How the Tesla Model 3 compares to the Model S and Chevy Bolt – Sean O’Kane Jul 31, 2017, 12:25pm EDT

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The Tesla Model 3 is finally (kind of) here. The first 30 Model 3s to roll off the production line were handed over to Tesla employees with reservations at an event this past weekend, and the company now begins the uphill climb of filling the 500,000 other preorders. The introduction of the production version of the Model 3 also meant we finally learned exactly what this car will be capable of. So how does it stack up against the competition?

There are certainly more electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and even hydrogen fuel cell cars available than there were when Tesla got started, but there are just four cars with more than 200 miles of range: the Tesla Model 3, the Model S, the Model X, and the Chevy Bolt. Let’s leave the extremely pricey Model X out of the equation here and focus on the other three to get the best sense of how the Model 3 measures up.

Tesla Model 3 vs. Tesla Model S vs. Chevy Bolt

Specification Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model S Chevy Bolt
Base price $35,000 $69,500 $37,495
Battery ~50–55kWh, reportedly 75kWh 60kWh
Range 220 miles 249 miles 238 miles
Fast charging 130 miles / 30 minutes at Supercharger 170 miles / 30 minutes at Supercharger Optional (90 miles / 30 minutes)
Home charging (240 volt) 30 miles / hour 52 miles / hour 25 miles / hour
Top speed 130 mph 140 mph 93 mph
0–60 mph time 5.6 seconds 4.3 seconds 6.5 seconds
Horsepower N/A 382 hp 200 hp
Drive Rear-wheel drive (AWD optional in 2018) Rear-wheel drive (AWD optional) Front-wheel drive
Wheels 18 inches (19 inches optional) 19 inches (21 inches optional) 17 inches
Displays One 15-inch, center-mounted horizontal touchscreen One 17-inch, center-mounted vertical touchscreen, one 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster One 10.2-inch, center-mounted touchscreen display, one 8-inch digital instrument cluster
Connectivity Wi-Fi / LTE / Bluetooth Wi-Fi / LTE / Bluetooth Wi-Fi / LTE / Bluetooth
Warranty 4 years / 50,000 miles 4 years / 50,000 miles 3 years / 36,000 miles
Battery warranty 8 years / 100,000 miles 8 years / infinite miles 8 years / 100,000 miles
Apple CarPlay No No Yes
Android Auto No No Yes
Over-the-air software updates Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes
Remote start Yes Yes Yes
Lane keep assist Optional (part of $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package) Optional (part of $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package) Optional
Adaptive cruise control Optional (part of $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package) Optional (part of $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package) No
Collision avoidance / automatic emergency braking Yes Yes Optional
Legroom (front) 42.7 inches 42.7 inches 41.6 inches
Legroom (rear) 35.2 inches 35.4 inches 36.5 inches
Headroom (front) 39.6 inches 38.8 inches 39.7 inches
Headroom (rear) 37.7 inches 35.3 inches 37.9 inches
Shoulder room (front) 56.3 inches 57.7 inches 54.6 inches
Shoulder room (rear) 54.0 inches 55.0 inches 52.8 inches
Hip room (front) 53.4 inches 55.0 inches 51.6 inches
Hip room (rear) 52.4 inches 54.7 inches 50.8 inches
Cargo volume 15.0 cubic feet 31.6 cubic feet 16.9 cubic feet
New order delivery date 12–18 months 1 month Immediate (based on dealer availability)

This chart tells a big part of the story here, but certainly not all of it. For one thing, Tesla’s not selling the $35,000 base model right away. The company claims that in order to quickly ramp up production, it needs to focus on the longer range (310-mile) battery first. It’s also requiring people who want those first deliveries to add on the premium trim package. So if you are one of the early Model 3 reservation holders and you want your car as soon as possible, you’re going to have to pay at least $49,000. And even when the base-level Model 3 becomes available, you’ll only be able to order it in black. Otherwise the price goes up at least $1,000 before you add on any other options.

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I Drove a Tesla Model 3. Here’s What You Need to Know – JACK STEWART 07.29.17

The Tesla Model 3 might be the newest and “affordable” vehicle in the electric automaker’s lineup, but as I pushed my foot down on its accelerator, I thought, Yeah, this thing’s still a Tesla. There’s the silent driving, the signature rapid acceleration, and the semi-autonomous Autopilot function built right in. The company has been reminding customers that the Model S, its luxury car rolled out in 2012, will remain the flagship sedan and have the fanciest features. But if you’ve lusted after that expensive Model S, you’ll likely be satisfied with the Model 3 too.

This car feels like an automotive tipping point, a sign that electric vehicles—and hopefully, the infrastructure that supports them—have finally come into their own. Time will tell whether Musk & Co. can hit their deadlines and keep production lines hummingElon Musk revealed Friday at the Model 3’s coming out party that over half a million people have now plonked down $1,000 to reserve their own—but for now, it looks quite nice.

Initially, Tesla is building just two configurations of the car, to keep things simple on the production line. The base will be the $35,000 version, with a range of 220 miles and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The “long range” version will go a claimed 310 miles between charges, and do the 0 to 60 sprint in 5.1 seconds—but it’ll set you back $44,000. (In a break from tradition, Tesla won’t talk kilowatt-hour battery sizes, saying that customers understand range in miles better.) Both models come with just one electric motor driving the back wheels. The twin motor—the all-wheel-drive option—will follow in a few months.

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Tesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile Range – By Tom Randall July 28, 2017, 9:11 PM PDT

TeslaTesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile RangeElon Musk finally unveils the long-awaited electric car for the masses. That’s the electric range of a $44,000 version of Tesla’s Model 3, unveiled in its final form Friday night. It’s a jaw-dropping new benchmark for cheap range in an electric car, and it’s just one of several surprises Tesla had in store as it handed over the keys to the first 30 customers.

`Tesla has taken in more than 500,000 deposits at $1,000 a piece, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told reporters ahead of the event. That’s created a daunting backlog that could take more than a year to fulfill—and that’s before Musk took the stage in front of thousands of employees, owners, and reservation-holders to lift the curtain on the company’s most monumental achievement yet.

“We finally have a great, affordable, electric car—that’s what this day means,” Musk said. “I’m really confident this will be the best car in this price range, hands down. Judge for yourself.” Here’s some of what Tesla disclosed at its plant in Fremont, California: Two Battery Versions Tesla has simplified the manufacturing process “dramatically,” Musk said. The same factory space where Tesla can build 50,000 Model S or Model X cars, it will soon be able to produce 200,000 Model 3s. Part of that is due to a simplified package of options.

The car comes in two battery types: standard and extended range. Here’s how they break down:

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Source: Tesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile Range – Bloomberg

Total Eclipse: Oil Giant Sees Its Future in Electricity – By Russell Gold June 13, 2017 11:04 a.m. ET

Sensing a peak in demand for crude oil, France’s Total is betting it can also produce and sell electricity to businesses and consumers 

A refinery in La Mède, France operated by oil giant Total
A refinery in La Mède, France operated by oil giant Total PHOTO: BALINT PORNECZI/BLOOMBERG NEWS

France’s Total SA, TOT 0.53% one of the world’s largest oil companies, sent its top executives to Silicon Valley last summer, where they met with tech investors and futurists. At Tesla Inc.’s Bay Area factory, a Total executive tweeted a photo of a gleaming, red Model S—an electric car that burns no oil products at all.

The trip was meant to “open their minds,” said Total Chairman and Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanné.

Total, like its peers Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, was built to service the world’s massive demand for crude oil. Betting that demand will peak in the next few decades, Mr. Pouyanné wants to turn his company into one of the world’s biggest suppliers of electricity, or what he often calls “the energy of the 21st century.”

More than any other oil major, Total sees electricity as a hedge against oil’s eventual decline and is assembling a new business around it. Last summer, it paid $1 billion for a French maker of industrial batteries. It bought a small utility that supplies gas and renewable power to households in Belgium and owns a majority stake in SunPower Corp. , a California company that makes high-efficiency solar panels for governments, businesses and households.

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All the New Details Elon Musk Shared About the Tesla Model 3 – Kirsten Korosec Mar 25, 2017

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk News Conference

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for short bursts of activity on Twitter, oftentimes answering fans and reporters questions on the social media platform.

On Friday, as Musk was on a flight to Cape Canaveral—presumably to attend to business related to SpaceX, the aerospace company he also runs—the billionaire entrepreneur shared a number of new details about the Model 3, a video, and even the solar roof tiles Tesla plans to sell.

Here’s what we learned:

First the basics, Musk wanted to clarify that Model 3 is not simply a next version of a Tesla.=

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Tesla is finally addressing its single biggest problem as a company – Danielle Muoio November 2016


Lost in the madness of the presidential election was a big move by Tesla to address a problem that has plagued the company for years: production delays.

It’s been said before and it will be said again: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a much-needed visionary when it comes to the automotive space, but his inability to deliver on the production end is a problem.

But Musk is looking to change that by buying a German automated manufacturing company — the terms of which haven’t been disclosed. It’s an encouraging sign of Musk’s intention to finally deliver when it comes to vision and product.

‘Production hell’

Tesla Model XTesla’s Model X.Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

The most notable example of Tesla’s production issues is with the Model X, which suffered delays that pushed back deliveries to the second half of 2016. It’s an issue Musk has acknowledged himself:

“We were in production hell,” he said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call. “We climbed out of hell in June.”

Musk even said he has slept in a sleeping bag in Tesla’s Fremont factory to personally inspect vehicles as they come off the production line. (If a CEO sleeping in his factory to ensure production is going smoothly isn’t a cause for investors to worry, I’m not sure what is.)

A little more on the Fremont factory itself: the factory has the capacity to build 500,000 vehicles a year, but is currently only producing a fraction of that. Tesla is maintaining its full-year guidance of delivering 80,000 to 90,000 vehicles by the end of this year.

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Code Is My Co-pilot – By Will Oremus AUG. 4 2016 2:39 PM

Tesla insists its controversial autopilot software is saving lives. Can it convince the rest of us?

A Tesla Model X Crossover, on display in September in Fremont, California. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A Tesla Model X Crossover, on display in September in Fremont, California.
| Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

On a balmy Tuesday afternoon in late July, 37-year-old attorney Joshua Neally left work early. He climbed into his new Tesla Model X to drive the 45 minutes from law office in Springfield, Missouri, to his house in Branson, Missouri. He was going home to celebrate his daughter’s fourth birthday.

He steered the electric luxury SUV into the gathering rush-hour traffic on Highway 68 and turned on autopilot, a feature unique to Tesla that allows a car to pilot itself—braking, accelerating, steering—for long stretches of freeway driving. It’s a feature that has drawn rebukes from rival companies and sparked investigations by federal regulators after a driver named Joshua Brown was killed in a crash in Florida while using it. Although a Tesla with autopilot is not a true self-driving car, the company’s technology has become a bellwether for Silicon Valley’s ambition to replace human drivers with software.

Neally knew about the Florida crash and the furor that followed. But he had already ordered his Model X after years of waiting and saving, and he was undeterred. When it arrived, he nicknamed it Ender, after the protagonist in the novel Ender’s Game. By July 26, after a week of driving the Model X, he had grown to cautiously trust it to handle the bulk of his hilly, curvy, sometimes traffic-y commute. “I’m not a daredevil,” he told me. “I promised my wife I’d always be paying attention.” He doesn’t drive hands-free, or play Jenga, or nod off, or watch Harry Pottermovies, as Brown may have been doing when he plowed into the trailer of a semi truck. He admits, however, that he sometimes checks email or sends text messages on his phone.

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Tesla Offers to Acquire SolarCity – By MIKE RAMSEY Updated June 21, 2016 5:53 p.m. ET

Elon Musk is chairman, largest shareholder of both companies

Elon Musk


Elon Musk proposed combining his electric-car and solar-energy companies, in a bold effort to consolidate his holdings and offer widespread clean-energy products from vehicles to power in homes.

Tesla Motors Inc., Mr. Musk’s Palo Alto, Calif., electric-car company, on Tuesday offered to acquire SolarCity Corp. in a stock deal valuing it at up to $2.8 billion. Mr. Musk is the chairman and largest shareholder of both companies.

Tesla in a letter to SolarCity’s chief executive said its offer represented a value of $26.50 to $28.50 a share, or a premium of roughly 21% to 30% over SolarCity’s Tuesday closing price of $21.19.

Mr. Musk, who has garnered attention for unusual financial maneuvers to support his companies, recused himself from voting on the deal at the Tesla board meeting at which it was approved and will do so for any vote on the SolarCity board as well, the letter said. Antonio Gracias, a director on the boards of both companies, also recused himself, the letter said.

Tesla said the deal is subject to approval of “a majority of disinterested stockholders” of both companies, suggesting Mr. Musk will also recuse himself from the shareholder voting.

SolarCity shares surged 24% in after hours trading, while Tesla shares fell 6.7%.

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