The Tesla Model 3 - Why You Need To Own One
The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla's cheapest vehicle, along with being the best at handling. It offers a very good combination of range, performance, and cost. Let's go over why the Tesla Model 3 is one vehicle you will want to own.
The Tesla Model 3 comes in three variations: RWD (Read-Wheel Drive), Dual Motor (AWD) All-Wheel Drive Long Range and Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Performance. Each of these models offers more and more and gets progressively more expensive.
For instance, the RWD version of the Tesla Model 3 costs $46,990 as a base price, the AWD Long Range version costs $55,990, and the AWS Performance version costs $62,990. Unfortunately, the latter two are probably going to be out of reach for most working Americans, however, the RWD Tesla Model 3 is affordable for many, I believe, and the best deal for your dollars.
The RWD Tesla Model 3 uses LFP batteries. This is a different battery chemistry than the other versions of the Tesla Model 3 and offers several advantages: longer battery life, the ability to charge to 100%, and a slower degrade of charge loss. In addition to that, iron is an abundant mineral on the earth.
The RWD Tesla Model 3 can go 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds, has a top speed of 140 mph, a range of around 272 miles, and a RWD drivetrain.
What About Long Range and Performance?
The Long Range Tesla Model 3 is also another great deal for your dollar, however, the first thing to note is that this version of the Tesla Model 3 is not using LFP batteries. It uses a nickel based solution for better range and performance. However, you won't want to charge to 100% very often as this will have more of a negative affect on the battery.
Still, even when charging to 80%, you'll get close to 300 miles per charge on the long range version of the Tesla Model 3, which isn't too bad. It has a 0-60 mph of 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 145 mph, a range of anywhere between 334-358 miles, depending on the tires you choose, and a dual motor AWD drivetrain. You can get one for a base price of $55,990.
The performance Tesla Model 3 is a very fast and zippy vehicle. It also boasts the highest price tag at $62,990. It has the same nickel based solution for a battery, so you won't want to charge to 100% in most cases.
It has a 0-60 mph in about 3.1 seconds, a top speed of 162 mph, a range of around 315 miles, and a dual motor AWD drive train. There are many YouTube videos of the Tesla Performance Model 3 doing a very rapid take off from a stationary position. It may not be as fast as a Tesla Model S Plaid, but it's still a VERY fast car.
What do you think about the Tesla Model 3? Is it a car everyone should own?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.