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Both cars actually have the same 75kWh battery pack that's found in the Model S 75, but are limited to 60kWh of capacity via software, in order to make the vehicle cheaper. So when Elon Musk tweets about the Model 3, even just to give details about what it will be like, that's something to celebrate, right?
By minimizing the number of configurations available for Model 3, the factory is able to more easily automate production without requiring human involvement during final assembly. And maybe it's enough.
Although the Model 3 follows the Model S and Model X, Musk wants to make sure people understand that it is not an advanced new iteration of Tesla model.
And Tesla would need some more time before it officially gets the permission from the authorities for fully autonomous cars. Model S managed to be the number second plug-in electric sedan auto consecutively for 2 years in 2015 and 2015 with a record breaking sales of 150,000 units in November 2016. A shorter wheelbase in the Model 3 would only allow for a 75 kwh at the current capabilities, he said.
The Tesla CEO jumped on Twitter on Friday morning to provide some information about the Model 3, the upcoming Autopilot update, and the tunnel-digging machinery scheduled for delivery.
I'll note here that I'm for the most part skeptical of the claim that Tesla Model 3 buyers will be less forgiving of potential problems (presuming that they occur, which is an open question). By raising so much funds, company has been showing positive confidence in its new model and seems to be promising to the market. The sedan will be offered in RWD and AWD, in addition to a longer-range variant that could top 300 miles on a full charge thanks to a larger battery.
But that's not the only arena in which Model 3 won't match its big brother.