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Tesla Model 3: 8 Things to Know Now

This is what you need to know about the Tesla Model 3 if you are looking to buy the new, more affordable Teslas. People lined up to pre-order the Tesla Model 3, and pre-orders are still rolling in for a car that won’t come to market for a long time.

In early 2017 we learned that there will be Tesla Model 3 upgrades for more speed, similar to the fast acceleration modes found on other Teslas, learn new info about the Model 3 design and see a Tesla Model 3 release candidate drive.

We will walk you through the Tesla Model 3 specs, price, speed, range and other important details that you need to know. We’ll also touch on the Tesla Model 3 release date, at least what we know about it.

While Tesla is still working to bring this to market, the Chevy Bolt, which has slightly longer range is available in select markets already. Elon Musk, recently teased that the Tesla Model 3 will end up beating the Bolt’s EV range when it arrives in late 2017.

After several years of selling more expensive Tesla cars, the much-desired brand announced the new Tesla Model 3 at the end of March 2016.

The most important Tesla Model 3 details we know.
The most important Tesla Model 3 details we know.

Model 3 pre-orders started before the car went on sale with many buyers putting $1,000 down on the car without a test drive.

This is what you need to know about the Model 3 now that Tesla officially announced the new electric car.

Tesla Model 3 Price

The Tesla Model 3 price is $35,000 before incentives. You can reserve the Tesla Model 3 for $1,000 down. Incentives can dramatically lower that price.

Although the base price is affordable, you can upgrade the car with convenience features like Autopilot. The Autopilot feature will likely cost $3,000.

There is still a federal income tax credit of $7,500 that will help bring down the overall price you pay in the end. There are also additional Model 3 incentives that could come into play with $6,000 in Colorado and $2,500 in California to name a few. Use this map to see if there are any additional incentives available in your state.

Below is a chart from Tesla with the amount you need to put down for a Model 3 reservation in local currency.

Currency Amount
USD $ 1,000
CAD $ 1,000
MXN $ 20,000
EUR € 1.000
DKK kr. 10.000
GBP £ 1,000
NOK kr. 10.000
CHF CHF 1’000
SEK 10.000 kr
AUD $ 1,500
RMB ¥ 8,000
HKD $ 10,000
JPY ¥ 150,000

Keep in mind that the incentives could change by the time the Model 3 release arrives in 2017.

Tesla Model 3 Design

The Tesla Model 3 design is striking.
The Tesla Model 3 design is striking, but not final.

The Tesla Model 3 design features an eye-catching front with no grille, beautiful swirling wheels and a glass top that starts at the hood and goes all the way to the back of the car. The glass doesn’t lift at all in the back, but you have a trunk in the back and in the front.

There are four doors, and room for five passengers inside the Model 3. The demo units featured a two-tone interior finish.

Perhaps the most striking interior feature is a massive screen in the middle of the dashboard. This is where your speedometer is, where you control navigation, music and more.

The rest of the dash is devoid of gauges and controls, which may take some getting used to.

Before you fall in love with this car too much, it is important to note that this could change by the time the Tesla Model 3 production starts. Elon Musk said that we will see a refined Model 3 closer to the release.

In March 2017, Elon Musk added more to what you can expect from the Modle 3 design, letting buyers know that there will be no auto extend handles and that the technology in the model 3 will not be more advanced than what you see in the Model S.

Tesla Model 3 Specs

Here is a look at the most interesting Tesla Model 3 specs that we know so far, including the zero to 60 speed, range, charging time and more.

Tesla Model 3 SpecsDetails
Tesla Model 3 Range215 Miles Per Charge
Tesla Model 3 Charging Stats80% Charge in 30 Minutes with Supercharger
Tesla Model 3 Zero to 60under 6 seconds
Tesla Model 3 Safety5 Star safety rating in all categories
Tesla Model 3 AutopilotUpgrade available, tech in all cars
Tesla Model 3 Passengers5 Adults
Tesla Model 3 ChargingSupercharging for Long distance travel

Expect to learn more about the Tesla Model 3 specs as production nears and we could see a change to the speed and options based on upgrades that are available.

Of note there will be some upgrades to make the Model 3 “go fast” like we see with the current Tesla cars. Musk confirmed that these options will come in 2018, as Tesla is keeping configurations low in the early production ramp up.

Tesla Model 3 Range

The Tesla Model 3 range is 215 miles on a charge. This is slightly higher than what Elon Musk shared as a realistic goal.

If you plan to travel farther you can rely on Superchargers to get 80% battery charge in 30 minutes.

Tesla Model 3 Photos & Videos

Watch one of the first Tesla Model 3 drives in the video above. There were limited opportunities to drive the Model 3 at the unveiling. You cannot go to a Tesla Store and book a Model 3 test drive yet.

There are several other Tesla Model 3 photos below that help you get an idea of what the car looks like.

We are now seeing more Tesla Model 3 photos appear online, including this short video from Elon Musk of a Model 3 release candidate.

Tesla Model 3 Order Details

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders start in stores first. Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com
Tesla Model 3 pre-orders start in stores first. Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

There are only two ways to get your Model 3 pre-order. You’ll need to go in store if you want to be at the absolute front of the line, while you will be able to go online if you are not close to a Tesla store.

You can place a Tesla Model 3 order online now, or at a local Tesla Store. These are open in many countries now. It is possible to place an order for two Tesla Model 3 cars, but no more at this time.

You must put down $1,000 for the pre-order, but it is refundable. You cannot put any more down on the car at this time.

Tesla Model 3 Release Date

The Tesla Model 3 release date is not known, but we recently learned more about the rollout of deliveries.

“Model 3 production is scheduled to begin in late 2017. When production begins, we will begin deliveries in North America starting on the West Coast, moving east. As we continue to ramp production, we will begin deliveries in Europe, APAC and right-hand drive markets.”

It’s not clear when the first deliveries will start, but the order you get your delivery in will have an impact.

We know at least one user can expect an early Tesla Model 3 release date, confirmed by Elon Musk himself.

Tesla Model 3 Test Drive

There is no way to schedule a Tesla Model 3 test drive at this time. With so much interest in pre-orders the company does not need to offer any kind of early access to the car yet.

It is likely that the first Tesla Model 3 test drives will start in 2017. If you are curious about the car you can schedule a Tesla test drive on one of the current cars to get a look at the technology and to experience the Autopilot technology that will also be in the Model 3.

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    • RudyG

      08/26/2016 at 1:45 pm

      She’s blowing dude on line for that money, tho


  2. James Baricza

    03/21/2016 at 6:21 am

    They are NOT delivered in the order preorders are received. They will be manufactured in groups, according to the options ordered, with the most heavily optioned and most expensive cars being built first. First in line won’t mean first to get a car.


  3. Doug

    03/27/2016 at 9:19 am

    According to a sales person the tax credit will probably not apply to the new model. Tesla is allocated 200000 tax credits and the allocation will be depleted with sales of the s and the suv before delivery of the model 3. If that is not true please let me know


  4. john

    03/30/2016 at 11:40 am

    the $7500 tax credit will likely still be available for early buyers of the Model 3, perhaps up the first 25-50K cars…and than it will scale down to $3500 for the next 3-6 months and than down to $1500 for another set period of time. There are no volume caps on the other scaled down tax credits. Regardless, the earlier you are pre-order, the higher likelihood you will receive a better tax credit…$7.5K > $3.5K > $1.5K > No Credit.


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  6. Gail Wagner

    04/01/2016 at 10:27 am

    What is the process to pre-order one?


    • bitflung

      04/01/2016 at 2:33 pm

      @Gail: just go to tesla.com (which redirects to teslamotors.com; i’m sure they’ll eventually switch entirely to the shorter domain). the option to RESERVE a model 3 can’t be missed there.

      i reserved my model 3 within minutes of online reservations going live last night. pretty excited to replace my leaf with this much longer range vehicle.


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  8. Wallace

    07/07/2016 at 7:53 pm

    I am close to ordering a Model 3, but I have a question first about regenerative braking. Can I set via option settings to make the Tesla drive like the Volt. I want regenerative braking only when I depress the brakes. I like to coast rather than having to constantly be depressing accelerator pedal. The only time I like heavy regen on always is when stuck in traffic. Can the Team a do this?


  9. Wallace

    07/07/2016 at 7:55 pm

    It should say, can the Tesla do this. Auto correction:(


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