Tesla has started taking orders for a new mid-range Model 3 that starts at $45,000, but we’re still waiting for the arrival of the $35,000 Model 3 that was promised when the electric car debuted. Well we hopefully won’t have to wait too much longer, since Tesla is now saying that the cheaper Model 3 will arrive in the next 4-6 months.
“As Model 3 production and sales continue to grow rapidly, we’ve achieved a steady volume in manufacturing capacity, allowing us to diversify our product offering to even more customers. Our new Mid-Range Battery is being introduced this week in the U.S. and Canada to better meet the varying range needs of the many customers eager to own Model 3, and our delivery estimate for customers who have ordered the Standard Battery is 4-6 months.”
That means that the base Tesla Model 3 will start arriving between February-April 2019. The standard battery powered Tesla Model 3 will have a 220 mile driving range, but it could be extended by the time it arrives, since Elon Musk recently announced a new battery is coming.
We came up with a new design that achieves the same outcome, that’s actually lighter, better, cheaper and we will be introducing that around the end of this year – probably reach volume production on that in Q1 or something. That will make the car lighter, better, and cheaper and achieve a higher range.”