With the recent unveiling of the Tesla Model Y, the company’s long-awaited ‘S3XY’ family of models is finally complete. A new press photo published by the electric automaker shows the four models lined up alongside each other. The similarities between the vehicles are striking, particularly the Model 3 and Model Y. Tesla, of course, started its current range of models with the all-electric Model S sedan. On the back of the positive reception for that vehicle, Tesla released the second model in the S3XY family, the Model X. Essentially an SUV version of the Model S, the Model X is the most spacious of all current Tesla passenger cars and has the famous ‘Falcon Wing’ doors. In 2016, the Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in prototype guise. Tesla initially planned on calling its entry-level sedan the Model E, but Ford blocked the move after first applying for the ‘Model E’ trademark in 2000. Tesla’s original plan would have meant its models would … [Read more...] about Tesla’s S3XY Family Is Complete But Are They Actually Sexy?
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc unveiled its Model Y electric sports utility vehicle on Thursday evening in California, promising a much-awaited crossover that will face competition from European car makers rolling out their own electric rivals. Tesla Inc's Model Y electric sports utility vehicle is pictured in this undated handout photo released on March 14, 2019. Tesla Motors/Handout via Reuters Chief Executive Elon Musk said the compact SUV, built on the same platform as the Model 3, would first debut in a long-range version with a range of 300 miles priced at about $47,000. A standard version, to be available sometime in 2021, would cost about $39,000, he said. Musk unveiled the car at a small event at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, outside Los Angeles, that was streamed online. (www.tesla.com/modely) Small SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in both the United States and China, the world’s largest auto market, where Tesla is building a factory, … [Read more...] about Tesla unveils Model Y SUV as electric vehicle competition heats up
Just a few short days ago, Tesla announced a new lower-priced Model 3, the "Mid Range Battery," a rear-drive model with 260 miles of range and a base price of $45,000 before tax credits. Now, just five days later, Tesla has suddenly added another $1000 to the price of the car, but knocked an equal amount off of the price of the more expensive Model 3 Long Range. And all of this takes place during a rather confusing time for Tesla pricing in general. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Meanwhile, the long-promised affordable Model 3, $35,000 before incentives, is nowhere to be seen.Let's take a step back. When you visit Tesla's Model 3 ordering site, you're presented with three variants of the electric sedan: Mid Range, Long Range and Performance. The prices indicated are $34,200*, $41,200* and $52,200*, respectively. But note the asterisks. These are the purchase prices for the various models "after incentives and gas savings"—assuming that your potential purchase will … [Read more...] about Tesla’s Cheapest Model 3 Just Got More Expensive
How quickly things change. In today’s era of #disruption, standing still equates to certain death, but pricing isn’t normally the thing seeing the greatest change. Not at Tesla. Less than a week after the automaker announced a new Mid Range Model 3 that splits the difference between the Long Range variant (now available only in dual-motor guise) and the still-unattainable $35,000 base sedan, the model’s price has undergone a refresh. Musk Math must be at work. For rear-wheel drive, 260 miles of range, and a reduction in acceleration and top speed, Tesla customers were told last week they’d pay $45,000 before tax credits for the privilege — or way less than that after deleting the fuel and maintenance costs of a phantom vehicle they didn’t buy. (Tesla continues the bizarre and inaccurate practice of bundling anticipated savings into the MSRP. Pushback is growing.) Sometime after dark on Tuesday night, Tesla’s Mid Range Model 3 shot up in price … [Read more...] about Mid Range Goes Higher: Days After Reveal, Tesla’s Cheaper Model 3 Gets a Price Bump
DETROIT — Long emergency stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls and a harsh ride stopped Tesla's Model 3 electric car from getting a recommended buy rating from Consumer Reports. While the magazine said the car has exhilarating acceleration and handling, testers were troubled by its 152-foot average stopping distance from 60 mph in emergency braking tests. The magazine said the distance was worse than any modern car it has tested, and is about 7 feet longer than a Ford F-150, a full-size pickup truck that weighs about twice as much as a Model 3. Tesla said in a statement that its own tests found 60-to-zero braking distances averaging 133 feet. It says stopping distances are affected by road surface, weather, tire temperature, brake conditioning and other factors. It also says it continually does software updates to improve factors such as stopping distance. The Model 3 is Tesla's first attempt to appeal to mass-market buyers. The car that starts at $35,000 but can run … [Read more...] about Tesla’s Model 3 doesn’t get Consumer Reports’ recommended buy rating