Tesla’s Model 3 Tesla’s stands a smaller, simpler, more affordable car than the Model S and Model X. This is an executive, four-door saloon, full electric propulsion, with space for four adults in comfort, the middle rear best reserved for the small folk. It doesn’t have all the tricks and treats of its bigger siblings, but it possesses enough to enthrall.
Think Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series and you get an idea of where the Model 3 will ply its trade. Interested buyers can configure their new Model 3 from mid-May, with deliveries expected in September/October.
No final figure or specification has been finalized on the Irish range, but think figures of circa 49k for the introductory Standard Range Plus Model 3, with 10k increments for the Long Range AWD and a further 10k for the Model 3 Performance and you are in the neighbourhood.
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I am always reticent about publishing performance figures, their relevance often immaterial to the purchase. Here with this new, high-tech Tesla, it is important that drivers realise the potency of their new, silent road companion. These cars demand a complete re-calibration of time and distance, their subtlety deserving of acclimatisation.
|Specs at a Glance||Standard Range Plus||Long Range AWD||Model 3 Performance|
|0-100 Kmh||5.6 seconds||4.6 seconds||3.4 seconds|
|Top Speed (Km/h)||225 km/h||233 km/h||261 km/h|
|WLTP KM||415 km (WLTP est)||560 km||530 km|
Safety is a major priority with the Tesla Model 3, with every car coming as standard with active safety features that include:
As with other Tesla models, the Model 3 will continue to receive updates which add new features and enhance functionality over time. Premium connectivity is included as standard for one year which contains satellite maps with live traffic visualisation, Spotify and over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi & cellular.
Model 3 Interior
No drivers console, all information coming from the left side of the centre screen, with the menu’s allowing all manner of adjustment and selection via the buttons on the steering wheel. As with many modern-day cars, familiarising yourself with the Model 3 Tesla is highly recommended, such is the truly massive amount of assistance, advice and comfort available.
Customers of the Model 3 have an interior choice of black or white premium. This includes premium heated seating with 12-way, power adjustable front seats and centre console with covered storage, 4 USB ports and docking for two smartphones. The premium audio system includes 14 surround speakers. Model 3 also comes with auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors.
Over-the-air software updates are a standard feature of Tesla vehicles. Similarly, to how we receive updates to our smartphone, Tesla owners receive software updates to their car remotely without visiting a service centre.
Additionally, access to Tesla’s mobile app allows owners to monitor charging and put the climate control on. All new Tesla vehicles are fitted as standard with extensive hardware to enable the latest safety and convenience features.
Eight surround cameras provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 metres of range. Twelve ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for the detection of both hard and soft objects. A forward-facing radar provides additional data about the world and is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust and the car ahead.
Colours & Wheels
Model 3 has five colour options with solid black included as standard. Metallic colours, Midnight Silver and Deep Blue, Multi Coat Red and Pearl White. It comes with a choice of 18” Aero wheels as standard and 19” Sport wheels as an option. 20” Performance Wheels come as standard with Model 3 Performance.
Autopilot on the Model 3 operates under active driver supervision, enabling your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.
All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to Tesla’s global Supercharger network, which is reserved specifically for Tesla owners; there are more than 440 Supercharger locations with over 3600 Superchargers in Europe and growing constantly. In Europe, Model 3 comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks. Click on the link http://bit.ly/2vqVOzA to see the current list of Tesla chargers in Ireland.
EV’s owners should primarily be using their at home charge point, at the night rate, to bring their Tesla up to full charge for the journey ahead. For longer journeys, Model 3’s range and the Supercharger network combine to make long distance travel easily achievable. In addition to this, the Tesla Destination Charging network has charging at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres.
Tesla partners with hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and resorts to make charging on arrival as simple as charging at home. Ireland has over 1,000 public charge points that are free to use.