How Far Can a Tesla Model 3 REALLY Go?
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// Tesla Model 3 (wikipedia)
The Tesla Model 3 is a mid-size (US) / compact executive (EU) luxury all-electric four-door sedan manufactured and sold by Tesla, Inc. Following crash testing it received five-stars in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to Tesla officials, the Model 3 Standard version delivers an EPA-rated all-electric range of 220 miles (354 km) and the Long-range version delivers 310 miles (499 km). The Model 3 has a minimalist dashboard with only a center-mounted LCD touchscreen. Tesla stated that the Model 3 carries full self-driving hardware to be optionally enabled at a future date.
Within a week of unveiling the Model 3 in 2016, Tesla revealed they had taken 325,000 reservations for the car. These reservations represented potential sales of over US$14 billion. By August 2017, there were 455,000 net reservations. Limited production of the Model 3 began in mid-2017, with the first production vehicle rolling off the assembly line on July 7, 2017, with the official launch and delivery of the first 30 cars on July 28. On July 1, 2018, it was announced that Tesla had met its production goal of 5,000 cars in a week.
Total deliveries passed the 100,000 unit milestone in October 2018, and cumulative sales since inception totaled 147,610 units through December 2018. The Model 3 was the top-selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. in 2018 with an estimated all-time record of almost 140,000 units delivered, after being the top-selling plug-in car in the country for 12 months in-a-row since January 2018.
The base Model 3 has a 50-kWh battery with a range of about 220 mi (350 km) and the optional 75-kWh battery has a range of about 310 mi (500 km).Chinese version release by Tesla website has a longer range up to 595 km (370 mi). The battery uses 2170-size lithium-ion cells which have up to 30% higher energy density than the 18650-size cells used in previous Tesla vehicles.
The Model 3 battery pack is made of four longitudinal modules each containing the individual battery cells. The Standard version carries 2,976 cells arranged in groups of 31. The Long-range version carries 4,416 cells arranged in groups of 46.
The inverter for the Model 3 drive unit uses 24 pairs of Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET chips rated for 650 volts each.
In July 2018, media reported that a Model 3 prototype was seen in California and Nevada while towing a trailer in an apparent evaluation of a tow bar.
The Model 3 uses regenerative braking, which was improved in October 2018 using a software update.