Why Tesla’s fresh Model three electrified car is a vehicle like no other
Tesla’s fresh Model three is more than just a “stripped-down version” of its Model S premium electrical sedan. The fresh launch — the very first vehicle got off the assembly line on July seven — could potentially convert the way the Palo Alto, California-headquartered company has done business so far, given that the Model three is expected to drive a 500% increase in its sales.
There are two things that Tesla has done differently in the run-up to the launch of the $ 35,000 Model Three, the very first “mass market” product from the electrified car company, which signals the entry of the luxury vehicle maker into the mainstream car market.
One, Tesla is working on ramping up service capacity at an unprecedented scale, with a target of tripling its global capacity. The steps include improving service time through automating paperwork, using the car’s wireless connections to diagnose problems, and expanding mobile support. About one hundred fresh service centres are being added to its current total of over 150, and 1,400-odd technicians are set to be hired this year, according to a Reuters report that quoted an unnamed company executive. Tesla did not have to do this till now, given the modest sales numbers of the pricier Model S premium sedan and the Model X sports utility vehicle.
Two, the company has determined to capitalise on the request for the Model three among Tesla’s 28,000 employees by strategically releasing the very first few batches of the car to employee reservation holders. This step is in prep for the mass market; the company intends to quickly tackle any glitches identified during the early rollout. The launch of the Model X in two thousand fifteen had been wobbly, hit by production issues including software glitches, misaligned figure panels, and trouble with the falcon wing doors; a massive recall to sort out a niggling seatbelt issue had followed.
Even tho’ Tesla has itself described the Model three as a stripped-down Model S, the lists of the fresh car’s specs and features are pretty formidable. It goes from zero to sixty miles (97 km) per hour in Five.6 seconds, according to a specs sheet Tesla published in May — quicker than most conventional base-level models in the premium car segment, including the BMW three Series and the Mercedes C-class sedans. Tesla claims the Model three can travel at least two hundred fifteen miles (346 km) on a single charge, and buyers have the option to upgrade to a fatter battery that could take the car even further.
The Model 3’s roof is a sheet of UV-protected glass that opens up from the front of the car to almost its boot. The vehicle is tooled with the hardware for Tesla’s autopilot features and high-speed supercharging, alongside the carmaker’s signature touchscreen control panel that treats everything from navigation to speed. Rear wheel drive is standard, and dual motors and all-wheel drive are possible future options.
For Tesla, getting into the mass car market is also significant to justify its credentials as America’s most valued carmaker. More so, because Tesla edged out General Motors Corp in market cap this April — despite GM having sold about ten million cars in two thousand sixteen as compared to Tesla’s 75,000, and GM’s $ nine billion profits last year comprehensively overshadowed Tesla, which has had just two profitable quarters in its entire history as a public company.
Also, the launch of the cheaper model comes against the backdrop of reverses that Tesla has faced in other markets. The Wall Street Journal reported this month that fresh registrations of Tesla cars fell to zero in Hong Kong after authorities slashed a tax break for electrified vehicles in April. Tesla faces the prospect of tax violates being phased out in other markets as well.
Meantime, the company plans to ramp up the production of the Model three in phases — from one hundred cars in August to more than 1,500 by September to 20,000 cars per month by December. Tesla chief Elon Musk has publicly said that he has high hopes from the Model Trio, and expects the rollout to help the company supply five times its current annual sales volume. The very first deliveries are expected on July 28.
ON FEB 7, Elon Musk, asked on Twitter if he planned to launch Tesla in India, replied, “Hoping for summer this year”. On April 1, he tweeted, “Adding several more countries to Model three order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland.”
HOWEVER, on May 22, Musk tweeted: “Maybe I’m misinformed, but I was told that 30% of parts must be locally sourced and the supply doesn’t yet exist in India to support that.”
THE FOLLOWING day, the Make In India treat reacted: “[email protected] With respect to news reports on launch plans of Tesla in India being delayed, please note some key clarifications #MakeInIndia”. It said, “FDI policy of India does not mandate any such minimum sourcing of components by manufacturers”.