Teslas Model 3 electric car to finally go on sale this Friday

July 3, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s highly-anticipated Model 3 electric car will officially hit the market this Friday, according to an early-morning tweet by CEO Elon Musk . Estimated to sell for approximately $27,500 with a federal tax credit, the five-seater will be able to travel 215 miles on a single charge and it’s capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. According to Musk, production for the Model 3 was supposed to start in July, but the company has faced numerous delays. The Palo Alto , California-based company is seeking to churn out 5,000 Model 3 sedans each week by the end of 2017, and 10,000 per week in 2018. As Phys.org reports, the speed at which Tesla can meet its production goals is questionable because last year, the company only produced 84,000 cars. In comparison, competitors such as General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota sell 10 million vehicles per year. Related: Chevy unveils first pre-production Bolt EV ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut An additional concern is how Tesla will meet all the servicing needs for all Model 3 vehicles, as Model S and Model X owners will have to share the company-owned charging stations with an influx of new cars. One way Tesla intends to assist consumers who are far away from charging stations is to deploy a fleet of mobile service trucks who are on-hand and ready to help. The company also seeks to double its high-speed charging points to 10,000 by the end of 2017. Tesla’s Model 3 will face stiff competition, however – the Chevrolet Bolt costs $36,000 and can travel 238 miles per charge, and the next-gen Nissan Leaf is expected to have autonomous driving technology and a range close to 300 miles. + Tesla Via Phys.org Images via Autoblog , Wikimedia

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Leaked Tesla document confirms Model 3 with 215+ mile range

May 30, 2017 by  
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Tesla hasn’t released all the official performance specs for the upcoming Model 3 sedan, but a leaked dealer document just gave away a lot of the juicy details. A member of the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club recently came across a dealer product sheet that compares the specs for the Model S to the Model 3 – effectively revealing the Model 3’s driving range and other performance specs. Rather than promote the Model 3, the leaked document looks more like a way to educate Tesla’s sales staff about ways to sell the Model S over the Model 3. It points out many of the Model 3’s shortcomings compared to the flagship Model S, but either way, we now know that the Model 3 will have a 215+ mile driving range. That driving range puts it just a tad below the Chevy Bolt, but miles ahead of any other electric car in its price range. Related: Tesla is taking some major risks by accelerating production of Model 3 The leaked document also reveals that the Model 3 will be able to reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, which is definitely slower than the Model S P100D Ludicrous, but still faster than some sports cars. The Model 3 will also have a modestly sized front and rear trunk space with 14 cubic feet of cargo space, about half the space that the Model S has. Lastly, while the Model S has over 1,500 configurations, the Model 3 will only have about 100 and many of the premium features, like a Smart Air Suspension or HEPA filter won’t even be available on the Model 3. The Model 3 will also not have free access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, like the Model S and instead it will be “pay per use.” If you were to put a deposit down on a Model 3 today, you will have to wait more than a year before production even starts, which means meaning you won’t get your Model 3 until mid-2018. + Tesla Via Model 3 Owners Club and Inside EVs Images @Tesla

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Tesla to start test-building the Model 3 this month

February 9, 2017 by  
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Now that the Chevy Bolt has officially arrived, the attention is now on Tesla to see if it can meet its production deadlines for the Model 3. According to Reuters, Elon Musk’s company is now one step closer to the start of the official production as the automaker plans to test-build the Model 3 later this month. Tesla hasn’t confirmed how many Model 3 vehicles will be produced this month, but it will likely be a small number. In part this will allow the automaker test the existing assembly system, and quality test the Model 3 . It’s rumored that the pilot production will kick off on February 20, which will also give Tesla the ability to share the news and potentially reveal pre-production models two days later when it shares its four-quarter 2016 results on February 22. Related: Tesla just introduced the world’s longest range electric car Tesla is expected to shut down production at its California plant for a week later this month to prepare for the high-volume Model 3. The brief shutdown will enable Tesla to make some necessary changes to the paint shop and other maintenance upgrades, both prerequisites for kicking off production of the Model 3 later this year. If all goes as planned, this should happen in July, and Tesla hopes to ramp up production significantly by 2018. + Tesla Via Reuters All images © Tesla

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Tesla finally unveils 35K Model 3 electric car for the masses with 215 mile range

April 1, 2016 by  
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Tesla is getting ready to unveil its most affordable electric car to date

February 11, 2016 by  
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It’s the moment we have all been waiting for – Tesla is about to unveil the much anticipated Model 3 , its most affordable electric vehicle to date. The automaker is expected to release details of the $35,000 car on March 31, 2016, ahead of the vehicle’s market debut in 2017. The Model 3 will appeal to a much larger audience with its 200+ mile driving range and more attainable price tag. Read the rest of Tesla is getting ready to unveil its most affordable electric car to date

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HOW TO: grow your best spring garden yet

February 11, 2016 by  
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Ultrathin grass condoms could make safe sex better than ever

February 11, 2016 by  
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Australian researchers at the University of Queensland have found a way to make latex condoms thinner, stronger, and more flexible than anything else on the market. The scientists extracted nanocellulose from a native variety of grass, spinifex, and used it as an additive in ordinary latex rubber. While a grass condom might sound a little strange, it turns out that adding the natural nanoparticles to rubber actually enhances the latex’s natural properties. This could be the first step toward overcoming some of the most common complaints about condoms reducing sensation during sex, and even enhance safety by making them less likely to break. Read the rest of Ultrathin grass condoms could make safe sex better than ever

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Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will debut in March 2016, production kicks off in 2017

May 8, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s Model S sedan is the poster child for the growing electric vehicle market, but with a price tag in the $70,000 range, it’s far out of reach for most buyers even as a pre-owned vehicle . Tesla has already announced plans to introduce a new, more attainable model called the Model 3 and now Tesla has confirmed that it will reveal the model in March 2016. Read the rest of Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 will debut in March 2016, production kicks off in 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric vehicle , elon musk , green car , green transportation , Model 3 , tesla , Tesla Model 3 , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s

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Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana

May 8, 2015 by  
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CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light

May 8, 2015 by  
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Designed for today’s modern office, CREE Lighting ’s new LN suspended luminaire is an update of the typical inter-office fluorescent lighting system, replaced with long-lasting LEDs . With 105 lumens per watt, CREE’s system effectively keeps offices lit for maximum productivity, but with a modern twist. The lighting system is fully adjustable, dimming to just 5 percent to allow users to enjoy natural light, or change lighting conditions to match the mood of the day. Read the rest of CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cree Lighting , eco design , Fluorescent lighting , green design , LED lights , office lighting , sustainable design

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