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We might finally know the Tesla Model 3’s most important detail

February 8th, 2017 at 5:26 PM
Tesla Model 3 range vs Chevy Bolt

The launch of the Tesla Model 3 is plodding along unlike any other car launch in history. Rather than getting facts and release dates and prices all at one time, Elon Musk has been slowly drip-feeding information, while also collecting serious pre-orders.

But with the first cars set to go into production later this year, it’s about time we got hard details on the cars. One new report from Electrek sheds light on the range, one of the most important details that we don’t yet fully know.

According to Electrek‘s source, the top-end Model 3 will come in an all-wheel-drive model with a 70kWh battery. Based on simple estimation, that should mean a range of around 300 miles on a full charge.

That range is provisional, and only applies for the top-end version of the Model 3. The base $35,000 model, which is expected to be the big seller, will likely have a 50/55kWh battery, with a range of around 240 miles. That puts it right next to the Chevy Bolt, a similar hatchback that sells for a similar price, but without many of Tesla’s much-touted autonomous driving capabilities.

According to an Electrek report from last year, the Model 3’s final unveiling event where we get all the answers should be coming in the next couple months. With production originally set for the latter half of 2017, Musk needs to get a move on if he doesn’t want to be delayed, again.

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