Tesla Motors is creating a revolution out there in the automobile industry. Right now, they’re out with their fourth car in line -Model 3. Though in my opinion, the name doesn’t scream out its exciting technology, car buffs and people aware of Tesla motors sure knows about the refining it has undergone. So why would I say that Tesla is revolutionizing the automobile industry?
The answer lies in the fact that, ever since the advent of electric cars they have always been associated with the frail tag. Every new electric car was branded ‘weak’ and didn’t even manage a look from car-lovers forget close attention because they always had this feeling, somewhere deep-down that
‘Engines roared and motors moaned!’
But things are fast changing. Tesla is making car-lovers think otherwise, they’ve started seeing real potential in electric cars and the changing face of the automobile industry. Tesla brings out cars with jaw-dropping looks, futuristic interiors, robust motors and a mileage that gives engine-cars a run for their money.
The model 3 priced strategically starts at $35,000 for the base model. After it started taking in bookings, 400,000 people have pre-ordered the Model 3. With a booking price of only $1000 people have literally thrown in their money to get themselves the most affordable Tesla ever. However, when it comes to India, thanks to the import duty the car would cost a little more than one crore rupees!! So literally it’s nothing short of a luxury car over here.
The chassis is made of a mix of light-weight aluminum and steel. The windshield boasts protection from harmful UV radiations and also reduces the heat inside. The traditional instrument panel is replaced by a 15” touch control panel on the dashboard. An acceleration of 0-60 mph (96km/h) in under 6 seconds. It also has an autopilot feature that lets cars steer, change lanes, and even park themselves. The car also boasts a mileage of 346km per charge.
The specs are indeed promising but what about the 18 months long wait for the release? Will Tesla be able to bring it out by the end of 2017, as promised? The answer is a sad NO.
Not because Tesla has a bad record in meeting deadlines (the Model X was delivered to many, only after a yearlong wait from the deadline.), but because of the sheer number of orders and its small production capacity. There is also a major problem in the production of Li-ion batteries for all these vehicles because estimates suggest that Tesla should buy-out the whole, Li-on industry to meet its demand. The reason for such a predicament can be attributed to the increasing number of adopters for this technology and sectors like aviation switching over to Li-ion cells (in the Boeing Dreamliner).
Even though the 18-months delivery date is quite unrealistic, it’s indeed hard to estimate the plausible delay. The foremost reason being the fact that Tesla has a lot of money to play around with, so economically it’s not tough for them to upgrade their production or buy new facilities. The second reason is The man behind the wheel is Elon Musk who has an unbeaten record of accomplishments in numerous fields. He is revolutionizing everything, from the transport sector to the space industry and forever taking up challenging tasks. Delivering the Model 3 by the end of 2017 is quite a challenge. Only time will tell if Tesla can achieve this milestone.