Bloomberg Charts Tesla Model 3 Achievements


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Tesla Model 3

Recently, Bloomberg charted out a few of the amazing achievements Tesla has accomplished so far with its Model 3 and other stuff like charging infrastructure, project sales and so on.

When charted in such a way, the Model 3 looks very impressive, to say the least.

Below we’ll highlight just a couple of the charts. We do suggest you check out all ten charts at Bloomberg by clicking here.

First up is reservations at launch, as compared to the Citroen DS and the original iPhone:


Next is electric range per dollar:

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Electric Range Per Dollar

Bloomberg questions Tesla’s ability to meet demand for the Model 3 and wonders if its all a pipe dream of sorts, but still credits Tesla with forever changing the electric car segment with the unveiling of the chart shattering Model 3.

Source: Bloomberg

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Longtime EV fan (200K+ EV miles), love Tesla (Model 3 reservation) but it really gets me when comparisons are made between a product available today versus a product available in ~two years.

The graph entitled “Cheapest Battery Range Available” is so misleading. For example, where will the Leaf or Bolt be at when the Model 3 is available?

I would not expect much from GM or Nissan for any significant range improvements any time soon. They’ve both historically been very conservative in this area.

On the other side, Tesla has only quoted the base range (215), not the max possible with a larger battery option.

Even if BMW, GM or Nissan caught up and have a 200-mi BEV or better in 2 years time, they are still sorely lacking in the charging department.

OK I have a new 200-mi BMW i5, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf Gen2.
Now what?
Where can you go?
Can it be the only car in your household? Can it go long distance?
Do you have to hunt high and low for the only ChadeMO/CCS plug?
Is that one plug conveniently located between cities along the freeway?
Will that one plug be ICEd?
Will that one plug be broken?
Will that one plug be crowded?

Forget early adopter stories like the fella (fool) taking his i3 up mountains or another taking his Leaf far and wide and have to charge off a 110V outlet for hours while eating ice-cream with his daughter. Real customers won’t stand for crap like that. Hell, if charging costs more than gas, we won’t pay either coz it already takes longer (so shouldn’t be pricier otherwise, what’s the point?).

You’re exactly right. Charging is going to need a new business model, and once again, Tesla thought of that too.
I have absolutely zero sympathy for all the other automakers who just aren’t serious.

PS: Thanks, Jay, for your super quick response last night, all is working well today!

The Bolt will likely have a 60 kWh pack, greater than the M3. Range is also not final, but merely “more” than 200 miles. It’s really unclear how today’s Bolt shapes up against tomorrow’s M3.

Lol! Sonic vs Audi A4 ? Unclear? Really ?

The Bolt is a barn door… 0.31 drag coefficient. The total CDa of over 8 sq ft means it needs a lot of extra battery to get the same 200 miles of range at highway speeds. The CDa is worse than Model S, Leaf or even an i3.

Most people don’t buy a car to simply slither around in the most aerodynamic fashion possible. A car needs to tradeoff being practical and efficient. The bolt currently wins in that department compared to the 3.

So worse aerodynamics equals more practical – that will quickly turn your liabilities into assets, if you can get anyone to believe it.

As someone else pointed out the Bolt will have a 200 mile range. It’s inconceivable to me that the next generation LEAF won’t also have a similar range.

Saying that I’d still prefer the Tesla.

I completely agree. In addition to this fundamental problem, there are many quality issues with the data. Some prices include delivery, some don’t. Finally range for Bolt is unknown, and may be upgraded for the 2018 model. They used the smallest battery pack for the LEAF instead of the latest (though the latest is also expected to be obsolete by the time M3 arrives). That said, the reservations are impressive and that chart really does say something. Range per dollar however doesn’t show how far ahead Tesla is, but how quickly BEVs are improving. I don’t see any reason why GM shouldn’t be able to boost the Bolt battery and range by ten percent one year after launch. They are using the still inferior but faster improving “big cell” type of batteries, the same p kind that allowed BMW to increase the i3 capacity by 50% after three years. I’m not saying it will happen, but there’s also no way for Bloomberg, or the Tesla worshippers who replied to you, to know it won’t. And if GM both increased capacity and lowered the price the picture would of course change a lot. I’ve got my M3 reservation, and I sure… Read more »

“They used the smallest battery pack for the LEAF instead of the latest”


The range is listed as 107 miles, which is the 30 kWh pack. Am I missing something?

Actually, Bloomberg made the Leaf looking better than it is, because they used the range of the SV with 30 kWh pack, and the price of the S with 24 kWh pack.

The red Model III was never shown moving on its own, or having anything illuminated on it. Rumors are, its just a skateboard that was pushed out on stage for the reveal during that moment of darkness. Pretty clever.

So, there are only two functional M3 prototypes. There are images of a black unit, but its probably a skateboard like the red one, too.

Looking forward to more M3 updates and news of a Crossover built on that plarform…

You mean it was “summoned” 😉
When the lights came up I noticed that it didn’t have a driver and hoped that it had autonomously arrived. More likely it was just pushed.

I thought the 1964.5 Mustang would be on this list as well. I seem to recall they sold at record pace when they were released.

The battery price chart is a bit messed up. The Nissan LEAF MSRP listed is for the version with the 24 kWh pack that has a range of 84 miles. The “total MSRP” should be $35,050 (which includes the delivery charge). That makes it $328 per kWh instead of the $271 shown in the chart. Also, the Tesla Model 3 price of $35,000 is a “starting MSRP” which implies that it does not include a destination fee (which is $1,200 for the Model S). The Bolt EV price is a total MSRP and includes the destination fee.

I am an EV fan (who isn’t on this site?).
I hope that if Nissan / BMW bring out a 140-150 mile range vehicle the sales tank. This will send a clear signal to the market that 200 mile range is essential for any producer looking to make serious inroads into the market. It will also encourage others to add range to the 200 mile range cars as they would think people don’t want more range

As someone who has racked up more than 40,000 miles in less than one year on a Model S. I have to say that the supercharger network is far more important to the success of Tesla than the range of the battery. Most times on cross country trips I only charge to 160-200 miles range. I only charge fully when starting out, or if I stop for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

A 200 mile Bolt or Leaf will still just be a commuter car unless they invest in a charging network like the Tesla Supercharger Network. For my driving needs I would take a 215 mile Model III over a 300 mile range Bolt. Tesla is the only car company dedicated to widespread EV adoption. All the others are “me-too wanna-be’s”.

GM doesn’t have time to figure out the financials on how to pay for a nationwide charging network, they are too busy screwing Tesla out of being able to sell their cars in their own country.
You can see where their priorities lie.

Roger, I can appreciate the need for some owners to have a long distance car for their travel needs but quite honestly I have not driven 40k miles in the last ten years total. EV’s from other manufactures are not being designed for cross country travel because most people just don’t do cross country travel by car on a daily or weekly basis. Most EV’s are also not designed as one family cars because most families generally have more than one car. These other manufactures are targeting the larger market of owners needs.
Even Tesla recognizes this much larger market and it is the reason for the M3. Do you honestly think that when there are a couple hundred thousand EV’s being produced each year that the charging infrastructure will not grow to meet that demand is needed?

As the owner of both a MS and a Leaf I can truly state that they are both very good cars. The charging network may be very useful to some but to me it is a waist. With 240 v charging in my garage I have never used a supercharger. The Leaf meets everyday needs of the wife and kids and the MS is just a luxury status symbol. If I am going more than 150 miles I will definitely fly.

Most everyone here is missing the real value of owning an EV and it is home charging not long distance travel.

…missing the real value…” And you are missing the joy of a comfortable road trip with Autopilot to ease the burden of driving, and free fuel to ease the burden of cost. So you really own a Model S just for a luxury status symbol? Really?

“Silent Lurker”, You and I are definitely on the opposite ends of the bell curve. The average driver wants the ability to take a road trip, even if they only take a few a year.

You wrote, “Do you honestly think that when there are a couple hundred thousand EV’s being produced each year that the charging infrastructure will not grow to meet that demand is needed?”

I believe that all mainstream ICE car manufacturers will protect the status quo, and Tesla alone will drive this technology. The rest are reluctant “me too’s”. They are all leaving the charging infrastructure to other companies, and those companies are basing their designs on least common denominator thinking.

Slow overnight home charging is great, but public truly fast charging is essential to widespread adoption.