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Pared-down electric experience: Driving one of the first Model 3s off the line

July 29th, 2017


FREMONT, CA—On Friday at Tesla’s factory, Ars got behind the wheel of one of the first Tesla Model 3s off the factory line. It was a quick, 5-minute guided drive around the factory, but it gave a quick impression of what may be Tesla’s most important car.

After all, Tesla has been working up to the launch of the Model 3 for years. CEO Elon Musk’s dream has been to build an affordably-priced electric vehicle for mass production, and he’s consistently framed the the Roadster, the Model S, and the Model X  as luxury vehicles destined to subsidize a lower-priced electric car for the masses.

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Now you can wait out biological warfare in Tesla’s Model S

April 13th, 2016

On Tuesday, Tesla Motors said that it would be adding features to new Tesla Model S electric vehicles, including a HEPA filter that was previously only available on the Model X cars, as well as a new charger that will speed up charging time when the car is connected to higher-amperage sources.

Other new features include a similar front fascia to the Model X and adaptive headlights that turn in order to better light the path of the car on winding roads. “Figured Ash Wood” and “Dark Ash Wood” interior accents are also now available.

All these items now come standard on Tesla’s most popular luxury sedan in production.

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Elon Musk hints at Tesla Model Y with falcon-wing doors

October 7th, 2015

Elon Musk, the world’s greatest one-man PR machine, has hinted at the existence of another Tesla: the Model Y.

Musk revealed the information in a tweet last week, which he quickly deleted. Musk had taken to Twitter following the début of the Model X—Tesla’s SUV with falcon-wing rear doors. A fan tweeted at Musk, saying she would love for the Model 3 to have falcon-wing doors as well. Somewhat surprisingly, Musk responded with: “There will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will.”

At this point, we’re fairly certain the Model 3 won’t have falcon-wing doors; all signs point to it being a smaller, cheaper version of the Model S. It would follow, then, that the Model Y might be a smaller, cheaper version of the Model X. Tesla trademarked the name “Model Y” back in 2013, around the same time that it trademarked the Model E.

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