Tesla Model 3 Electric Vehicle Pushed Back to 2018
It appears that Teslas much-anticipated Model 3-the brands popularly priced model that is supposed to combine a 200-mile range with a $35,000 starting price (after tax credits)-will be much-anticipated a little longer. Following in the torpid footsteps of the oft-delayed Model X crossover, the market debut of the Model 3 has slipped from 2017 to 2108.
This news comes from the blog insideEVs, which published a slide from Teslas recent presentation at a conference in Washington, D.C. The slide shows a 2018 debut for the Model 3, but responding on Twitter to the report, Tesla communications chief Ricardo Reyes said "we still plan to show the Model 3 in 2016 and begin production in 2017." Of course, if the company begins production in late 2017, deliveries might well commence in the early part of 2018. General Motors must be cheering this news, since it could give Chevrolets entry-level EV, the Bolt, a longer moment in the sun before facing off against Tesla. The Bolt, which also promises a 200-mile range at a similar price point, is currently scheduled to arrive in 2017 as a 2018 model.