The Model 3 is Tesla's most affordable vehicle offered, at $35,000 before incentives. The base Model 3 will travel at least 215 miles per charge and accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in under 6 seconds. Tesla has hinted at premium models with higher range and performance. The Model 3 offers seating for five adults and include supercharging and autopilot hardware standard (though Tesla will likely charge a premium for software enablement of these features).
This past week was unprecedented in the history of the automobile. Tesla Motors began accepting orders on the Model 3. In three days, they took some 300,000 reservations for the car, each with a $1,000 deposit. If they all come through, that equates to over $10 billion in sales--in three days.
Back in March I, along with a throng of EV owners watched in disbelief as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, spurred on by lobbying from the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJCAR), voted to deny an extension to Tesla Motors that would have allowed them to continue selling their vehicles in NJ from their two stores.
Last month, March 11th, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) voted to enforce an age old ruling that prohibited car manufacturers from selling cars directly to the consumer. The target of that act was Tesla Motors Inc.
Linda Nicholes, co-founder of Plug In America and long-time advocate for solar energy and plug-in cars, has been on the front lines of the plug-in movement since the beginning. When Tesla announced that they would be selling vehicles to the public, Linda was among the first in line. Her roadster, production number 20, has been featured at numerous plug-in events and has even had a few media cameos. After purchasing one of the first Model S Sedans, Linda has generously offered her Roadster, “Tessie”, to Plug In America to support our work in prom
So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?
I said yes, of course.
Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?
If you live in California, there's no doubt that you've heard about "Carmageddon", the closure of I-405 on the weekend of July 16th. To escape from this traffic nightmare, Plug In America member Renee Swenson organized an "Escape from LA" Tesla Roadster rally.
I recently had the privilege of driving what I secretly fantasized might be the clandestine automotive love child of an illicit tryst that could have occurred in the midnight hours between my 2001 RAV4 EV and 2008 Tesla Roadster whilst parked next to each other in the garage.
The second generation Toyota RAV4 EV is the result of the Toyota and Tesla Motors collaboration. Based on the popular RAV4 compact SUV and powered by a Tesla electric powertrain, the RAV4 EV project adopts a new development model that incorporates Tesla’s streamline, fast and flexible approach with Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing leadership. [Toyota]
Toyota discontinued and stopped production of the RAV4 EV in 2014.