The Tesla Model 3 comes in many different flavors: Performance, All-Wheel Drive, and Standard or Long Range. Safety is the most important part of the overall Model 3 design, but its interiors are equally amazing. You can use your smartphone as a key, and access all driver controls in the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness from every seat. Learn more about Tesla Model 3 and check out Model 3 Order and Delivery FAQ here.
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Past Tesletter articles
Last Thursday (Feb 28th) Tesla introduced their highly expected $35k Model 3! The Standard Range Model 3 has 220 miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph, and 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.6. At the same time, they introduced the Standard Range Plus, revisited a bunch of prices and announced that Tesla would be closing most of their retail stores soon and selling exclusively online.
While we understand that selling exclusively online lets Tesla reduce the price of their cars by 6%, we probably wouldn’t own a Model S if it wasn’t because we did a test drive at the Tesla store in Walnut Creek.
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #49
All the test numbers on the latest Dual Motor Model 3.
Read more: MotortrendFrom issue #25
«We pile into the compact confines of the Model 3, which looks the same as any other, except for having a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque. That sort of power should put its performance on par with a BMW M3 super sedan.»
Read more: MotortrendFrom issue #18
No WiFi for Model 3 yet, though :-/
Read more: RedditFrom issue #7
The latest software update brings these long-waited features to the M3 in addition to speed limit mode and TACC on-ramp off-ramp released for MX and MS as well.
Read more about 2018.24.1From issue #14
Read more: GitHubFrom issue #16
The Tesla Model 3 frunk releases on its own (with the push of a button on the touch screen or mobile app), but it doesn’t pop open. i1Tesla figured out that you can order inexpensive gas spring struts on Amazon that will make the frunk lift on its own.#25
Lots of Tesla owners try to make their vehicle unique, Jaimee Newberry has customized her Model 3 to resemble the iconic car from Death Proof.
BTW, if you have a creative child you probably want to check out Jaimme’s project https://picturethisclothing.com/
Read more: EvannexFrom issue #73
One of the main problems on EV adoption is the lack of awareness and its misconceptions. This is why Brenden Mulligan - long time Tesletter subscriber - has created this fantastic article to respond to the FAQ for perspective M3 buyers. Good job Brenden!
Read more: MediumFrom issue #59
Kenneth Moore reported on Twitter that his M3 paused the music when an ambulance approached them and resumed it when it was out of ear shot. This is the first time that we’ve heard about something like this. Have you seen it happen before?
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #55
The Model 3 comes with a battery that turns on when the temperature of the battery pack goes below a certain threshold (about +5°C/41F in u/Wugz observations), but only when your car is charging or preheating. Prior to 2019.8.3, the measured amount of power used by the heater was ~2.5 kW, but on 2019.8.3 u/Wugz observed an increment up to 6 kW. According to his calculations, that decreases the amount of time to wait before charging by as much as 60%. Thanks for sharing this u/Wugz!
Read more: RedditFrom issue #53
A Writer and a Software Engineer buy a Tesla Model 3…now there’s a User’s Guide! This is a fun and easy read for Model 3 owners and anyone thinking of getting a Tesla. I like that it covers the most common questions about owning/driving a Tesla but also discusses real-life examples.
See more: AmazonFrom issue #87
Full review including images. Thank you SoFlaModel3 for sharing.#13
In case this happens to you here is an easy fix.#69
I have no idea if it even makes sense, but at least is good to know that Model 3s are admissible for import in Canada without modifications, as well as original roadsters from VIN #501 through #1420. Model S and Model X - for what I understand - require some modifications.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #75
A judge in Ontario has sided with Tesla and agreed that the government was discriminating against the company when it excluded Tesla from the phase-out period of the removal of the province’s EV incentives. (…) Now, if Tesla delivers their cars by September 10, it looks like they should be able to take advantage of the $14,000 EV incentive like buyers of any other EVs in the province.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #24
There are a few wireless phone chargers for the Model 3 already in the market but doing it yourself is always cool. Great job reflexiveblue documenting the process!
Read more: imgur GalleryFrom issue #20
In the rare event you haven’t heard yet, Tesla finally released the specs and opened the orders for the long-awaited Model 3 dual motor all-wheel-drive and performance versions.
Dual Motor AWD
- Range: 310 miles
- 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 4.5 seconds
- Top speed: 140 mph
- Price: $5,000 for AWD option
- Range: 310 miles
- 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 3.5 seconds
- Top speed: 155 mph
- Price: $78,000 (without autopilot)
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #9
The consensus seems to be that the audio is a little front-heavy - so people faded it halfway to the back, boosted bass and treble slightly. dirtyfries also suggests to turn immersive to high since it enables the A-pillar speakers.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #3
Model 3 version 8.2 will allow Tesla owners to report bugs via voice, select a song from the Tesla app, and receive blind spot notifications, according to Elon Musk’s tweet.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #10
The dash cam feature includes one camera and no sound but the quality of the image in the video is pretty good. Some people say it’s using the narrow camera to compensate for the lack of definition on the other cameras. The narrow camera has better quality but it lacks some wider angle. Judge it yourself.#27
Tesla made a change in their Model 3 offering this past week. They stopped selling the Long Range RWD Model 3 and started selling a Mid Range RWD instead (leaving the AWD as their only Long Range option). With this change, the cheapest of the Model 3s starts at $46K. If you take into consideration that if you order now you most likely would qualify for the full $7,500K federal tax incentive, this leaves the car at $39K + taxes which isn’t much more than the future cheaper $35K M3 version. And it gives you ~40 more miles of range :)
If you were interested in the Long Range RWD but were holding off, it seems like it’s still available off-menu for a couple more days, you could go to a Tesla store and get it!
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #30
thekalki reports getting delivery of a Model 3 despite being a non-owner.
Read more: Reddit.comFrom issue #1
New Model 3s are now being delivered with a speaker for pedestrian warning sounds. Here is the sound that it makes when driving at less than 18.6 mph (30 km/h).
Trevor, from Tesla Owners Online, and Ian Pavelko, took a Model 3 into track. Spoiler: the Model 3 Performance peaked at 163mph or 262kmh.#74
The famous artsci is back, this time lighting up the back of his Model 3 as he previously did with his Model S. You can find the WIP here.#48
wk057 published an internal doc on the M3 battery that reveals that there is only two batteries, one with 50kWh and another with 75kWh. Honestly, this seems kind of surprising given the range they can squeeze from them.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #56
u/ChemtrailDreams has published a spreadsheet comparing the time spent (or saved) driving a certain distance by the different versions of the Model 3. There is a bunch of interesting data there, for example, this Seattle - San Francisco (815 miles) trip:
- SR 16:23:00
- MR: 15:26:00
- LR (with Aero): 14:57:00
So the difference between the Standard Range and the Long Range in a 815 miles road trip is 1 hour and 26 minutes. Worth the $18k difference (the LR being more expensive Model 3)? Well, that honestly depends on you and the options that you would add to the SR plus factoring in the tax incentive. In any case, it’s worth looking at these numbers and thinking about it when purchasing a Model 3.
See more: Google SpreadsheetFrom issue #32
We should be really close to the first deliveries of the ‘Made in China’ Model 3. Actually, this week we’ve seen pictures of freight carriers loaded with Model 3s in China.
Read more: TesmanianFrom issue #89
You can purchase a key fob for your Model 3 for $150. Accoding to a few early reports the key fob doesn’t support summon or passive entry, it is unclear if it is because the car lacks the necessary components or if this will be something that they’ll activate via software later on. If these features are important to you, you probably are better off waiting.
Here is a video of the unboxing, paring, and demo of the Tesla Model 3 key fob.
See more: Tesla ShopFrom issue #33
TeslaJoy - I’m proud to say she is a subscriber to this newsletter, hi Joy! - has published a fantastic video about her first year of owning a Model 3 and what that her maintenance costs have been.
A source told Electrek that Tesla updated the Model 3 wiring diagrams in its internal service documentation on January 9th to include the new Autopilot 3.0 computer as the new standard ECU in Model 3.
An interesting new piece of information is that in the diagram we can see how the chip has connectors for a second radar although current models only have mounted a forward facing radar.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #43
Here’s a summary of last Tuesday’s Tesla Shareholder Meeting with the things we got most excited about:
- Tesla planning on opening their own body shops. First 10 to open by the end of June 2018!
- Model Y planned for first half of 2020 (with maybe no steering wheel? :O) M3 test drives at some Tesla showroom locations by the end of June 2018. All stores in North America will have - M3s by the end of July 2018.
- New Gigafactory in Shangai, the first outside the US
Read more: TMCFrom issue #11
A few weeks ago we talked about Electrek confirming the key fob for the M3. Well, now they’re reporting that a small number of users are getting them. Some people have reported problems using their phone as a key with several Android devices, and although Tesla has been taking care of these problems, the key fobs may be the so much needed solution.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #30
Tesla Model 3 shows 60-0 mph braking weakness in CR tests, Elon Musk responds: «Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.»
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #9
At least this is what memetz from TMC was told when decided to contact support to ask for the option. According to the support agent who replied to memetz’s message, «Once logged in you will be able to view pricing and availability for the upgrade once it becomes available. There will also be a communication of its availability once available.»
Read more: TMC ForumsFrom issue #84
Mother Frunker - yeah you read that correctly 🤣- has developed a web app with several useful apps and shortcuts right there on his Model 3. It all started as a way for him to quickly access Reddit while charging, and as he started adding more functionality, he decided to release it so we all can use it. Take a look at the video and check the app by visiting https://motherfrunker.ca/app from the browser in your car.#61
Brenden Mulligan has put together and shared with us this great guide for Model 3 owners. «You’ve just taken delivery of your brand new Tesla Model 3. You already know it’s the best car you’ve ever owned. But you can’t figure out how the hell to make it do all the cool stuff you’ve heard about. That’s what this post is for.»
And thanks for the shoutout to our Tesletter :-D
Read more: MediumFrom issue #16
Thank you lexiheft for posting on Youtube so we could share it on the Tesletter!#11
The Model 3 has already surpassed the Audi A4 in sales.
U.S. Sales, 2018 Q1
- Audi A4 (includes S4): 7,906
- BMW 3-series (sedan, wagon, GT, M3): 13,651
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class (sedan, coupe, convertible, AMG Cxx): 13,350
- Tesla Model 3: 8,180
If Tesla achieves their production goal for Q2 they would be at the top of the list.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #2