February 28th, 2019 by Kyle Field
Tesla just officially announced that it is opening up ordering for the Standard Range Model 3 today, following a brief Twitter tease about a big announcement today at 2pm Pacific.
The new Standard Range Model 3 will come to the market with the expected 220 miles of range and be available at the $35,000 price point. Combining that with the available federal, state, and local rebates makes the new Standard Range Tesla Model 3 one of the most affordable, feature-packed long-range electric vehicles in the world.
The Standard Range Model 3 will have a lower top speed of a still lofty 130 miles per hour and maintain a 0–60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. The beautiful part about the Standard Range Model 3 is that, while the range is lower, the bones of the car remain the same. It looks and feels like a Tesla. It drives like a Tesla. And it will still accelerate like a Tesla.
Tesla also surprised us with a new Standard Range Plus configuration that offers buyers a bit more range — 240 miles of range — that brings with it an improvement in performance. The Standard Range Plus configuration can go from 0–60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 140 miles per hour. That’s damn fast and is only $2,000 more than its little brother, at $37,000. The Standard Range Plus also comes with “most premium interior features,” which is a nice bonus and serves as the cherry on top of what looks like the sweetest deal in the family.
At the top of that list is safety. Tesla’s three vehicles, including the Model 3, have achieved the highest safety ratings in their respective classes, and that holds true for the Standard Range Model 3. It retains its 5-star crash rating, as enabled by its low center of gravity, thanks to the skateboard battery design, supplemented by its advanced active safety systems.
The news was shared on a media briefing call and via a new post on Tesla’s official blog today at 2pm Pacific.
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