If you love Facebook you likely will love a $35,000 Tesla too. My problem with self driving (or partly self driving cars all electric) is it is only a matter of time before people start hacking these things and put them in reverse or something at 100 mph or even 70 mph while tooling down a freeway. It might be pretty impressive if someone like North Korea or ISIS hacks 1000 of these and puts them in reverse while driving down the freeway simultaneously. And is this possible? I don't know but the point is there are no computers online that cannot be hacked remotely worldwide at present just like there are no safes that cannot be cracked either.
So, give me a car without the ability to be hacked any day whatever it is.
However, if you ONLY care about never buying gas again and lowering the price of Gas and Diesel worldwide then I guess go for it!
And at $35,000 how long will it be before the gas you save pays for your car. This is a realistic way to look at it. For example, At $3 a gallon it only will take 11,667 (approximately gallons of gas) that you save to pay for your car completely. Since your present cost per gallon might be Zero per electric fill up this is an important thing to consider. In other words if you drive your $35,000 Tesla far enough it actually completely pays for itself. (given all free electric fill ups)(if they stay available. Also, if you install solar panels on your roof (outside of the cost of the solar panels) you could fill your car up for free as long as you fill up with electricity at home.
In other words if your cost per gallon of gas stays ZERO how long will that be before your car is paid for with what you are saving in gas?
Another important thing in California: "Over 10% of all new cars bought in California every day are either hybrids or all electrics which continues to reduce the price of gasoline all over America and indirectly all over the world."
The price of gasoline depends entirely on demand. And as the demand reduces from hybrids and all electrics you allow gas driven cars to be affordable to drive worldwide (and diesels too). So, you are reducing carbon output and allowing others to afford to be able to drive their vehicles worldwide too.
NOTE: However, be sure to do research before you buy one of these to make sure there are either Tesla Recharge stations nearby you (or between you and work) or in your home in your garage or something. Otherwise, having one of these might be more inconvenient than worth your while. So, do enough research about the Tesla 3 and recharging stations or putting in your own in your garage before you buy or lease one.
My cousin has a Tesla 2 which I have ridden in and driven. He has a charge station in his garage where it automatically fills up while downloading the lastest software needed as patches (sort of like Microsoft or Apple patches to keep your computer safe). When I drove it it reminded me of driving my Macbook pro laptop (or it driving me) down the road. It was not like driving a normal car at all. So, don't expect it to be like driving a gasoline car at all because that is not the experience. For me, the biggest physical difference is you NEVER COAST. So, you are either accelerating or maintaining with the throttle (dimmer type of floor switch) or you are braking. There is NO COASTING At all. And when you are braking you are generating electricity while you are braking the car.
So, because this it is an entirely different experience on almost every level than driving a gasoline driven non-hybrid car or truck. Then you can also push a button (on a TESLA 2) and it will drive itself above a certain speed by keeping it within the white lines of a road and keeping it back a certain distance at a certain speed you are traveling. However, it is recommended that you have your hands ready at the wheel and control buttons when you do this. So, Though it is a little like cruise control it is adding steering the car and braking for you above a certain speed.But, below that minimum speed it doesn't work. So then you have to manually drive it.
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Tesla handed over the keys (or, in this case, keycards) to the first 30 Model 3 owners at the automaker's manufacturing plant in Fremont, California Friday night.
The jubilant event marked the culmination of a long journey to deliver an affordable electric car. With its first three vehicles — the Roadster, Model S and Model X — Tesla () made electric cars cool. But with prices approaching and exceeding $100,000, few could afford them.
Now with the Model 3, which starts at $35,000, Tesla is releasing a vehicle that could truly move the needle on electric car adoption. The sedan is a critical step in CEO Elon Musk's vision of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy."This is a great day for Tesla," Musk told reporters Friday. "It was never our goal just to make expensive cars. We wanted to make cars everyone could buy."
Musk said Friday that the net reservation number for Model 3s is over half a million. If all those reservations turn into actual orders, the Model 3 appears set to be among the best-selling vehicles in the United States.
Tesla's popularity with consumers has forced the rest of the auto industry to promise their own electric vehicles. Tesla's challenge isn't finding customers — but rather if it can serve them fast enough. A customer pre-ordering a Model 3 today would have to wait until late 2018 to receive the car.
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Musk described to reporters Friday how the company went through "production hell" to deliver its first three models. The Model 3 was designed to be minimalist so that Tesla can produce more cars faster.
The Model 3 has far fewer bells and whistles than previous Teslas. The door handles are manual, the body is half steel rather than all aluminum, and there's only one screen on the dashboard, mounted at the center, so there's no instrument cluster in front of the driver.
The standard Model 3 has a battery range of 220 miles and gets from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Customers can pay for added features, including a larger battery, fancier wheels, metallic paint and autonomous driving features. There's a four-year 50,000 mile limited warranty for the vehicle. The battery's warranty is eight years and 100,000 miles.
Despite the slimmed-down feature set, the Model 3 still has Tesla's distinct stylings.
"Everything we do at Tesla has to be beautiful," Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen told reporters. "And the beauty is only great if it's functional." He singled out the Model 3's glass roof, which was designed to make the car feel more spacious.
One of the open questions around the Model 3 is its self-driving capabilities. Tesla has been a market leader with partial self-driving features, such as lane keeping and automated lane changes. Tesla says the Model 3 ships with the hardware necessary for full self-driving capability. As its self-driving software improves, the company will issue updates. Eventually, Tesla expects the car will drive itself.
But Tesla's self-driving team has had several key departures in the last year, and faces intense competition from major tech companies, automakers and startups.
The Model 3 may take its place alongside Henry Ford's Model T and Steve Jobs's iPhone as transcendent pieces of technology that ushered in new eras. Or it could be surpassed, and remembered instead as the catalyst for a new market that competitors ultimately won.