tesla boss to specify their latest advances in design. Elon Musk took the opportunity to prioritise “making (the) affordable version of the Model 3 and bringing Y to market”.
Production design will be better, especially in details. We are dying to do this, but primary focus must remain on making affordable version of Model 3 & bringing Y to market
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 11, 2018
In order to do so, Musk pointed to an upcoming redesign of the battery module for the lower priced Model 3. The report also pointed to the Tesla CEO mentioning that in the investors call earlier this month. Quote Musk: “We came up with a new design that achieves the same outcome, that’s actually lighter, better, cheaper and we will be introducing that around the end of this year – probably reach volume production on that in Q1 or something. That will make the car lighter, better, and cheaper and achieve a higher range.”
The production line is currently in the making and should be ready within six months.
Prior to this, Tesla had actually incentivised buying the more expensive performance and AWD versions of the Model 3 though (we reported). The Performance variant of the Model 3 comes with two motors and the 500 km range, but offers superior speed performance, with a startup time to 60 mph of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). However, these trims cost from 49,000 to up to 64,000 dollars with the promise to be delivered first.