On Thursday, Tesla Motors unveiled its latest car, the $35,000 Model 3 sedan: the first truly affordable all-electric car capable of going zero to 100 kph in under six seconds.
By the time CEO Elon Musk took the stage at Tesla headquarters in Hawthorne, California, crowds were already lining up to place their pre-orders. As of Friday morning, more than 134,000 people have placed their $1,000 deposits.
Admit it, you want one too.
The first Model 3s are due to ship at the end of 2017. During his presentation, Musk said, “I do feel fairly confident it will be next year.” If you note a hint of hedge in that statement, that’s because there might be. Tesla has a history of missing deadlines. Before we all break out the credit cards, here’s a quick look at the Model 3 by the numbers:
Base Price: US$35,000
That’s higher than the similarly all-electric Nissan Leaf (at $29, 010) but lower than the BMW i3 (at$42,400). (Check out our rating of the best electric cars on the market right now.)
Range: 346 kilometres
It’s enough to drive from Toronto to Niagara falls and back, with charge to spare. It’s a little shorter than Tesla’s Model X (400 km) but longer than the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 (130 to 160 km) and more than enough for cruising around town.
Acceleration: Zero to 100 kph in under 6 seconds
That’s about the same as an Audi A4, which also can go from zero to 100 kph in under six seconds. Though Musk promised a version of the Model 3 that will go much faster. Ludicrous Mode?
Safety: 5-star rating in all categories
That’s better than the BMW 3 Series, which earned only four stars from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its Frontal Barrier Crash Rating.
Number of Tesla Supercharger stations worldwide: 3,608
Tesla says it will have 7,200 by end of 2017.
Number of Supercharger stations in Canada: 17
Tesla’s coverage in Canada is limited to a few major routes, but you can expect the number to climb.
Time to fully charge: Less than 30 minutes*
*That’s the time to charge at one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations, based on charging times for the Tesla Model S. The company hasn’t revealed charging data for the Model 3. A full charge could take up to seven hours at other public charging stations.
Chance your neighbour will be jealous: 100%
Unless she got one first.
This article previously misstated the Canadian dollar amount for the Tesla 3 deposit. The correct amount is $1,000 CAD.