The Tesla Model 3 is a popular electric vehicle produced by Elon Musk as part of the Tesla line. Unveiled on March 31, 2016, tens of thousands of people lined up to put a deposit down to reserve a Model 3. One week later, Tesla announced that it had over 325,000 reservations. The original name was Model E (which they had to abandon). With the Model S and Model X, Musk was hoping the three models would spell SEX. He had to settle for “S3X.”
The All-Wheel-Drive version has two independent motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels. It can drive on either motor, so if one stops working you can continue to drive. Tesla has over 14,000 Supercharger stations worldwide, and are adding six new locations every week. It has a range of 250 miles (Standard Range Plus) and 322 miles (Long Range AWD/ Long Range Performance). The Model 3 can accelerate from 0-60 in as little as 3.2 seconds.
The first electric car was built in 1884 by Thomas Parker, a London innovator. The car ran on high-capacity rechargeable batteries.