Elon Musk Clarifies Tesla Model 3 Won't Outperform Model S
Tesla founder Elon Musk recently cleared the air in regards to the automaker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan, telling his Twitter followers the more budget friendly Tesla won’t outperform the Model S.
Musk said in a Tweet that some of his less informed followers think the Model 3 is the next-generation of Tesla cars, similar to iPhone 2 vs. iPhone 3, when it will actually undercut the Model S and be sold alongside the full-size sedan. He added the Model 3 is “just a smaller, more affordable version of the Model S,” with less range, power and fewer features.
The outspoken CEO also revealed the Model 3 will be sold in rear-wheel-drive format only at first, citing the desire to minimize configuration complexity to help keep the production launch on schedule. Customers that put down a pre-order deposit on the Model 3 who want all-wheel drive will be first in line to get the dual motor car when it’s released, which will likely be in 6 to 9 months.
Earlier this week, Musk said Tesla intends to Car & Driver]
“Tesla intends to skip the “beta” test phase of the Model 3’s development cycle and will go straight to “early release” versions. Musk is confident, however, and believes the Model 3 will be much less glitchy at launch than the Model S” Right. Haven’t we heard this line from every software company on Earth? And guess what happened… So people put deposit to get a real car and instead get privilege for “early release”… Beta test for your own money…
There's a good mea culpa from Musk in that interview: Musk: "Because I was a dumb idiot and didn't realize at the time that it would cause confusion" "Model 3 was going to be called Model E, for obvious dumb humor reasons, but Ford sued to block it, so now it is S3X. Totally different :)"
So if I decide to wait in line for a dual motor car - am I gambling that the $7500 federal credit will be gone by the time my car is delivered?
It's always depressing to wade into a Tesla post as there are so many haters in them. Whatever happened to Americans celebrating ingenuity instead of trying to tear it down? As to the Model 3, I was always under the impression it was the Tesla meant to bring EVs to the masses, so why would it outperform the more expensive Model S?