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Tesla Model 3 Reveal – Expectations

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Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 launch event happens this Friday, July 28 at 7:00PM in Fremont, CA

So what the heck will Tesla cover at the Model 3 handover party?

The best answer to this recurring question is, “Who knows?”. But we all know that it’s not nice to answer a question with another question. While some of the event’s intentions are probably pretty obvious to most of us, we are still speculating and Tesla doesn’t do anything traditionally, or as expected. Let’ take a look at what we might learn at one of the most important automotive events in history.

We know so much, yet so little about the upcoming Tesla Model 3. There has never been a car that is already in production and set to be in the hands of many, but lacking a window sticker, official trims, features, options, range, and even price!

Tesla Model 3 Interior

Tesla Model 3 Interior (prototype)

To be fair, Tesla has given us a general idea of the most important points. The Model 3 will seat five passengers, have a large digital display, have hardware capable of Autopilot, support Supercharging, have at least 215 miles of range, start at $35,000 (at some point), achieve a zero-60 mph in less than six seconds, and be offered in less than 100 different configurations. The thought is that some of these numbers will likely be “better”. Musk said (via The Motley Fool):

“I want to emphasize these are minimum numbers. We hope to exceed them.”

It’s that last part that’s the kicker. It may sound like a whole lot of configuration, but it’s not. The Tesla Model S has over 1,500 possibilities. One of the most important pieces of information that should come to light at this week’s event is related to how the Model 3 can be configured, and most significant; How many different battery options will be available and what will that mean as far as range?

Musk has used the word “base” on several occasions, and he has Tweeted that the Model 3 will only accommodate a battery of up to 75 kWh when considering current 2170 cell density. So it’s widely assumed that the base Model 3 will have a 60 kWh battery (or less) and the only other option will be the 75. This puts range for the base Model 3 at or above the 215 mile mark, and possibly as good or better than that of the Chevrolet Bolt. It also follows Tesla’s recent trend of limiting the number of models/packs and having a standard model, along with a performance model.

Now that Tesla has moved to pay-per-use for Supercharging, this creates questions about what that will mean for the Model 3. Will it be the same setup as the S and X? Hopefully we’ll find out Friday.

The Model 3 will be capable of second-generation Autopilot and full self-driving. It’s assumed that this week we will be made aware of the costs associated with adding these features.

Finally, arguably the most anticipation-enticing variable surrounding the Tesla Model 3 is that fact that the car’s interior hasn’t been officially revealed. There is a ton of speculation, mostly due to a multitude of spy shots, but honestly, we know almost nothing on an official level. We could spout off here about everything that we have seen, heard, assume, think we know, etc. regarding the Model 3 interior, but what’s the point? We can’t imagine that Friday won’t bring all the official answers.

A few other potential additions to Friday’s ceremony …

Is Tesla planning to announce the winner of Project Loveday?

Will Tesla provide a more concrete/official indication of what he Model 3 delivery schedule will look like?

Are we missing anything that you believe may be a part of the festivities? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: The Motley Fool

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65 responses to "Tesla Model 3 Reveal – Expectations"

  1. WadeTyhon says:

    I expect it to have a HUD, falcon wing doors, space ship controls, genuine leather seats, charging from CCS stations, a hatch, apple carplay, full autonomy from day 1 and access to onstar!

    Either that, or it will be exactly like the car we have been looking at for months. Either way is fine with me. I cannot wait to take one home. 😉

    1. CLIVE says:

      Leather is gone.

      Vegan alternative is offered.

      1. vtByron says:

        What I love about this reply is that you address the leather…ignoring everything else…fantastic…

        1. WadeTyhon says:

          Perhaps he thought I was serious about all the other features I mentioned that are guaranteed to not be there?

          My fault I suppose, I did forget the sarcasm tag lol.

          1. Cavaron says:

            I wouldn’t rule out CCS…

            1. WadeTyhon says:

              I could see an adapter being made for CCS at some point.

              But at least in the US, CCS charging is pretty unlikely. It would be great if it did though!

    2. philip d says:

      Rumor has it there will be a range extender option.

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        I heard! If true, are you going with the Diesel range extender or the Fuel Cell range extender on your model 3? 😉

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Oh, I don’t think a hydrogen powered fuel cell range extender is sufficiently energy-inefficient. I want a gas-powered motor to run an onboard electrolyzer generating hydrogen to feed the fuel cell range extender. 😛

          1. WadeTyhon says:

            Of course, that is powerful and exciting new technology!

            But I am not sure that Honda would be willing to license the technology found in their Honda Clarity Gas-Powered V8 Electrolyzer to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Range Extender with Eco Boost.

            Plus, Tesla is trying to keep options down for the early models.

    3. Skeptic says:

      My reservation has been in since day 1, but the previews of the Model 3 interior are not suitable. I want a car with more than just an iPad for all of its user controls. I want the best technology for each use. That means a volume knob for the audio, without having to dig two or three levels deep in a IU, or trying to slide an image on a two-dimensional screen while bouncing around the road. I want a HUD, because I intend to drive it, not the other way around. IMHO, I think too many people have been brainwashed by the propaganda of not just the Tesla marketing team, but also of their fan-boy followers. Elon doesn’t have to utter anything, because his fan-boys will protect him. This car is the most over-hyped, albeit nicely-styled, vehicle to ever exist. But soon, people will realize that an iPad is insufficient to properly control a vehicle, and sometimes, old-tech is better for it’s intended use than new-tech. To all you people you are salivating for the Model 3, you just moved up one place on the reservation list. Enjoy your toy.

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        I see you’re skeptical. 🙂

        Get the car that works for you. Do not let angry Tesla BEV-purists influence your decision. I didn’t let them turn me off from getting a Bolt or our Volt.

        I highly recommend the 2018 Volt if you are looking for a sleek Plug-In. It did away with the fake buttons of the first gen and went back to a more intuitive interface for gen 2.

        Or if you are into hatchbacks or crossovers, check out the Bolt. I love mine! You might also consider a fusion energi or a BMW 530e. They get about 20 miles of EV range.

        Right now, our plan is to replace my wife’s 2013 Volt with a model 3. But we will place no order until we drive it. If for whatever reason she doesn’t like it, we will happily get a gen 2 Volt.

        1. Skeptic says:

          The problem is that no manufacturer seems to want to produce the car I want. I’m fine with BEV purists. I want a totally electric vehicle–NO petroleum products! But neither the Bolt nor Volt, nor any Ford Energi, or BMW e vehicle does the trick. I want a BEV with great styling, range, and with a reasonable rechargeable network; but also with no “minimalistic” interior compromises.
          I hate iPads, especially in a car! I want knobs that are always in the same place, so that my muscle memory can operate them without looking down to see where they are. And knowing that when I turn physical knobs, I get what is expected. Since when did a common variable potentiometer cost so much that it can’t be afforded on a $35k car?
          I want to know how fast I am going without having to look to downward and to the side to decipher a bunch of text on a conglomeration of information. I want important information in in front of my face. Without having to refocus or turn aside. How many companies will produce aftermarket HUDs for the Model 3, if Tesla even allows the connection? A whole bunch! But no, Elon’s “spaceship vision” rules the day. What a bunch of corporate propaganda. This Tesla EV enthusiasm has devolved into a cult of Elon. The man is smart, but like any other man, doesn’t know everything better than everyone else. Please get a grip on reality and humanity.
          If GM wanted to produce a successful EV, they would have styled the Bolt by designers, instead of accountants. They wouldn’t have put a $20K interior in a $40k car, and the seats would be comfortable for everyone, instead of just skinny-assed teenagers.
          I had hoped that Tesla would have made the first affordable EV that real people wanted. Instead, it seems that the half-million reservations will dwindle to sales of about half of that, after people actually experience the car. What a shame, and what a waste of talent and resources. Apparently, they need an older adult in the Board Room to temper the enthusiasm of the youngsters. Yes, I am a skeptic. For good reason.

          1. Asak says:

            I agree with a lot of your complaints. On paper the Model 3 has all the advantages. It has a nationwide charging network, which currently no other manufacturer can compete with. However not having a HUD… it seems like a minor thing, but really it matters to me a lot. I always hated the center console display in the Prius, which is part of the reason I never owned one. It’s the same issue here.

            And, yes the rabid fanboys for Tesla are also annoying. I’m not talking about every single person who supports Tesla. That’s fine in and of itself, it’s just when taken to extremes that it becomes obnoxious. This is true of any company that develops a rabid following though, whether it’s Tesla or Apple or what have you.

          2. reader says:

            Check out Hyundai Ionic EV, it might just be what you are looking for.

          3. Tesla4theWin says:

            You should look at priced for a used Model S, I have one and the screen is not needed for the most important options (the Model 3 may have similar features):

            1. For volume there is a little wheel button on the left side of the steering wheel that you can scroll up or down or press in to toggle mute/pause

            2. Similarly, the right of the steering wheel has a button you can customize for temp, fan speed, audio device, etc

            3. For navigation you use the voice command button the steering wheel and say “Navigate to Walgreens/restaurant/Home/Work/123 Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL/etc” just like searching google maps

            4. For playing music you can use the voice command button and say “Play Coldplay/Yellow by Coldplay/etc” to quickly play on Slacker radio a song/artist/album and then it plays similar music just like a pandora station, you can even skip a song with the steering wheel button.

            1. Skeptic says:

              Thanks for all the advice. The Ionic is a nice car, but has all the sexiness of a Prius. Practical, but bland. But my point is much more about design. I simply need a common rotary potentiometer to accomplish my task without uncertainty, delay, or unnecessary complications. Good design is not just about sexy lines; it is about accomplishing tasks without thought. Some things have already been perfected. Speaking to a computer to have it lower the audio volume is not as elegant as turning a small fixed-in-place knob counter-clockwise. Great designers know what needs to be improved, and what should stay as is. In my opinion, it is not vision which is lacking in the Model Three, it is wisdom.

  2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    When will AWD be available?

    I’m in no rush, I’m a 2020 buyer. 😛

    1. CLIVE says:

      AWD is what I’d want too.

    2. William says:

      I’m a model Y 2020 buyer.

  3. Someone out there says:

    I expect it to have leaky seals, crooked panels and a drivetrain that needs replacing after two months.

    1. Seth says:

      That’s reserved for French cars 🙂 My Peugeot 206 leaked water from the door seal at 80km/h and the bonnet didn’t close properly unless it was warm.

      The drivetrain didn’t give out, but the McPherson strut did after engine oil dissolved the bushing.

  4. TM says:

    19 responses and 5 posts?

    1. Boris says:

      Yes, it’s been like this for a few weeks with many articles…

      1. cmina says:

        .. and it has been explained by Jay that the total response counter includes the spam filter victims ..

        1. Boris says:

          Wow, with such low pass-rate, the Spam Filter (a.k.a. AI) must be really enjoying its job

          1. Jay Cole says:

            Yes, its the spam AI/filter. The counter adds those that are filtered…but we don’t delete them at once, just in case someone’s comment gets trapped in it.

            We clear it every ~24 hours (I will do that after I comment here), so you will see it drop back down to being the right number…for awhile.

            As far as the Internet goes, IEV is a fairly large site, and we keep the barriers to posting low…so it is not uncommon for us to get ~1,000+ pieces of spam comments in a day (and mostly on the stories under 24 hours old).

            1. Boris says:

              Understood.

  5. Kdawg says:

    Official price? (and option prices)((yes I know the first ones won’t have many options))

    1. F150 Brian says:

      Yes, the pricing will be interesting.

      Just went on https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/new to see what new inventory exists.

      Cheapest Model X available is 1/4 Million Dollars.

      So forget the base price of the Model 3. What will the new inventory minimum price be, whenever they actually have new inventory.

      1. Rich says:

        Are you in Canada? In the US, the Model X new inventory starts at $96K. The price slider to filter inventory doesn’t even go above $200K.

      2. Prad Bitt says:

        I saw $155,000, and 234,000.

  6. cab says:

    I have a bad feeling we aren’t going to get nearly as much detail as we would like. If that holds true then these “first deliveries” will seem a lot more like extended beta release candidates than production. I would be satisfied with a Monroney sticker at this point.

    1. Doggydogworld says:

      These are definitely extended betas built by hand and sold only to insiders who probably signed NDAs.

      Monroney sticker is a must, otherwise Musk will get roasted. Configurator was promised, so I’ll give that a 50/50 chance.

      Interior reveal? They pretty much have to if the 30 owners are allowed to drive in public.

      1. Nix says:

        doggy — Tesla stopped hand building Model 3’s back in February, as reported right here on insideev’s. All TM3’s have been built on their assembly line using production tooling instead of beta tooling since then. Again, detailed right here on insideev’s.

        Don’t tell me you are 6 months behind?

        1. Doggydogworld says:

          Come on Nix. One car per day would be the world’s most pathetic assembly line.

          Tesla is still setting the line up. And calibrating the bits that are running. I’m sure they’re using production tooling for almost all tasks, but it’s a stop/start/measure, highly manual process. The idea that the entire line is up, but running in some kind of super-glacial-slowmo mode, is hilarious.

          I don’t know why you take offense when people note Tesla does things differently. No normal car company would sell cars built this way, they’d wait another 4-5 months until the line was fully up and validated. But Tesla isn’t a normal car company. That’s the whole point.

          1. Nix says:

            Actually we have no idea how many cars Tesla is BUILDING per day in July. They have not given us any guidance on PRODUCTION numbers for July.

            The only numbers they have announced for July is how many they will DELIVER at one specific delivery event on one specific day in the last week of July.

            But DELIVERY does not equal PRODUCTION. In fact, it would be absurd to expect that Tesla would deliver every single car they built in July while it is still July.

            ____________________________

            Yes, the production numbers will be small. Yes, it will be slow. No, that does not mean they are hand-building them. Perhaps you don’t understand the definition of hand-building a car? If you are just being sloppy with actual terms that have actual meaning, there is nothing wrong with that. That happens. It doesn’t make your use of the term correct.

            The Model 3 assembly line is what it is. Yes, they plan on continuing to automate more and more tasks well into mid-2018, and even beyond that. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a complete assembly line. Yes, they will continue to install more robots. Again, that doesn’t mean they are “hand building” anything.

          2. Nix says:

            “No normal car company would sell cars built this way, they’d wait another 4-5 months until the line was fully up and validated.”

            GM started Bolt production in the last week of Oct. 2016. 10 weeks later, they had delivered 579 Bolts.

            Tesla is just 4 weeks into production and is delivering their first cars.

            At 10 weeks (end of first week of Sept) the mixture of delivery and build numbers that have been released indicate that the Model 3 will be in the low or possibly mid 500’s.

            Yes, they absolutely are very different, but GM didn’t build 5,000 Bolts the first week or first month either.

          3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Doggydogworld said:

            “Tesla is still setting the line up. And calibrating the bits that are running. I’m sure they’re using production tooling for almost all tasks, but it’s a stop/start/measure, highly manual process. The idea that the entire line is up, but running in some kind of super-glacial-slowmo mode, is hilarious.”

            You’re doubling down on your mis-use of the term “hand built”? It’s not just a result of lack of information on your part?

            Even the Tesla Roadster, which had the EV powertrain installed by hand, was described as a “partially hand-built” car, not a “hand-built” one as it would be if your usage of the term were correct.

            I guess you agree with Humpty Dumpty. To slightly paraphrase that famous line from Alice in Wonderland:

            ‘When I use a word,’ Doggydogworld said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

            No auto maker uses the term “hand built” to indicate the fact that when starting production, the line is run only briefly before being shut down, followed by extensive inspection for errors or incomplete assembly, with such errors corrected by hand. Such early production units when made by other auto makers are used for an extended period of internal testing rather than sold. The fact that Tesla is actually selling these early production units does not make them “hand built”, despite your mis-use of the term.

            I guess where we fundamentally disagree, Doggydogworld, is where you say “Tesla is still setting the line up.” As I see it, they have set up the assembly line, and are now fine-tuning it for mass production. Your description reads like you think a significant number of the new assembly line machines are still sitting in their shipping crates inside the factory, and haven’t been installed on the line yet.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Doggydogworld said:

        “These are definitely extended betas built by hand…”

        Doggydogworld, perhaps you don’t follow the “story” of Tesla as fanatically as some of us Usual Suspects (like me) do? A recent article here on InsideEVs shows that Tesla has already made more than 300 Model 3’s, presumably most or all for testing purposes.

        It’s rather unlikely that Tesla is still building Model 3’s by hand at this point. That’s what “starting production” means, isn’t it? That they’re actually starting up the mass production line, so cars are no longer hand built?

        For you to use the word “definitely” here, when it’s just you expressing an opinion contrary to the evidence we have… well, let’s just say I think the word is inappropriate, and seems out of character for your usually well informed and sensible posts.

    2. Gazz says:

      Finally, Tesla is skipping the last stage of validation but selling the validation cars to top executives. Not speeding up anything.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Hmmm, I would guess that some of those initial 30 deliveries will go to top Tesla execs, but others will go to employees who are not. Does Tesla even have 30 “top executives”? I doubt it. Tesla isn’t GM!

  7. Paul says:

    We have any confirmed news on charging specs yet?

    1. Nix says:

      3 more days…

    2. John says:

      No, only HUD is confirmed.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Confirmed where? Heck, I don’t even see any recent rumor.

        I just checked Google news for [tesla “model 3” hud]… crickets.

  8. yomama-foo says:

    I am a model 3 3030 buyer. Yes the year three thousand and thirty! That way, it will teleport me to Elon-Proxima B colony.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      AI has eradicated the human species by then.

    2. Gazz says:

      It’s like buying a first generation I-phone back in 2007. Great but guaranteed to become old hat.

  9. fred says:

    I’m hoping when those first 30 are released that reviews will follow with video etc.

  10. F150 Brian says:

    I want to know if that interior is really going into production.

    My wife ordered a Caravan and the sales dude wrote down the wrong order codes, so instead of dark grey with light grey panel inserts in came with white inserts on a black interior (not that different than the picture above).

    When it arrived, my wife was not to happy and the dealer said they thought that it was an odd combo – even referred to it as hideous – and immediately put a rush order in with the right codes.

    Does anyone really like that?

    1. needa says:

      It doesn’t bother me in those pics, but not something I would likely choose.

      1. Asak says:

        I actually kind of like the white and black interior. What I don’t like is the lack of a HUD, or instrument cluster or whatever you want to call it.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “Does anyone really like that?”

      Speaking only for myself, I’d want to see the colors and/or materials in person before making any buying decision. The colors seen in photographs can vary subtly or even sharply, depending on lighting, camera settings, and/or on how poorly your computer monitor is calibrated. (And unless you have a professional grade monitor professionally calibrated… then the question isn’t whether or not it’s correctly calibrated, but rather just how poorly calibrated it is.)

      Visit your local Tesla store to see actual color samples in person before plunking down something like $35,000 – $42,000 on a car! (– shameless plug. 🙂 )

      However, to more directly address your question, my personal color choices would tend toward the practical rather than the esthetic. I would never choose white seats; they show dirt and stains much too well. And black isn’t much better; it makes lint stand out, plus it converts sunlight to heat much too well.

      It may be boring, but give me a nice beige, or maybe a medium-light blue. Not too light; not a sky blue, as that would produce too much glare.

  11. AndreiC says:

    let`s not forget the Model s 40kWh had a 52,5k price after credit… now the entry lvl price for a Model S is?

    1. pjwood1 says:

      74.5k Want XM? ~80k. Then again, a LOT more comes standard, than 4 yrs ago.

      For a while, Model S may just be Model 3’s most expensive option.

  12. Stx says:

    The official dimensions will be revealed and with any chance I’ll officially know that it doesn’t fit my garage 🙁
    I have the impression that with present battery technology if you don’t want to sacrifice space on the interior (like on the Renault Zoe) you are forced to make a very big car!
    May be I will have to wait for Tesla car sharing service to ride one..

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “I have the impression that with present battery technology if you don’t want to sacrifice space on the interior (like on the Renault Zoe) you are forced to make a very big car!”

      I think the Bolt EV pretty definitively proves otherwise. By comparison, that car is big on the inside while being small on the outside. The long nose on Tesla cars may look nice and stylish, and that may make it easier to get superior front impact crash test ratings, but I don’t think it’s necessary in any practical sense. Ditto for a sedan’s trunk; a hatchback is far more practical. The Bolt EV gets dinged for being too narrow, but that’s a separate issue from efficiently utilizing the length to maximize passenger/cargo area.

      On style, the Model 3 wins over the Bolt EV hands-down. On maximizing passenger/cargo area, not so much. Of course, different buyers give different weights to these factors in making a buying decision — as well as many other factors, such as the comfort of the front seats and the importance (or lack thereof) of Tesla’s Supercharger network.

  13. Priusmaniac says:

    Cabin air filter.

  14. Don Zenga says:

    Keep counting the # of hours left and the thrill and sensation will increase. Be conservative, the 7 PM PST may even move to 8 PM and finally the car details may emerge by 9 PM which will be 12 AM EST. Half of US population lives in Eastern time zone area, so I will use that.

  15. Charles says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what sort of charge connector it will have. Of course we’ve seen the US model which presumably has the proprietary Tesla connector, but in most of the rest of the world, the Model S/X uses a Type 2 connector which is compatible with Mennekes plugs (without an adaptor). It is possible that, with the large space under the charge flap, there will be a full CCS Type 2 socket.

  16. Jimmy CC says:

    It remains to be seen how bright the HUD will be. Rumors are all over the place; some say it’s very bright, some say it adapts to light level.

    Bottom line: we don’t know.

  17. Asak says:

    What I want to know is only two things:

    1) What the actual range is.
    2) What is the actual price. Can we really get a bare bones model for $35K or is that just a teaser?

  18. What the range(s) is (are).
    What the battery pack capacity(ies) is / are.

    I think they will deliver more Model 3’s than promised.

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