Here At Last. Here At Last. The Tesla Model 3 Is Here At Last


This article was written by Kyle Field and published previously at our sister site, CleanTechnica.

At the Tesla Model 3 production vehicle reveal tonight, Tesla shared the official pricing and range of the two versions of the Model 3 initially available to customers. It will come in “Standard” at the base $35,000 price tag, which will feature 220 miles of range. The Standard trim is no slouch and will speed along from 0–60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds, up to a top speed of 130 miles per hour.

For those with deeper pockets, a “Long Range” model will also be available for an extra $9,000. This trim buys another 90 miles of range for a total of 310 miles of all-electric range. The larger battery pack also means more power can be extracted at one time, resulting in a lower 0–60 mph time of just 5.1 seconds, up to a top speed of 140 miles per hour. These specs were visible from the live webcast that was streamed from Tesla’s homepage at

The specs aren’t going to get any performance nuts overly excited, but they are confirmation that Tesla will deliver a Model 3 with over 300 miles of range at a much lower price point than Model S.

Elon’s mention of a Ludicrous version of Model 3 is yet to be confirmed, with no news of a performance or Ludicrous upgrade option at this point. In fact, no options were confirmed — though, a variety of exterior colors and rim types were visible in the 40 or 50 Model 3s parked next to the stage.

The 310 mile Long Range Model 3 creates another niche market between the base Model 3 and the Model S pricing bracket for buyers who just want a long-range electric vehicle but don’t necessarily need the larger footprint or larger dent in the wallet that comes with Model S. The Long Range Model 3 does, understandably, come with a weight penalty of 265 pounds for the weight of the additional batteries.

The event was underwhelming if anything and under-delivered in terms of the details we were expecting to see, but that was all put to rest as Tesla updated the specs on its website just a few minutes after the event closed. Immediately below are the top-line options, with the full specs on Model 3 at the bottom.

  • Long Range Battery — $9,000
  • Premium Paint Colors — $1,000 (Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Pearl White Multi-Coat, Red Multi-Coat)
  • 19″ Sport Rims — $1,500
  • Premium Upgrades Package — $5,000
    • Premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout
    • 12-way, power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors
    • Premium audio system with more power, tweeters, surround speakers and subwoofer
    • Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
    • Auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors
    • LED fog lamps
    • Center console with covered storage and docking for two smartphones
  • Enhanced Autopilot — $5,000
  • Full Self-Driving Capability — $3,000 (requires Enhanced Autopilot)

Model 3

Model 3 is a smaller, simpler, and a more affordable electric car. Designed and built as the world’s first truly mass-market electric vehicle, it is a critical step in Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Like every Tesla vehicle, Model 3 combines range, performance, safety, and technology. Intelligent design maximizes interior space to comfortably fit 5 adults and all of their gear. The high-efficiency powertrain provides zero to 60 mph acceleration in as little as 5.1 seconds.

Model 3 is designed to achieve the highest safety ratings in every category. Combined with 220* to 310 miles of range and a starting price of $35,000 before incentives, Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable vehicle yet.

Model 3 is currently in production, and deliveries to employee reservation holders began on July 28, 2017, at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA. Reservations for Model 3 first opened on March 31, 2016, and remain available today.

* EPA estimated range


Price — $35,000

Standard Battery

  • Range: 220 miles (EPA estimated)
  • Supercharging rate: 130 miles of range per 30 minutes
  • Home charging rate: 30 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 32A)
  • Deliveries begin: Fall 2017


  • 0–60 mph: 5.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 130 mph


  • 15” touchscreen display
  • Dual zone climate control system
  • FM/Internet streaming radio
  • Textile seating
  • Front center console with open storage and two USB ports


  • Onboard maps and navigation
  • Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity
  • Keyless entry and remote climate control using the Tesla app
  • Voice-activated controls
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and media streaming
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat to maximize cargo options
  • Back-up camera
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror
  • One-touch power windows throughout
  • Power-adjustable side mirrors
  • 12-volt power outlet


  • Full LED exterior lighting
  • Eight cameras, forward radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors enabling active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking
  • Six front row and two side curtain airbags
  • Three-point safety belts with belt-reminders for driver and four passengers
  • Two LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) attachments in second row
  • Electronic stability and traction control
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic parking brake
  • Child safety locks
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system


  • Vehicle: 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty
  • Battery warranty: 8 year, 100,000 mile (120,000 mile with Long Range Battery)


Long Range Battery — $9,000

  • Range: 310 miles
  • Supercharging rate: 170 miles of range per 30 minutes
  • Home charging rate: 37 miles of range per hour (240V outlet, 40A)
  • 0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
  • Top speed: 140 mph
  • Deliveries begin: July 2017


  • Solid Black: Standard
  • Midnight Silver Metallic: $1,000
  • Deep Blue Metallic: $1,000
  • Silver Metallic: $1,000
  • Pearl White Multi-Coat: $1,000
  • Red Multi-Coat: $1,000


  • 18” Aero: Standard
  • 19” Sport: $1,500

Premium Upgrades Package — $5,000
Upgraded interior with additional features and premium materials.

  • Premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs
  • 12-way, power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors, with custom driver profiles
  • Premium audio system with more power, tweeters, surround speakers and subwoofer
  • Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
  • Auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors
  • LED fog lamps
  • Center console with covered storage and docking for two smartphones

Enhanced Autopilot — $5,000
Model 3 will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway and self-park at your destination.

Additional features will roll out over time through software updates.

Full Self-Driving Capability — $3,000 (requires Enhanced Autopilot)
In the future, Model 3 will be capable of conducting trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.

This feature is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary by jurisdiction.


Dimensions & Weight

  • Length: 184.8”
  • Width: 72.8” (76.1” with mirrors folded)
  • Height: 56.8”
  • Wheelbase: 113.2”
  • Track (wheel center): 62.2” front and rear
  • Ground clearance: 5.5”
  • Head room, standard: 39.6” front row, 37.7” second row
  • Head room, glass roof: 40.3” front row, 37.7” second row
  • Leg room: 42.7” front row, 35.2” second row
  • Shoulder room: 56.3” front row, 54.0” second row
  • Hip room: 53.4” front row, 52.4” second row
  • Seating capacity: 5 adults
  • Luggage capacity: 15 cubic feet
  • Curb weight:
    • 3549 lbs. (Model 3)
    • 3814 lbs. (Model 3 Long Range)
  • Weight distribution:
    • 47% front, 53% rear (Model 3)
    • 48% front, 52% rear (Model 3 Long Range)


  • Hybrid steel/aluminum body
  • Drag coefficient of 0.23


  • Double wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Variable ratio, speed sensitive electronic power steering
  • Electromechanically boosted four wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
  • 18” Aero or 19” Sport wheels with all-season tires

Standard Accessories

  • 240 volt NEMA 14-50 adapter
  • 120 volt NEMA 5-15 adapter
  • J1772 public charging adapter
  • 20 foot mobile connector with storage bag

Production Projection

On its website, Tesla has added the following graphic and information about the production schedule it expects to follow for the Model 3 and any additional options it adds to it in the future.

Model 3 production projection

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Kyle Field I'm a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. The more you know, the less you need.
  • James Rowland

    310 miles from the “Long Range” battery is impressive.

    Taking a third of the cells out of the “Standard” pack was a surprise for me. I guess meeting the $35k base model price necessitated it. This might mean the all wheel drive option will require the battery upgrade.

    I’m not thrilled that a variable ratio steering rack is standard. Having tried several of those, my impression is that they invariably make cars feel worse to drive.

    • Steve Hanley

      Ah, but Elon’s variable steering will not be like others. It will plug in directly to a dongle implanted into your cerebral cortex so you can control it with your mind.

      The dongle is free. The brain surgery is an $299,000 option and will be performed at Tesla service centers! : – )

  • bioburner

    So a fully loaded Model 3 prices out at something close to $55K plus freight (before tax credit). That is a bit more than I was thinking it was going to be. Then again no battery upgrade and no auto pilot brings the price down to say $43K…. close to Bolt in range and price

    • Joe Viocoe

      I don’t understand how so many people seem blindsided. When there were so many comparisons to the BMW 3 series made by Elon musk and others. BMW pricing schedule also has expensive options for base models starting at $35,000 that bring the total to $60,000 or more.

      • bioburner

        Yup target the BMW not the Chevy Bolt. Elon Musk has said on many occasions that the 3 would be affordable and threw out the $35K price.
        Bottom line ( IMHO ) A stripped down Model 3 competes on price with a maxed out Chevy Bolt. A maxed out Model 3 competes on price with a loaded BMW 3 series..