Let’s take a few minutes to talk about Tesla, because things at the electric automaker are about to get seriously supercharged.
Bad puns aside, electric cars are becoming more accepted in the U.S. and around the world, and Tesla is a big reason why.
With immediate plans to get into the crossover and small sedan markets, the Tesla logo could soon be found in driveways across America. With at least one model priced near a loaded Honda Accord, perhaps one of those driveways could be yours.
Tesla has teased the arrival of a crossover vehicle since at least 2012. The company even allowed pre-orders of the vehicle with the promise of a 2015 delivery, a promise Tesla intends to keep. The Model X will be the automaker’s first SUV.
Tesla says on its website,
Model X combines the space and functionality of a seven seat sport utility vehicle with the uncompromised performance of a Tesla.
Every Model X comes with all-wheel drive standard, powered by two independent, digitally controlled electric motors. Brilliantly functional Falcon Wing rear doors fold up and out of the way to allow easy access to third row seats.
The first deliveries should begin in 3 or 4 months. Keep your eyes (and cameras) peeled for the first ones to hit the streets!
Hot on the heels of the Model X will be the Model 3. The Motor Report says,
Musk and co. are betting the farm that the Tesla Model 3 will finally garner electric cars acceptance into the mainstream. Despite the numerous awards the Model S has accumulated over the past few years, the luxury sedan is simply too expensive for most car buyers. Tesla aims to change that by slapping a $35,000 price tag on the Model 3.
Along with the more reasonable price could come the same 250-mile range offered by the Model S. The combination of a low price and high range could very well catapult Tesla into the realm of being a mainstream automaker. Upon hearing the news of the Model 3, my lovely wife said something that could become a common sentiment. She said, “Whoa, that’s cool. I’d get that way ahead of the Leaf. The Leaf looks rinky dinky.”
Nissan has a couple of years to prepare, though. The Model 3 should be unveiled next year and hit the market in 2017.
Would a $35,000 Tesla with a 250-mile range be enough to get you into an electric car?