Elon Musk Tweetstorm: 3 is not the "next version" of Tesla

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Just because he said it was a smaller more affordable version of the Model S doesn't mean it has the same parts in it.

Model 3 was designed from scratch using the KNOWLEDGE they gained from making Model S along with cost reductions by simplifying the whole car and going to big economies of scale. It's still going to be a Tesla with the same kind of driving DNA, just cheaper.

A BMW 3 series is not exactly a 7 Series but it still drives great, has nice features etc... Just less of them.
 

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Elon is on a Twitter bender this morning about Model 3



75kWh battery pack confirmed (most likely the optional upgrade)


More range than the Chevy Bolt

 
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Well, THAT didn't take long!

The internet is blowing up right now. People are saying definitely no HUD. Now Elon confirms no dual motor for 6-9 months. Personally, I am feeling pretty good about being later in line for my car and on the east coast. It will be interesting what they offer down the road a bit.

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A lot of what my source told me seems to be true. I was told initial cars will be simpler configs so they can ramp up as fast as possible to work out the production bugs and introduce more optioned cars later.

I know this is contrary to what Elon said in the past during a financial call but I'm sure they decided to change their usual tactic given the backlog and desires to get things going ASAP.
 

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Totally unfair when Elon has the first sighting of a release candidate in the wild! ;)

Dan

I guess I have to send him the cat picture then :)

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These tweets (along with the discontinuation of the 60/60D) may have given me the final push to pull the trigger on an S now, rather than wait for the 3. I want all the tech-y bells and whistles - sounds like the 3 will have less. I want dual motor, but don't want to wait until next year - my 2011 LEAF battery might be to degraded to make it to work and back by then ;) .

Might my reaction be what they're hoping for? I see a lot of newer 60's out there - not a lot of 75's. I don't buy the explanation for cutting out the 60 option. I mean, c'mon, $6500 for another 30 miles of range?
 

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Sure to put some people off but the first huge chunk will go to employees anyway. I'm more excited they're sticking to making it a simpler car so they can make a lot of them and get the show on the road.
 

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This change in strategy from providing a more "basic" 3 vs "dual-motor" performance Ludicrous 3s is a way to fine tune the differences between the 3 and S lines as well.

Those that crave speed will have to pony up for the more expensive S and those that are really looking for affordability can get their cars delivered and be more likely eligible for the $7,500 US Federal rebate (while it still exists for Tesla customers.)

It's a good sign of Tesla learning from pissing off their top spenders by continually releasing better and better top of the line cars.

I remember the "bit%&*ng and moaning" when the P85+ was released soon after folks bought P85s... (and the rest of the following top-end Teslas...)
 

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and likely a great PR move to prove they are indeed selling a $35k car right out of the chute
 

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...those that are really looking for affordability can get their cars delivered and be more likely eligible for the $7,500 US Federal rebate (while it still exists for Tesla customers.)
Yeah, this is what I'm thinking. I think I'd prefer to qualify for the rebate. I thought I was going to have to buy the top-end model in order to do so. If I can do so by purchasing a less-expensive version of the car, I'll consider that a bonus.