Thirty Tesla Model 3 customers will receive their deliveries on Friday. Tesla Model 3 is priced at $35,000 about Rs 22.45 lakh for the base variant in the US market. In the context of India, The Model 3 is the cheapest model in the company lineup that consists of the Model S, Model X SUV and the Model 3. The company commenced the bookings for the Model 3 at $1,000 in March 2016 and within a month; it claims to have received around 373,000 bookings. The new Model 3 is five-seater sedan positioned below the Tesla Model S in the line-up. All variants of the Model 3 features high-speed charging of about 20 to 30 minutes to give a driving range of about 346 km on a single full charge. It takes about 6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph mark.
Besides this, the top variants of the Model 3 also have an Autopilot hardware that gets eight cameras, a radar unit, 360-degree ultrasonic sensors to offer self-driving experience. This helps the car to steer within its lane and change lanes with a touch of the turn signal. The cabin of the car gets a 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can manage and control speed, navigation, etc.
Elon Musk gears up to handover Tesla Model 3 (Courtesy: Instagram)
Elon Musk had earlier said that Tesla aims to produce 5 lakh vehicles next year at Tesla's Fremont factory. The Model 3 will also get many customisation options. Musk had also announced pre-booking of the car for the Indian market hinting that this might be the first Tesla car to come to India but the company is still in talks with the Government to get clarity around manufacturing and importing electric vehicles in India.
However, we do expect Tesla to make an India debut by 2020. The government has clearly said that it will not allow car companies to sell completely built units of electric vehicles in India and car makers will have to locally manufacture them. However, with frequent policy changes and government’s vision to electrify Indian vehicles by 2030, it might allow companies to bring in CBUs for testing purpose before the companies start investing in manufacturing them locally. Automakers will also be looking up to the policy makers to provide them with proper incentives to setup charging infrastructures across the country.