Tesla’s latest electric car: Model 3 has generated unprecedented excitement all over the world, as its the cheapest Tesla car priced at $35,000 (which is apprx. Rs 23 lakh). Although it’s still expensive compared with an Indian sedan, but the excitement and buzz around the car has excited automobile enthusiasts from India.
Model 3: The Ultimate Electric Car?
Originally code-named Tesla Bluestar, Model 3 has a range of 320 kms (once charged, it will run for 320 kms); and it can reach a speed of 60 miles/hour within 6 seconds. Just like earlier Tesla cars: Model S and X, Model 3 is a rear wheel drive and incorporates speical features from Tesla like a central touch hub which can be fitted in the middle of the dashboard.
As per Tesla’s design chief Franz von Holzhausen, the Model 3 will “be an Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class type of vehicle that will offer everything: range, affordability, and performance with a starting price of US$30,000”
Bookings are already open on Teslamotors.com, and production would begin from 2017. Some reports are claiming that a smaller first batch would be delivered by end of 2017; and as per Elon’s earlier Tweets, full-fledged production of Model 3 would begin from 2020.
But Tesla’s Electric Vehicles in India Will Work?
Now, Tesla has installed super-chargers all over US, wherein any Tesla customer can charge their cars and continue their journey. In India, there is no such facility.
Besides, the import tax on this car will make it more expensive.
But overall, the future of electric cars in India is bright, as Govt. has made plans to have 100% electric cars in India by 2030. The process had started last year, when Govt. announced an incentive of Rs 1.38 lakh for every electric car, besides announcing plans to have 7 million electric cars on Indian roads by 2020.
In 2014, Mahindra, which acquired India’s first and only electric car manufacturer Reva, has launched Reva Formula E, which was hailed as India’s first electric sports car.
Both Tata and Maruti have shown intense interest in this niche and in future, we hope, that they become stiff competitor of Elon Musk’s Tesla cars.