It finally happened, after a whole year of hype, the final version of the Tesla Model 3 was shown to the public and their specs released, it is not a home run like the Tesla Model S was in 2012, back then it was a car light-years ahead of the competition, but on the other hand, the Model 3 doesn't seem like a screw up, like the initial Model X.
Tesla Model 3 specs:
Price – $35,000
425 480-ish Liters
Personally, i think it is the best EV for the money right now, but because the distance between it and the competition is not as big as expected (Especially in standard battery spec), it will all depend on each buyer tastes and needs.
Coincidentally, this June plug-ins reached 1% share of the global automotive market, so one can say that the first round of the game is won, innovators, tree-huggers, tekkies and new tech-addicts have jumped into the PEV wagon, thanks to the Tesla Roadster and Model S, Nissan Leaf I, Chevrolet Volt I & II, among others.
Kicking off the round two of the game, which is to win the more progressive part of the mainstream buyers and reach two digits share, were the Chevrolet Bolt and Toyota Prius Prime landing last December, with the yesterday launch of the Tesla Model 3 being the Second chapter for this story, and the upcoming Leaf II the Third, these last three models are all set to present previously unseen sales levels for PEVs next year (All above 100k), so with the help of the Chinese market, we could see exponential growth in 2018 happening every month, hopefully for the next few years.
In the next days there will antagonistic comments (Think Shaquille O'Neal vs Charles Barkley) bickering over what happened, with Tesla Haters and Fanbois sharing their biased views on the car, on September 6, when the Leaf II is revealed, the same story will happen all over again, with Leaf haters and fanbois in heated discussions over the car, when in reality we should all salute new entries into the market, even if they are crap (*Cough* Mini Countryman PHEV *Cough*), because this should be a collective effort into promoting transport electrification.
Then again, it's 2017, "Us vs Them" Era, who am i kidding? Reason and rationality are now largely underrated, let the hate games begin!