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Tesla Model 3

• The Tesla Model 3 is a compact executive sedan that is battery powered and produced by Tesla. Limited production of the Model 3 began in mid-2017, with the first production vehicle rolling off the assembly line on July 7, 2017. The official launch and delivery of the first 30 cars took place on July 28.

• The Model 3 was marketed as being more affordable to more people than previous models by Tesla. Since early 2020, the Model 3 is the best-selling electric car in world history, and, in June 2021, became the first electric car to pass the 1 million global sales milestone.

• The Model 3 has been the world's top selling plug-in electric car (PEV) for three years running, from 2018 to 2020. It has also been the best-selling PEV in the United States for three consecutive years, 2018 to 2020, the top selling PEV in Europe in 2019, and the best-selling PEV in China in 2020.

Design

• The base Model 3 delivers an EPA-rated all-electric range of 272 miles (438 km) and the Long Range version delivers 358 miles (576 km). According to Tesla, the Model 3 carries full self-driving hardware, with periodic software updates adding functionality.

• In 2013 design chief Franz von Holzhausen said that the Model 3 will "be an Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class type of vehicle that will offer everything: range, affordability, and performance" that is targeted toward the mass market. While technology from Tesla's Model S will be used in the Model 3, it will be 20% smaller than the Model S and have its own unique design.

• According to Tesla's CTO, JB Straubel, in October 2015, most Tesla engineers were working on the 3 rather than S or X. Since electric cars have lower cooling needs than combustion cars, the Model 3 does not have nor need a front grille. Musk intended for the final design to be released on June 30, 2016 but when the design was finished on July 27, it was not publicly released.

Performance

• The highest priced version on JamesEdition, for example, is a brand new 2021 model in the Long Range Dual Motor trim. That means it has the two-motor system with all-wheel drive (the standard car comes with one motor and rear-wheel drive) and a range of 353 miles (568 km).

• Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h-3.3 sec
Top Speed-261 km/h
Electric Range-470 km
Total Power *-377 kW (513 PS)
Total Torque *-660 Nm
Drive-AWD

Production

• Tesla introduced the Model 3 for 2017 as its lower-priced, volume seller and since then has become the best-selling electric car of all time. Even so, the Model 3 retains the distinctive Tesla shape and the most expensive Tesla Model 3s with the right options can be quite pricey. As of December 2016, Tesla planned to increase the size of the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, to accommodate Model 3 production

• In a 2013 interview, Jerome Guillen discussed "BlueStar" (codename for the Model 3 project), stating that Tesla was expecting to eventually produce 400,000 cars per year. In May 2016 Tesla told its suppliers that it intended to double earlier-announced[clarification needed] Model 3 production targets to 100,000 in 2017 and 400,000 in 2018 due to demand, which suppliers and many experts viewed as unattainable.

• In the Tesla Factory, paint lines for 500,000 automobiles commenced in 2015, and some stamping equipment for the Model 3 was operational by August 2016. Tesla bought Grohmann Engineering, experienced in automated manufacturing, in January 2017. This acquisition launched Tesla Advanced Automation Germany, which Tesla said would develop manufacturing processes to be used initially in Model 3 production. According to Tesla in late 2016, the company expected to invest between US$2 billion and US$2.5 billion in capital expenditures ahead of the start of Model 3 production.