Testing Tesla Model 3 As A Truck?

OCT 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 31

It’s not a truck, but it can haul a lot of stuff if needed.

The Tesla Model 3, in terms of cargo capacity, is far behind both the Model S and Model X and the sedan-type setup doesn’t help. However, as Tech Forum demonstrates in the video, the Model 3 is still a solid choice for hauling stuff.

The rear trunk and folded rear seats provide plenty of space, while there is still that front trunk available for smaller items.

After taking on several hundred pounds, the car is a half inch lower on its already lowered suspension, but it’s ok.

The Model 3 is an electric car for the mass market, which requires it to have decent storage capacity.

We are eager to see the Model Y, which could be a killer – with a bigger trunk, ability to tow and maybe some roof racks.

And just in case you were wondering, a whole beer keg fits in the Model 3 trunk with tons of room to spare.

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What’s the cargo capacity with the rear seats down?
But seriously, comparing the Model 3 to a truck, even if it’s half tongue in cheek? Maybe I’ll put out a video comparing my Bolt to a tractor trailer. 🙂

Bolt Trunk Space: 16.9 cu/ft
Model 3 Trunk Space: 15 cu/ft.

You’re trying to make a world of a difference, given only less than 2 cu/ft of cargo volume.

Yes Bolt has more trunk space than Model-3.
But Model-3 has frunk space while Bolt does not. Overall Model-3 has more interior space.

You also forget that most of the bolts trunk space is narrow and vertical so not very useful unless you are bringing home a lot of paintings.

All good, but I’ll be happier if it could tow.

Anything can tow if done properly and carefully.
I think you mean you’d be happier if you could tow AND not void your warranty =P

I know it’s not going to happen in this crossover era but it would be cheap and simple to do a wagon version like many other lower luxury class vehicles have and greatly improve practicality at presumably lower cost and better efficiency than a crossover.

Well, we’ll see what Model Y looks like…

A Model 3 Wagon, and a Model S Wagon, after Model Y is Rolling, would be nice additions to the Product Line, but would either do more to help Move People to Electric, and reduce Daily Highway Pollution, as much as the Semi, Large Truck, and Pickup?

I don’t see the connection between a Model 3 wagon and (heavy) trucks since they don’t serve the same markets. I think if Tesla wants to build 500K Model 3’s a year it will need to have a lot of variants so it really should consider a wagon, and to the extend offering high utility variants help BEVs appeal to more people I think that is what will help more people to make the step towards going electric.

I don’t see how slotting a wagon between the 3 and Y will really help drive profitable sales, it would likely just make manufacturing harder. The main difference between a crossover and a wagon is higher ground clearance and higher seating position. If we look at bmw 3 series sport wagon versus the crossover x3, the x3 starts at a lower price and only weighs 170lbs more. The main difference is sheet metal, seats, and tires. The higher volume crossover probably costs less to make than the wagon. The extra metal probably costs less than $200 more, and the higher profile tires are likely less expensive. The hole in the line up is between the S/X and 3/Y not an absence of a wagon.

Sedan and wagon will have 15% – 20% better range than the Y.

“The main difference between a crossover and a wagon is higher ground clearance and higher seating position.”

I’m not sure what they’re calling a “wagon” these days, but traditionally a station wagon was made by taking the sedan and extending the roof back to the rear, and perhaps adding a bit of extra length back there.

Not at all the same as a crossover, which is the taller, shorter (than a station wagon) SUV shape built on a car frame. But I’ve noticed the auto makers’ marketing departments are really blurring the lines between hatchback, CUV, and SUV these days. Blurred so much I’m not sure the lines actually exist anymore.

It’s definitely “an Emperor’s new clothes” situation. CUV’s are wagons except to those who want to believe differently. The Model Y is going to be a wagon version of the Model 3 just as the model X is to an S.

Of course they don’t serve the same markets. The point is that Tesla has limited development resources, which it needs to spend on higher-priority projects than a niche variant of the Model 3…

Yes, yes they would! At least for the for the effort required, which would be negligible. I don’t want a sedan. Sedans are for old people who don’t need to transport anything like bikes or strollers. If it doesn’t have a hatch I’m not interested.

Such a shame Tesla doesn’t seem to plan an electric wagon. I think it’s a big misunderstanding/ignorance of the European market. Most cars here are wagon. I know the SUV are the growing market but they are still behind.
EV efficiency is really important (and under rated) and a wagon would beat an SUV any day.

When you see a guy is ready to pay 70k pounds to transform its model S into a wagon…

Uh, no, definitely not most cars are wagons… The number significant, but still just a fraction of total sales for most models.

Everybody loves wagons (especially the Auto press). But when it comes to sales, wagons are terrible in U.S. sales compared to SUV/CUVs and even sedans. It’s a waste of Tesla’s time and limited resources to do a wagon.

They sell pretty well in Europe. It likely wouldn’t be exactly a waste of resources — but I agree that there are surely higher-priority projects to spend resources on…

Towing, a hatchback and native CCS capability (+Tesla supercharging of course) and I would be done.

Number one being the most important and also the most likely to come soon.

“A lot of stuff” is highly debatable — obviously it depends on the specific thing(s) you’d like to carry, their shape, etc.
In reality:

The actual numbers, as per the European standard method (technically, German Automakers Association — VDA) for measuring trunk/boot space, are:
Trunk: 340 litres (12 cu.ft.)
Frunk: 56 litres (3 cu. ft.)

It’s unfortunate neither Tesla’s specs nor any of the articles ever bother to break this out, and only quote the overall capacity… It does matter for some uses, like carting furniture or camping.
12 cu.ft. is actually small for the trunk on a midsize car, which is what the Model 3 is in terms of external dimensions (I don’t care what the EPA classifies it as.) It’s about the same as a compact (one size class smaller) hatch’s cargo space, like the Golf, and far less than a compact MPV’s — and again, having split space is inefficient.

Trucks can carry sheets of plywood and drywall. For manly projects. 🙂

I think “rent a small moving van for a day” is the better strategy here.

Trucks can also let you haul around 8 of your friends in the back, hanging out of the sides, because… ‘Murica.

And rolling coal with DG.

Well, most of the “manly” trucks I see here in suburbia California do not carry anything at all.

They are shiny, ride on raised suspension with extra wide tires. They usually have extra large exhausts too. On a few occasions I even see permanent blue handicap license tags on these trucks.

That’s all fine and dandy, but the Model S hatchback can’t be beat. I took home two toilets still in box from the home store one day, and a 40-gallon hot water tank still in box the next day. I’ve also taken home an unboxed dishwasher without dropping the seats (although I did have to remove the parcel shelf), I’ve even taken a stuffed recliner chair, in the reclined position. I’m waiting for my Model 3, and now that there will be an optional key fob, the cavernous hatchback is the only thing I’ll truly miss.

To think of the utility and accessibility it would have if only the window opened with the trunk, (read hatchback) … much more.

“We are eager to see the Model Y, which could be a killer – with a bigger trunk”

Do you know something I don’t, Mark? (Well of course you do… and vice versa. 😉 )

So far as I know, the Model Y will be a CUV, with a rear hatch rather than a trunk, much like the Model X.

One of my great disappointments with Tesla is that they didn’t make the Model 3 a hatchback. Height in the cargo area suffers as a result- greatly reducing the usefulness of the car.

An after market modifier can convert it to a Wagon with rear windshield in 90 degree angle to maximize the trunk space.
This may not be needed in Model-S since its a 5 door vehicle, but will be very much needed in Model-3 and also this is a mass produced vehicle.

Just like that Shooting Brake concept, some company(s) have to design it first and then they can get a good market in conversion.
Perhaps they can convert other vehicles too.

Another development is to let the roof over the trunk area slide forward so that tall items can be placed in trunk thereby converting the car into a partial truck.