How long does it take to stop a Tesla Model 3? Longer than it should, apparently.
A report from US organisation Consumer Reports – which performs a similar role to Australia's Choice - found that the Tesla Model 3 took significantly longer to come to a complete stop from just under 100km/h than rivals.
The compact electric sedan took 152 feet or just over 46 metres - which, according to the report, is fractionally longer than it takes a big Ford F-150 truck to come to a complete halt.
Consumer Reports found that on average cars in the Model 3's class take just under 40 metres to come to a stop, which is a significant distance when avoiding an accident.
Elon Musk responded to the report by tweeting that the issue can be fixed by an over-the-air firmware update that the company will be rolling out in the next few days and that Tesla will continue to refine the braking system.
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.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2018
Tesla recently revealed details of its upcoming top-of-the-range Model 3 dual motor performance model which the electric car maker says will be better than a BMW M3 on the track.
The range-topping variant will be priced from $US78,000 ($103,700) according to Musk. That price includes all options including wheels and paint with the exception of the controversial Autopilot function.
Previously, Musk responded to queries on Twitter about Australian prices for the Model 3 by saying that the cost will be the same as the US plus conversion rates, import duties and taxes which includes luxury car tax and GST.
Cost of all options, wheels, paint, etc is included (apart from Autopilot). Cost is $78k. About same as BMW M3, but 15% quicker & with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018
If Musk's claims regarding local prices ring true, that would mean the AWD performance model would be priced from about $150,000 before on-road costs when it lands in Australia. This puts it firmly above the base BMW M3 Pure at $129,900 before on-road costs, but closer to the full-fruit M3 Competition at $146,900.
The expansion of the Model 3 range beyond the current entry-level model is a good sign that Tesla is getting over the production issues that have plagued the brand since the all-important mainstream model went into production in 2017.
Australian customers will still have to wait between 12-18 months to get their hands on a regular Model 3 if they order today, but no timeline is given to all-wheel drive variants according to the brand's local website.
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