EV Comparison: Tesla Model S Versus Tesla Model 3

Which flavor of Tesla do you prefer: sporty commuter or highway bomber?

It usually doesn’t make sense to compare a full-size luxury sedan with a compact car that sells for about half its price. But the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model 3 are unlike any other stablemates in the automotive universe. The big and brawny Tesla Model S arrived on the scene like a thunderbolt in 2012, obliterating any notion that a battery-electric vehicle had to be small and compromised. The Model S opened the eyes of the most ardent high-octane auto enthusiast to the ways of electrification. And yet, its six-figure price tag was beyond the reach of most consumers.

Enter the Tesla Model 3 in 2017. Tesla’s compact is much more than a baby version of the Model S. It was designed as the ultimate manifestation of the Muskian vision of a beautiful, capable, long-range electric vehicle that’s accessible to all. Whether or not the Model 3 has achieved that lofty goal – or if it soon will – the Tesla commuter is a gorgeous, attainable EV that out-competes similar models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz in nearly every criteria.

If you’re not yet convinced that this comparison makes sense, consider that a brand spanking new Tesla Model 3 granting 260 miles of range on a charge sells for nearly the same price as a certified pre-owned Model S with the same range but a lot more room. Hence we will stack up the Model 3 not only against the 2018 Model S but used versions from the past few years.


How Far Can You Go on Electricity?

The Tesla Model 3’s range is between 220 and 310 miles.

MODEL 3: All Tesla cars come with a choice of battery size. To understand the Model 3’s range, you need to specify the size of the battery pack on the model being considered. For example, Model 3s sold to date use a ~75 kilowatt-hour battery pack to deliver an estimated range of 310 miles on a single charge. In late 2018, Tesla will offer a mid-range, 260-mile variant of the Model 3 – followed by the 220-mile, 50-kWh version in early 2019.

So the Model 3’s distance on a single charge varies between 220 and 310 miles. Let’s use the mid-range 260-mile, $46,000 mid-range model as a benchmark because it’s available to order now and represents a good comparison to many used Model Ss on the market.

MODEL S: If maximum range is your goal, there’s no way to beat the 335 miles provided by a 2018 Model S 100D. But economically, the $99,800 cash purchase price for a new 100D means you’re paying significantly more for each mile of capacity. The better comparison with a mid-range Model 3 is the Model S 75D with its 75-kWh that provides 259 miles of range. The 2018 75D at $80,300 delivers the same amount of range as the mid-range Model 3 that sells for $46,000.

The longest range Model S goes 335 miles on a single charge.

We should emphasize that the number in the Model S name corresponds to the size of the battery pack. Multiply that number of kilowatt-hours of energy storage by 3.5 miles for a quick calculation of real-world range – a Model S with “75” in the name will likely deliver about 260 miles of range.

If we were trying to match the price of a certified pre-owned Model S to a brand new mid-range Model 3, we’d need to go back to a 2016 rear-wheel-drive 70-kWh or 2015 all-wheel-drive Model S 70D.

WINNER: MODEL S
The range battle between Tesla’s compact and full-size models is close. But the Model S offers bigger packs with more range.


Which Car Is More Fun on the Road?

The Model 3 has less horsepower but it’s a small, zippy car.

MODEL 3: The mid-range Model 3 using a single motor on the rear axle delivers 258 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. A sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour happens in 5.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the longer-range dual-motor versions up the ante to 450 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque. The Performance version takes things even further with 0-to-60 mph performance in a supercar-like 3.3 seconds. No matter which version, the Model 3’s acceleration, steering, and handling are on par or exceed most German luxury compacts.

For this comparison with the Model S, consider that the Model 3 is one foot smaller and 800 pounds lighter than its bigger sibling. “I would take a new Model S over a new Model 3 as a main family vehicle,” wrote a three-time Tesla owner on Reddit. “But the smaller size [of the Model 3] makes it feel very zippy around town.” On the same thread, another comment explains, “Do you want a tight street-fighter sports car feel or a large comfortable freeway bomber?”

And a user named vbpatel describes the difference after driving the two cars: “I can honestly say I prefer the 3. The S is very luxurious, but feels a bit dated,” vbpatel writes. “I would take the Model 3D over the used MS 70D.”

Repeat after me: 518 horsepower.

MODEL S: These sentiments on forums belie the reality of the Model S’s 518-horsepower drivetrain. The slowest version of the 2018 model rockets to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Again, that’s the slowest one. The Performance version reaches 60 mph in a mind-boggling 2.5 seconds. The adrenaline rush experienced when stepping into the Model S’s accelerator pedal pushes the boundaries of how much fun can be had in a vehicle big enough to carry five full-size adults with optional rear-facing jump seats for two children in the third row. Edmunds says, “It changes direction like a much lighter machine. It’s a total blast to drive.” Car and Driver opines, “On the road, the Model S is dynamite, with colossal acceleration power, nimble handling, and standard all-wheel drive.”

Each successive year has brought upgrades to the Model S powertrain, battery, software, and safety systems. So the further you go back in time, the worse the build quality may be – with owners reporting more squeaks and rattles. And if you’re considering a certified pre-owned Model S, know that non-performance versions before 2015 granted just 382 horsepower.

WINNER: MODEL 3
Both cars are thrilling to drive. The affordability and toss-ability of the Model 3, and the assurance provided by a new-car warranty and the latest Tesla technology, give the compact model an ever-so-slight advantage.


Charging Times for the Model 3 and Model S

All Tesla vehicles have access to the expansive Tesla Supercharger network.

MODEL 3: The long-range Tesla Model 3’s 48-amp onboard charger provides an 11.5-kilowatt flow of electrons. That adds up to about 40 miles of range per hour when charging via a 240-volt source. To fully recharge the long-range Model 3, you’ll need about eight hours. The 260-mile mid-range version, with its smaller battery, can be recharged in about six hours. When the most affordable 220-mile Model 3 arrives next year, it will be equipped with a 32-amp (or 7.7-kilowatt) onboard charger that still manages a full overnight charge in about seven hours.

No matter which version of the Model 3 you buy, it will have access to Tesla’s nationwide network of 120-kW Superchargers. The Superchargers can add as many as 150 to 170 miles of range in about 30 minutes, turning long-distance EV road trips into a reality. Model 3 drivers don’t have free access to Superchargers, but the cost is modest. The fee slightly varies depending on your location but is usually around $0.25 per kWh. That equates to about $0.07 per mile. For reference, a 50-mpg gas-powered hybrid paying $3 a gallon for gas is about the same cost for fuel. Of course, that cost is only while Supercharging on the highway. Home-based charging is less than half that price on a per-mile basis. And Performance versions of the Model 3 get free Supercharger access for life.

MODEL S: The longest range Model S 100D uses a 17.3-kW onboard charger while plugging in at home. For Model S cars with a whopping 100-kWh battery pack, it’s useful to utilize the 17.3-kW rate, which adds about 50 miles of range per hour of charging. The 2018 Model S 75D, meanwhile, uses the same 11.5-kW onboard charger found in the Model 3.

With a 17.3-kW home charger, the Tesla Model S can add more than 50 miles of range in an hour.

So the recharging rate, the size of the battery pack, and the estimates range are exactly the same for the long-range Model 3 and the Model S 75D. A charge from empty to full takes about six hours. The amperage of chargers in older Model S variants has changed over the years, most commonly providing 11.5-kW service. However, through 2016, Tesla offered the option of a 22-kW dual charger (for about $1,500). It was discontinued partly because the dual charger offered little practical advantage over the current 17.3-kW charger.

Like Model 3 owners, today’s buyers of a new Model S pay a fee to use a Tesla Supercharger. An 80-percent charge of a Model S with a 75-kWh battery pack – enough to go nearly 200 miles – costs about $15. These kinds of top-ups on long-distance road trips are not common. But that doesn’t reduce the benefit and joy of free, lifetime usage of Superchargers granted to those who purchased a Model S (or Model X) before Dec. 31, 2017. The lifetime privilege could transfer to you as the next owner of a used Model S.

WINNER: MODEL S
In many cases, the Model 3 and Model S use an identical charging system. The Model S gets the win because owners of pre-2018 used Model Ss continue to benefit from free Supercharging.


Comparing Dashboards and Cargo Space

How will cars look in the future? That’s how the Model 3 feels today.

MODEL 3: The Tesla Model 3 is a compact commuter with a trunk, compared to the Model S, which is a luxury family sedan with a hatchback. The Model 3 is one foot shorter and four inches narrow than its bigger sibling. The two vehicles are, however, the same height. While the Model 3 strictly seats five passengers, its leg- and head-room are nearly identical to the Model S. It’s surprising to learn that the 3’s official spec for passenger volume is 97 cubic feet, three more cubes than what you get with the Model S.

Where the two vehicles dramatically depart is their interior design. While the Model S provides a traditional instrumental cluster behind the steering wheel and a larger 17-inch touchscreen for auxiliary functions, the Model 3 removes nearly every physical control and gauge from its dashboard. Its center-mounted 15-inch, horizontally oriented touch screen handles almost all of the car’s functions. It’s this minimalistic, high-tech design that gives the Model 3 its futuristic vibe, making the Model S feel much more like a traditional automobile.

The Model S comfortably seats three adults in the second row.

MODEL S: There’s no doubt that the Model S is more spacious than the Model 3. It offers about a foot more shoulder and hip space, key metrics for side-by-side comfort in the front and back seats. The S can also expand to a seven-seater with the optional two rear-facing jump seats suitable to children. More dramatically, the hatchback Model S’s power liftgate and frunk provide 30 cubic feet of cargo space – twice the space of what the Model 3 provides. If you like to haul around a lot of gear, the Model S is a better choice. With the Model S’s 60/40 folding rear seat put down, the hatch’s cargo capacity rises to 58.1 cubic feet – more than many SUVs provide.

WINNER: MODEL S
In the battle of the tape measure, the larger Model S comes out ahead. Also, the friendlier dashboard is preferred by many (although not all) drivers.


The Price for Model 3 Versus Model S

The Model 3 can be had for as little as $46,000 today. And for close to $30,000 in 2019.

MODEL 3: Tesla garnered a lot of buzz when it first announced that the Model 3 will sell for below $30,000 after incentives. However, the most affordable version with a shorter 220-mile range is not expected to go on sale until spring 2019. So far in 2018, the only available Model 3 sells closer to $60,000. That’s the long-range 310-mile version, which has a base sticker price of $49,000 – with the price growing by $10,000 or more based on a $5,000 Premium upgrade, a $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package, and special $1,000 paint colors. Dual motor and performance configurations are even richer, and all Tesla vehicles carry a destination fee of $1,200.

In a stepping stone toward mass affordability, a mid-range, rear-wheel Model 3 with about 259 miles of range can be ordered now with a starting price of $46,000.

In January 2019, federal tax credits for Tesla vehicles will start to diminish because the company has hit the cut-off threshold of 200,000 total EV sales. The credit for all Tesla vehicles, including the Model 3, gets cut in half to $3,750 starting in January 2019, and will be further reduced to $1,875 beginning on July 1. The credit goes completely away by the end of next year.

The argument to buy a 2018 or 2019 Model 3 (regardless of the credit amount) is that you’re buying Tesla’s latest and greatest technology with the best build quality and the quietest cabin ever offered by the company. The counter-argument for the Model 3 is that you’re spending a lot of money for a smaller ride.

The Model S’s starting price is $74,500 but commonly sells for six figures.

MODEL S: The 2018 Tesla Model S 75D, the base model, offers 239 miles of range for a starting price of $74,500. The sticker climbs to $94,000 for the long-range 335-mile 100D. The performance version of the Model S, which reduces the sprint to 60 mph to 2.5 seconds and the range to 315 miles, will set you back $135,000. As with the Model 3, there is a wide selection of options and trim enhancements, such as the Enhanced Autopilot and Premium Upgrade for $5,000 each.

The comparison with the Model 3 gets more interesting when you consider used Model Ss. Pricing parity begins when you stack up a Model 3 with a Model S dating back to 2015 or 2016. Models with fewer than 20,000 miles are commonly offered at prices above $50,000. Then there are added premiums for dual-motor and all-wheel-drive variants.

As of this writing, 2014 models, especially those with extra miles of use and cars with 60-kWh battery packs, drop to the low $40,000s. Most observers say the level of reliability of the Model S greatly improved with the 2015 model so you’re taking more risks with 2014 model-year cars or earlier. In addition, it’s smart to buy a Model S with fewer than 50,000 miles of use, which qualifies for a four-year warranty in Tesla’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program. This warranty covers 50,000 miles of driving after your purchase. If you buy a Model S with more than 50,000 miles on the odometer, then the warranty will only cover two years of driving with a hard stop on the warranty when the odometer reaches 100,000 miles.

For used Teslas, the devil is in the details because the company has continually upgraded and modified features and battery sizes over the years. Pay attention to the model number in the name, which corresponds to the battery size. The letter P designates performance while D denotes all-wheel-drive. Autopilot, meanwhile, arrived in 2014. Another option to consider is the panoramic roof, which some people love and others believe adds glare to the interior. With a private sale, as opposed to a certified pre-owned car, there’s no warranty, and used electric vehicles do not qualify for a tax credit.  

WINNER: MODEL 3
The Model 3 is more affordable. That’s the bottom line.


*Note: Ignore the red font in the table below. We’re experiencing technical issues with TablePress

  Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model S
Driving range 220 – 310 miles 259 – 335 miles
Battery Size 50 – 75 kWh 60 – 100 kWh
Onboard Charger 7.7 – 11.5 kW 11.5 0 – 17.2 kW
Passenger Cargo Space 5-passenger limit and 15 cubic feet 5 to 7 passengers and 30 cubic feet (expandable to 58.1 cu-ft)
Start Price $46,000 (mid-range version) $74,500 (new) or Mid-$40,000 (for some 2015/16 cars)


All things considered, the Tesla Model 3 is the company’s best vehicle so far.

BEST OVERALL: TESLA MODEL 3

Given its lower cost, higher efficiency, spacious passenger volume, and the best build quality ever offered by Tesla, the Model 3 is the better overall vehicle. Of course, the Model S continues to be championed by its well-heeled owners, as well as serious auto enthusiasts with a need for speed. After all, the Model S was arguably the start of the EV revolution. But the more affordable and accessible Model 3, especially when the 220-mile version arrives in 2019, will bring the movement to the masses as promised. If maximum space is a must, then a used Model S could be the way to go – although you will likely be driving a car with some wear and tear. Also, older models are not known for perfect reliability.

BEST FOR COMMUTERS: TESLA MODEL 3

BEST FOR FAMILIES: TESLA MODEL S


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Tuned Tesla Model S P100D Goes Dark

The Dark Knight is back, this time with 21″ Strasse Wheels

For the recent few months, there’s been a steady flow in of rather interesting looking Tesla Model S aftermarket builds. This is mostly due to the vehicle’s popularity, but also, the more acceptable price point of used Model S vehicles. For this particular Model S, going dark is the theme. And we have nothing against it- whatever some may say.

This particular vehicle is a Tesla Model S P100D.  Coming with a well-familiar dual-motor setup, the P100D excels in straight line performance. The vehicle uses a massive 760 horsepower and it affords the owner with the all-too-familiar tire screeching sonata at the tune of 722 lb-ft of torque. The Model S P100D will sprint from 0-70mph (0-100km/h) in just 2.68 seconds, making it one of the fastest street legal, mass-produced vehicles in the world.

The Model S comes with a dual motor setup delivering 760 horsepower, while the same setup in the Volkswagen I.D R Pikes Peak delivers 670 horsepower. Torque wise, the difference is even more pronounced. The Tesla plays the all-too-familiar tire screeching sonata at the tune of 722 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the VW I.D R will utilize “just” 479 lb-ft of torque. However, the VW’s racer weighs a little over a metric tonne (2,204lbs) – less than half the weight of the 2,241kg (4,940lbs) Tesla P100D.

For this Model S, the owner wanted to give his vehicle a more menacing look. This is done due to a completely blacked out exterior, matched with red details such as the Tesla logo in the front and in the rear. Furthermore, the most impacting part of this build are the directional Strasse Wheels. Coming in at a whopping 21×9 at the front and 21×10.5 at the rear, these wheels help fill out those huge wheel arches perfectly. Naturally, the wheels come in Gloss Black, perfectly revealing the bloodshot red brake calipers behind them.

You can view the full build gallery of this Model S P100D right below.

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Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan One Year Since Introduction Of 2nd Gen

The second-generation Nissan LEAF has been on sale for a full year in Japan.

Year 2018 is a record one for the Nissan LEAF in Japan, as the new LEAF is selling like hot cakes. However, demand seems to have stabilized as in October 1,675 were sold, while the average for the first 10-months of 2018 was over 2,300.

The current result is 54% lower than a year ago, when the 2nd generation LEAF hit the market with 3,629 sales!

Overall, some 23,177 LEAFs were sold so far this year and that’s 82% more than a year ago at this point.

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan – October 2018


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Will Chinese Electric Cars Become Real Competition For Tesla?

ARE CHINA’S ELECTRIC CARS A THREAT TO TESLA?

Electric vehicles are gaining traction in China. Daniel Ren (via South China Morning Post) writes, “While US maker Tesla often grabs the headlines… BYD and peers like Beijing Auto and Roewe are quietly selling enough electric vehicles (EVs) to make China the world’s largest market for both electric and conventional vehicles. In fact, sales of EVs in China reached 770,000 units last year.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla is capturing the attention of Chinese car buyers (Image: Quora)

Peter Chen, a Shanghai-based engineer with TRW says that electric cars remain “a key industry where the government wants to develop its own players to be world leaders.” Beijing wants China’s domestic carmakers to sell an ambitious three million EVs a year by 2025.

“As bold as Beijing’s vision is, however, catching up with the likes of Tesla and achieving the plan’s goals will not be easy,” writes Ren. In China, he contends, “EV makers focus on the low-price market… [and] there are also issues with battery technology that limit the range of domestically made EVs.”

It’s reported that, “Most of China’s indigenous EVs have driving ranges of below 300km (186 miles), compared to Tesla’s 500km (311 miles), because of battery limitations. Chinese-made batteries are relatively heavier and bigger than those of their foreign rivals because of the less sophisticated design of their cells. To make them lighter, Chinese makers have to cut the number of cells, thus reducing a car’s range.”

Above: The US, EU, and Japan have a high density of EV charging stations, while China’s infrastructure is spread out (Source: South China Morning Post)*

“Chinese EVs are still several years behind the global leaders in terms of technologies,” says Cao Hua, a partner with private equity group United Asset Management. “The limited driving range and the lack of [public] charging stations are still the major stumbling blocks to the rise of China’s EV sector.”

To that end, Davis Zhang, a senior executive at energy-solution provider Suzhou ­Hazardtex points out, “an urgent need for more concerted action between the central and local governments and car manufacturers to map out a plan for EV charging.”

In addition, China’s home-grown electric car sector could face competition on their own turf. Tesla recently “signed a deal with Shanghai authorities in July to build its first factory outside the US, with an annual capacity of 500,000 cars. That would double the size of its global manufacturing and help lower the price of Tesla cars sold on the mainland.”

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Above: Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 will in Shanghai (Youtube: South China Morning Post)

And Tesla’s lower-priced Model 3 could turn out to be a hit in China. “The competition will be cutthroat as production volume jumps in the coming years,” explains Nomura’s auto analyst Joseph Wong. “Foreign brands will ratchet up pressure on Chinese home-grown brands as they are able to make better products.”

That said, “Some of the more bullish industry executives predict that one-fifth of vehicle sales on the mainland, or about 6 million units, will be of green cars in 2023.” And many more are betting on EV growth in China. Companies like China’s BYD have backing from American billionaire Warren Buffett.

A sea change could be underway in the automotive sector. China’s tech-saavy youth are becoming disenchanted with fossil fuel powered cars. He Kun, chief executive of DialEV, says that millennials in China “have different views as vehicles become electric and intelligent, and companies need to react quickly to meet their demands… We are in a new internet era and it is time to build new generations of cars.”

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Source: South China Morning Post; *Map displays EV charging stations depicted on Open Street Maps (OSM) as of mid-October 2018

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Formula E Won’t Race In Tax Aggressive India

India is unlikely to host a Formula E race in the near future, series boss Alejandro Agag has warned, citing the “aggressive” nature of tax authorities towards sporting events in the country.

Formula E has been vying an expansion into the lucrative Indian market for the last few years, with Mahindra, one of the founding teams in the series, also pushing to bring the all-electric championship to the sub-continent.

The Mumbai-based manufacturer held a showrun at the Buddh International Circuit in 2016, after which it received a letter of intent from the Delhi government, pledging its support for a race in the Indian capital.

However, no promoter has turned up to bear up the cost of the event since then, and now FE chief Agag says prospective tax issues are the single biggest hurdle in hosting a race in India.

Agag also pointed out how similar problems, among other reasons, played an instrumental role in pushing out Formula 1 from the country three years into their five-year deal.

Jaypee Group hosted three editions of the Indian Grand Prix between 2011 and 2013, but the conglomerate was forced to halt its ambitious showpiece project due to high cost of organising the event – including paying hefty taxes – amid its own financial troubles.

“Our main worry for India is the tax,” Agag told PTI. “We have been doing a lot of research on the race in India. We have seen that Formula 1 faced so many tax issues in India. It is very risky to race in India because of the tax authorities.

“They [tax authorities] are very aggressive at the moment. They want to tax everything. So you don’t know where you stand. I think that is the reason Formula 1 did not continue in India.

“We would like to have complete tax safety and then look at going to India.”

Agag said he considered Bangalore and Mumbai in addition to Delhi as part of series’ objective of hosting races in major city centres only.

“We did explore venues,” he said. “We would really love to race in India and we have three possibilities – Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

“We have seen areas that will be ideal for the street race. We have a great Indian partner in Mahindra and we have a broadcaster [Sony Pictures Networks]. The only thing we need is an assurance from the tax people.”


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Recargo Launches Its First Ultra-Fast Charging Station In California

Recargo builds an ultra-fast charging network in California.

Recargo, the company behind the PlugShare free app and website that allows users to find charging stations, leave reviews, and connect with other plug-in vehicle owners, was earlier this year acquired by innogy eMobility US LLC. innogy is a new name for many, but in fact, it’s a subsidiary of German energy company RWE, established by splitting the renewable, network and retail businesses of RWE into a separate entity.

It seems that under innogy, Recargo is going to have its own fast-charging network. The soft-start of the first station is already underway at the Prunedale Shopping Center, in Prunedale, California (see location here). 22 more stations are to be installed by the end of 2019.

The Recargo charging infrastructure seems to be pretty solid as the first station got six BTC Power fast chargers (each dual head for up to 200 kW CCS Combo and up to 100 kW CHAdeMO). Moreover, there is an energy storage system (with Tesla Powerpacks) on site.

“We’ll be opening our first fast charging center this year (tentatively in October) at the Prunedale Shopping Center, in Prunedale, California. It will feature six ultra-fast 175kW DC fast chargers (upgradeable to 350kW), each with CHAdeMO and CCS connectors. The site will also feature over 500kW of battery storage, to help control peak electricity demand levels.This is the first location in Phase 1 of the Recargo Network build-out. There are 22 additional locations on-track for construction by the end of 2019. Watch the News section of the Recargo website to get updates on the Prunedale Shopping Center charging center, as well as the other 22 Phase 1 network sites.”

You can see the station through in-depth coverage on News Coulomb channel:

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Previous video from construction stage:

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Electrify America Launches Fleet Of EV On-Demand Cars

The first wave of VW e-Golfs for car sharing hit the streets in Sacramento

Envoy Technologies and Electrify America (Volkswagens’ subsidiary), as announced earlier this year, launched a community-based car sharing system with electric cars in Sacramento, under the Electrify America Green City initiative called Sac-to-Zero.

Initially, there are more than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf at over 10 multi-family properties, equipped with AC Level 2 charging stations. In 2019, when the project will be completed, 142 EVs are to be available at 71 locations (apartments, hotels and workplaces). 75% of EVs will be in disadvantaged communities.

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Official info:

“The companies joined Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at an event to unveil the first EVs, and outline the vision for future development.More than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles are now available across Sacramento at over 10 multi-family properties, each with an accompanying Level 2 charging station. The majority of these sites are in disadvantaged communities where drivers can use the “Envoy There” mobile application to use vehicles for a myriad of uses, including personal errands or exploring job opportunities in new areas.

Envoy’s car share program is part of Electrify America’s $44 million investment in a comprehensive initiative, Sac-to-Zero, which is designed to shift mobility choice to electric mobility options. The initiative is intended to increase access to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in the Sacramento area, expand ZEV technology use, and prepare the City for future electric vehicle adoption.

“We’re extremely proud to collaborate with Electrify America and bring this deployment to fruition only months after being announced,” said Envoy co-founders Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie. “With thanks to Electrify America, the City of Sacramento, and Mayor Steinberg’s office, we can offer drivers easy access to EVs, especially drivers from disadvantaged communities, where transportation options tend to be scarce.”

“The arrival of Envoy in Sacramento will give our residents who struggle to find reliable transportation an affordable, clean option for getting around,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “It’s another step in our City’s evolution into a national model of clean, shared mobility. We are thrilled to partner with Electrify America in this effort.”
The Sac-to-Zero initiative features two new car sharing services, new ZEV bus and shuttle routes and state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging systems throughout the Sacramento area.

“Envoy is the first of multiple zero-emission vehicle initiatives to be funded through our Sac-to-Zero investments,” said Rich Steinberg, Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Green Cities at Electrify America. “We are excited to begin the rollout of this program in Sacramento and look forward to launching additional ZEV transportation choices for the residents of the Sacramento area.”

The full project is anticipated to be completed early in 2019. Envoy’s fleet will eventually feature more than 140 vehicles in over 70 different locations.

The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), which was created to ensure the ongoing development of affordable housing in Sacramento, was an early collaborator with Envoy to help identify car sharing locations.

“The agency is excited about being one of the leading partners in this effort,” said Tyrone R. Williams, director of development, SHRA. “As the Housing Authority for the City and County we are committed to providing mobility options in public housing communities and to residents in underserved communities.””


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Autocar Reviews Tesla Model 3 Performance: Says Others Must Catch Up

Autocar says the Tesla Model 3 Performance is “startling” and proves that legacy OEMs have serious catching up to do.

As far as Autocar is concerned, Tesla is in a class of its own when it comes to premium EVs that sell like crazy, despite the fact that it has yet to bring the promised $35,000 Model 3 to market. Any competitor hoping to top the Model 3 Performance will have to manufacture an incredible car.

The publication says that Tesla is seemingly working backwards from what people may have expected. Rather than releasing a less expensive, mass-market EV, it’s touting the much more expensive variants, and especially the top-of-the-line, dual-motor, all-wheel drive Performance trim.

The Model 3 Performance relies on an 80.5-kWh battery pack, churns out 450 horsepower, and boasts a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.5 seconds or less. Autocar’s test drive took place in Michigan of all locations. You can’t buy a Tesla in Michigan and it’s the last place we’d assume on overseas publication would visit to check out the Model 3. The vehicle as tested included the Performance Upgrades Package, with 20-inch wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, and a lowered suspension. It’s capable of a 155-mph top speed, which is 10 mph faster than the same car without the upgrade package.

What’s the car like according to Autocar?

In a word, startling. I drove the Model 3 Performance just after experiencing the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye for the first time and can honestly report that the acceleration of the Tesla is only fractionally less impressive than that of a supercharged 800hp muscle car. But while the Dodge does its thing to a furious soundtrack, the 3 delivers its organ sloshing longitudinal G-forces without drama or apparent effort. The chassis can digest even stamped throttle starts without squeaking or slithering, and with no more noise than the whine of the electric motors.

The review goes on to say that the instant torque and incredible throttle response are surely not the Model 3’s only assets, though they’re something that you must experience to understand. In addition, the car has a well-engineered chassis that will astound the driver whether they’re pushing the car to it limits or driving casually.

When traveling Michigan’s backcountry, the Model 3 fared well through corners and felt quite agile. However, there’s no mistaking that it’s a heavy car. Nonetheless, unless the car hit a large bump while rounding a bend, the Model 3 maintained its composure well.

Autocar calls the Model 3 interior minimalistic. Surprised? Getting used to that reality and the fact that the touch screen controls everything requires a bit of a learning curve. However, this is how Tesla does things and it seems the automaker’s customers appreciate it. It may just take some time to get the more traditional crowd to buy in.

Source: Autocar

TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE

Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3 Performance

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Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Midnight Silver Tarmac Motion (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Wide
Tesla Model 3 Performance - White Interior - Touchscreen


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Model 3 helps push EV sales in Canada to record 8% of new car sales

We are not talking about Norway-level of electric vehicle adoption just yet, but the start of volume deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in Canada over the last two quarters has helped push EV sales to a new record high relative to new car sales.

Electric vehicle sales now represent over 8-percent of new car sales in Canada. more…

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Source: Charge Forward

Coolest Cars Of The Decade: Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt And Other Plug-Ins

On the Business Insider ‘Coolest Cars’ list, electric cars dominate the 2010s

Have you ever wondered to yourself “What was the coolest new car on the market the year I was born?”

Most likely, you haven’t. But Business Insider thinks you should know. So the publication recently compiled a list the coolest cars for each year since 1950.

They suggest that cars are a “reflection of culture and the national zeitgeist.” So it is no surprise that as electric vehicles are rapidly growing in popularity, EVs and PHEVs dominate the more recent years of the list. According to Business Insider:

(…) the 2010s were an era when plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt and all-electric vehicles like Tesla’s Model X appeared in the market, demonstrating a new eco-conscious shift as the ramifications from climate change became an increasingly prominent force in our lives.

For the past 3 years, electric vehicles get the nod. Here’s what Business Insider had to say about each one:

2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla’s second major all-electric car, the Model X was an eye-catching crossover SUV that could be had with a 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV

An all-electric subcompact hatchback, the Bolt won 2017 North American Car of the Year award and 2017 Best Car to Buy Award.

2018 Tesla Model 3

The car that may make or break Tesla, the Model 3 has been called “completely brilliant” and features “high-caliber semi-self driving.”

These aren’t the only plug-in vehicles to make the list either. The BMW i8, Tesla Model S, and Chevy Volt also earned the honor for their debut years.

So, what was the coolest car in the year you were born? Check out the link below for the complete article.

Source: Business Insider

TESLA MODEL 3

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2. Tesla Model 3
Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

Tesla Model 3 charge port (U.S.)




Tesla Model 3 front seats

Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)



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Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is not hiding anymore!
Tesla Model 3 (Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

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Tesla Model 3 rear seats


Tesla Model 3 Road Trip arrives in Tallahassee
Tesla Model 3 charges in Tallahassee, trunk open.


Source: Electric Vehicle News