The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 Saloon: The Complete Guide

Tesla Model 3 electric car

Overview


Tesla Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors Inc.) was founded by American engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003. They named the Palo Alto based company, Tesla, as a tribute to the engineer Nikola Tesla.  In fact, Elon Musk (Co-Founder, Tesla) become involved with the company post the founding of Tesla Motors. He was the lead  investor in the 2004  Series A investment round.

In 2008, Tesla unveiled its first zero-emission electric vehicle (EV), the all-electric Roadster.  As they say, the rest is history. Tesla, Inc is a publicly listed company and has a market value higher than any other automotive manufacturer. Elon Musk is also ranked as one of the richest individuals in the world. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is ranked second with a net worth of US$187 billion.

Tesla has the following battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models either in production or in development. In 2020, the EV company surpassed a production volume of 1 million plug-in electric cars.

Tesla also sells battery energy storage, solar panels, solar roof and other EV charging related equipment and accessories. Tesla also owns and operates a vast network of Tesla Superchargers (20,000+ across more than 4,500 locations).


Electric Cars: The Basics


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The All-Electric Tesla Model 3


The all-electric Tesla Model 3 is a best-selling electric vehicle globally. Since its unveiling in 2016, the Tesla Model 3 has been making history.  Within a week of opening the booking for the ‘affordable’ Tesla, orders had topped 325,000 units. As of December 2020, more than 800,000 pure electric Model 3 cars have been delivered.

Deliveries to US customers commenced in July 2017. In February 2019, the Model 3 become the best selling plug-in electric car in the US. For the UK market, the Model 3 bookings opened in May 2019, with deliveries commencing in June 2019.  

The All-Electric Tesla Model 3
The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 (credit:Tesla)
At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (3 Options)
Standard Range Plus (from £40,990)
Long Range (from £48,490)
Performance (from £59,990)

PROSCONS
A best-selling electric carExpensive. Cheaper pure electric alternatives available
Fast electric performanceBuild quality can be improved
Good EV battery range and Supercharger networkLow rankings in 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in three battery sizes (53 kWh, 78 kWh, 82 kWh)
Charging:Up to 250 kW rapid charging standard. On-board charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1443
Width (mm):1849
Length (mm):4694
Wheelbase (mm):2875

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
EV Battery Capacity:53 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):278 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):154
Charging:170 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:140 mph
0-60 mph:5.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):239
Max Power (PS):325
Torque (Nm):420
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):1,625
Colours:5

Tesla Model 3 Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:78 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):360 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):152
Charging:190 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:145 mph
0-60 mph:4.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):324
Max Power (PS):441
Torque (Nm):493
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):1,844
Colours:5

Tesla Model 3 Performance
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):352 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):165
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:162 mph
0-60 mph:3.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):377
Max Power (PS):513
Torque (Nm):660
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):1,844
Colours:5

tesla model 3 electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 (credit:Tesla)

tesla model 3 electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 (credit:Tesla)

tesla model 3 electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 (credit:Tesla)

tesla model 3 electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model 3 (credit:Tesla)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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