2019 Model 3
Introduced in 1908, the iconic Ford Model T singlehandedly revolutionized the auto industry by becoming the first mass-production car an average Joe could afford. More than a century later, the new Tesla Model 3 aims to do the same – this time, on the all-electric vehicle market. With a starting price of $35,000 prior to the federal tax credit of $7,500 and additional local incentives, the Model 3 offers unparalleled all-electric range for its price. Only thing, you can’t get one just like that. The company estimates it’ll take them between 12 and 18 months to deliver a freshly reserved Model 3, which is understandable considering the sheer amount of pre-ordered units. The problem is, even these deliveries are behind schedule, which puts a strain on their already limited production process.
The base Tesla Model 3 with a standard 50 kWh battery pack can take you 220 miles on a full charge. The long range 70 kWh model offers 310 miles, but also warrants a higher sticker of $44,000 before incentives. Both battery packs utilize the latest production technology introduced with the Tesla Model S P100D that renders them denser and enhances performance in the long run. Speaking of a 100 kWh battery pack, the Model 3 is unable to accommodate one due to its short wheelbase, but another performance model is incoming. It might even don the famed Ludicrous Mode badge. The Tesla Model 3 started off as a rear-wheel drive vehicle during its inaugural production year, but as of 2018, the California-based company has also added all-wheel drive. Every Model 3 owner can, of course, use the company’s supercharger infrastructure, but there’s a catch. Unlike the premium Model S which comes with no limitations in that regard, Model 3 owners will be allowed to charge their cars on a pay-per-use basis. Prices still haven’t been announced, but they shouldn’t be a burden on anyone’s budget. Those lucky enough to get their hands on a new Tesla Model 3 during 2019 will get one rather advanced zero-emissions vehicle with a higher level of practicality than most of its competitors. Others might start thinking about placing a deposit if they’re planning on getting one at a later date.
Pros: affordable, long-range, impressive technology
Cons: production already behind schedule, waiting lists longer than 1 year, questionable build quality, will it deliver what was promised?