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Old 07-16-2014, 11:18 AM   #1
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Tesla founder and CEO ElonMusk has exclusively revealed to Auto Express plans for a new electric BMW 3 Series rival, including its name Ė Tesla Model 3.

There were rumours that a new smaller Tesla Gen III model was to be called Model E, but in one of his most candid interviews yet, Musk revealed why he had to have a rethink on the name.

ďWe had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car,Ē Musk told us. ďSo I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.

ďWe were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E Ė I thought this is crazy, Fordís trying to kill sex! So weíll have to think of another name.

ďThe new model is going to be called Model 3, weíll have three bars to represent it and itíll be S III X!Ē

The new Model 3 is set to be unveiled in 2016 and on sale by 2017. It's most likely to be based on an all-new platform rather than a cut-down version of the one underpinning the Model S and Model X. The new technology will be the brainchild of Teslaís British engineering chief Chris Porritt, who used to work with Aston Martin.
Tesla: UK research and development base plans

Musk announced on his recent trip to the UK that he planned to set up a research and development base over here and it could be up and running in time to feed into the Model 3 project.

The new car is rumoured to be about 20% smaller than the Model S and our image shows how it could look. Key to the new model, which Musk said should retail for around $35,000 (likely to equate to around £30,000 in the UK), is cheaper battery technology made possible by Teslaís forthcoming Gigafactory.

This new plant will produce batteries for all Tesla models, plus customers (rumoured to include Mercedes and Nissan) and a stationary storage programme to store energy from solar and wind farms. A decision on the location of the new Gigafactory is imminent, with US states Nevada, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas all in the running.
Tesla Model 3: realistic range of over 200 miles

Musk also confirmed that he expected the new car to have a realistic range of over 200 miles with strong performance, like the Model S. ďWe want people to fall in love with their car and look forward to driving it,Ē he told us.

As with the Model S and the upcoming Model X, the Model 3 will come with free use of Teslaís Supercharger network, which Musk said will enable Tesla owners to drive the length and breadth of the UK by the end of 2015. And if you want to buy a Tesla, you have to buy it direct from one of the companyís own retailers rather than through a traditional dealer.

Itís a recipe thatís obviously working Ė Musk plans to sell around 35,000 cars this year, but the Model III is likely to propel sales well into six figures by the end of this decade.

Tesla Roadster to get range boost

Teslaís very first car, the Roadster, was based on a lightweight Lotus Elise chassis and launched back in 2008. Its range of 245 miles is still pretty impressive, but Tesla boss Elon Musk is planning an upgrade for owners that will see that range increase to about 400 miles.

ďThe Roadster had an old generation battery,Ē he told us. ďWeíll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.Ē

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Old 07-16-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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Tesla’s very first car, the Roadster, was based on a lightweight Lotus Elise chassis and launched back in 2008. Its range of 245 miles is still pretty impressive, but Tesla boss Elon Musk is planning an upgrade for owners that will see that range increase to about 400 miles.

“The Roadster had an old generation battery,” he told us. “We’ll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.”
That's pretty cool.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Projected price for the III: $35k. We'll see.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/15/tesla-model-iii/
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:23 PM   #4
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If they can hit 35k for a base price I will (ok, my wife will) own one. She loves the model S but it just too far out of our price range.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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I'll get one for $35k if it has a 200 mile range and strong performance - and 4 doors and 5 seats.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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I'll get one for $35k if it has a 200 mile range and strong performance - and 4 doors and 5 seats.
I'll definitely buy one as soon as I get a garage.

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Old 07-18-2014, 03:07 PM   #7
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"Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude"
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #8
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I don't even care about strong performance, I would be thrilled with "adequate"
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:17 PM   #9
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I don't even care about strong performance, I would be thrilled with "adequate"
I with this guy. I had a loaner CT200H the other day, and I would consider it "adequate" enough to live with for commuting duty.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:44 AM   #10
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I don't even care about strong performance, I would be thrilled with "adequate"
Agreed. I would drive a Leaf if it could go 200-300 miles on a charge.

Sometimes I like to go more than 35 miles from home, and it would be nice to be able to return without a recharge.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:56 AM   #11
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Agreed. I would drive a Leaf if it could go 200-300 miles on a charge.

Sometimes I like to go more than 35 miles from home, and it would be nice to be able to return without a recharge.
DC fast chargers (480v) take about 15-20 minutes, 30 minutes if the battery is dead.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:16 PM   #12
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with that upgrade. this would be a sweet dd and travel car. how much interior space is there?
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:26 PM   #13
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I bet the hybrid manufacturers are cringing right now. Sure, it's $10K more than the current Prius but you certainly get a car that doesn't look like a$$ (am I allowed to say that here?).
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:53 PM   #14
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I bet the hybrid manufacturers are cringing right now. Sure, it's $10K more than the current Prius but you certainly get a car that doesn't look like a$$ (am I allowed to say that here?).
Don't dodge the swear filter, that's a pointable offense.

Just type ass. If it comes through great, if not it will be *** and people will know what you are saying.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:35 PM   #15
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Don't dodge the swear filter, that's a pointable offense.

Just type ass. If it comes through great, if not it will be *** and people will know what you are saying.

Oh dear it's like we're not adults and in preschool :facepalm:
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:31 PM   #16
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Oh dear it's like we're not adults and in preschool :facepalm:
Actually, some adults prefer to not have to listen to (or read) swearing.

FWIW,
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:52 PM   #17
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For the zillionth time, just because you say "Thirty five thousand dollars" doesn't mean the $ goes at the end!

Either way, I dig it!
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For the zillionth time, just because you say "Thirty five thousand dollars" doesn't mean the $ goes at the end!

Either way, I dig it!
Then what about % signs
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A: Often times I wonder

B: This is Nicks site and he set it up to be work safe.

C: Adults tend to avoid cursing, it makes you seem less intelligent. Mother****er.
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This is going to be a game changer considering how well the Tesla S sells now.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:50 AM   #23
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I'll definitely look at one when/if they come out. Right now, I like the Volt as a possible
daily driver.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:57 AM   #24
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My dad drives one. It's a DD, and with the panels on the roof of his house, free to fill up. What it is not is fun to drive.
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This is going to sell like ******* hot cakes.
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