Tesla’s Model 3 has a range of 310 miles, EPA confirms
Nov 29, 2017  Andrew J. Hawkins

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The race for electric efficiency

Tesla’s Model 3, the most important car to come out in decades, has a
confirmed range of 310 miles, according to the Environmental Protection
Agency. That figure applies to the long-range version of the Model 3, and
echoes the vehicle specs released by Tesla back in July. It also makes the
Model 3 one of the most efficient passenger electric vehicles on the market.

The EPA’s range is used as the advertised figure for electric vehicles that
are sold in the US. The 310-mile range is an estimate of the number of miles
the vehicle should be able to travel in combined city and highway driving
from a full charge. That’s 131 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe)
for city driving, 120 MPGe on the highway, and 126 MPGe combined.
"one of the most efficient passenger electric vehicles on the market"

You’ll have to pay more to get that extended range, though. Tesla said it
would be selling a standard version of the Model 3, with just 220 miles of
range, for $35,000. The long-range version will start at $44,000, the
automaker says. Production on the standard version isn’t expected to begin
until 2018.

Of course, that’s assuming you’ll be able to get any version of the Model 3
in the near future. In the last quarter, Tesla produced only 260 Model 3s;
that’s about three cars a day and well behind a normal pace of about one car
per minute. Earlier this month, Tesla pushed back its target for volume
production on the Model 3 — widely seen as crucial to the company’s
long-term future — by about three months to fix production bottlenecks.

Meanwhile, GM’s Chevy Bolt, the first battery-electric car to go on sale
with more than 200 miles of range at a price of less than $40,000, has been
increasing its sales each quarter. Last September, Chevy delivered a
whopping 2,632 Bolt EVs in what is only the car's ninth full month on sale. 
[© 2017 Vox Media]

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