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Tesla confirms its next car model: A BMW 3 Series rival named ‘Model III’

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Electric-car manufacturer Tesla might be dreaming up an alternative world in which we all drive electric cars, but its next model will be very much based on the world we’re currently living in.

Tesla’s next car model, called the Tesla Model III, is directly aimed at taking on the new electric BMW 3 Series, the company confirmed today to trade publication AutoExpress. This new car will be smaller, likely by 20 percent, than its sedan model, the Model S.

Tesla will unveil the Model III in 2016, and the car will go on sale by 2017. The new car will also most likely be reengineered by Tesla’s British engineering head Chris Porritt, formerly of Aston Martin. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk confirmed that he expects the new car to have a range of 200 miles, just like the Model S.

Moreover, the car is expected to have a price tag of about $35,000, a price made possible by cheaper battery technology Tesla will manufacture at its upcoming Gigafactory. The factory will likely be located in Nevada, Arizona, California, New Mexico, or Texas, and will produce batteries for outside customers as well (rumored are Mercedes and Nissan).

Also important from today’s announcement:

Musk plans on setting up a research and development unit in the U.K.

He also plans on upgrading Tesla’s original model, the roadster, with a new battery that should give it a 400 mile range (from Los Angeles to San Francisco without stopping), as compared to its current 245-mile range.

And if this announcement isn’t exciting enough, Musk’s explanation for the new car’s change of name (it was first rumored to be called the Model E) is sure to make you glad you read about it. Here it is, reprinted:

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

“We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.

“The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!”

 

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81 comments
Diane Belknap
Diane Belknap

Must say, they "get it". Whatever happens from here, they have cemented their place in history! Exciting world-changing!

Carolyn Roberts
Carolyn Roberts

Sounds like a bargain considering how great your Tesla is.

Meguel M Photos Varda
Meguel M Photos Varda

Should have called the model 3 as some people write a 3 representing a backwards E you could still have your S3X then

林寶
林寶

My next car still be a Tesla then. ..

Mikko Raikaa
Mikko Raikaa

erehdyttävästi logo vaikuttaa samalle kuin varustelekalla

Anthony Luce
Anthony Luce

I know. I heard about this. You can have my car in 4 years and I'll get this one

Pratyush Kumar
Pratyush Kumar

Travis François Mitchell ..... some news for you mate :)

Tim Hesse
Tim Hesse

I know what my next car will be (unless I can find a away to afford the Model X).

Jayesh Sharma
Jayesh Sharma

They said the Tesla Model S would cost around 45-50K so you'll understand if I don't hold my breath.

Devin Blase
Devin Blase

Chris MacGriff Stewart Ford this was the one i was talking about =)

George Han
George Han

Mark Lerdsuwanrut we were just talking about this lol

Kenny Li
Kenny Li

I hope it look as good as a bmw though.