One of the big obstacles to widespread adoption of electric and plug-in hybrid cars is that, to date, most of them just haven’t been very cool. Your mileage may vary, of course, but that’s the opinion of this lover of old-school Detroit muscle. The Prius, the Volt, the Leaf… none of them make the heart race. Except for the Tesla, of course, but who can afford one of those outside of Hollywood elite?
Well, coming in 2017, a lot more of us will be able to bring home a Tesla. The company has confirmed in a tweet that a third-generation Tesla dubbed the Model III will hit the market following the upcoming Model X, a seven-passenger crossover vehicle. The Model III will be substantially smaller than the X or even the Model S, and is intended to compete with the BMW 3-series. Mock-up images in an exclusive article by the British magazine Auto Express show a stylish four-door sedan that looks to be about the size of a Toyota Camry. Auto Express speculates the car will be built on an all-new platform rather than a cut-down of the Model S and X. And the best part? Tesla’s founder Elon Musk says the III will retail for about $35,000 — roughly half the cost of a Model S, and within reach of the average middle-class consumer.
Check out that Auto Express article for all the details!
Jason Bennion has long thought a Mustang with an electric drivetrain would be a huge smash. He also blogs at www.jasonbennion.com.