A $35,000 Tesla Model III Is Coming In 2017
Late Tuesday night, Tesla Motors TSLA -0.38% confirmed that a third-generation car called the Model III will be coming in 2017. The car will cost a mere $35,000, according to a report, half the price of the popular Model S. The pricing will position the vehicle to compete with the BMW 3-series.
Tesla’s confirmation came in a Tweet, responding to to an exclusive article by Auto Express EXPR +3.48% magazine, which wrote:
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has exclusively revealed to Auto Express plans for a new electric BMW 3 Series rival, including its name – Tesla Model III. There were rumours that a new smaller Tesla was to be called Model E, but in one of his most candid interviews yet, Musk revealed why he had to have a rethink on the name. “We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car,” Musk told us. “So I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.
Key to the new model, which Musk said should retail for around $35,000 (likely to equate to around £30,000 in the UK), is cheaper battery technology made possible by Tesla’s forthcoming Gigafactory.”
The Model 3 is technically Tesla’s fourth car, scheduled to hit the market after the Model X. The X is a seven passenger ”crossover” vehicle. The vehicle is rumored to have a range of less than 306 miles (the current range of the Model S). Earlier this year, Elon Musk spoke about the vehicle noting that it would be 20 percent smaller than the Model S, with a shorter range. Auto Express posted photos of the new car, which Tesla says are mock-ups based on Auto Express speculation.
The confirmation follows news that Qihoo, a Chinese Internet security company claims to have found a way to hack a Tesla. Forbes contributor Eric Mu, writes “It is not yet clear under what conditions these results were generated, or if they were concocted to the purported tests at all, but if our instinctual assumption is proved true and what we see is what the hack is capable of achieving, then the maker of the famed car should seriously rethink their cyber security measures.”
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