Electric Cars

Tesla Model 3 Specs – Everything You Need to Know About

Tesla Model 3 is a 4-door self-driving electric sedan car developed by Tesla. It has full self-driving hardware with regular software updates.

Tesla Model 3 has two versions:

  • Standard Range Plus version: Range – 263 miles (423 km)
  • Long Range versions: Range – 353 miles (568 km)

The production of the Tesla Model 3 started in mid-2017 and by March 2020, it became the world’s best-selling electric car. It delivered more than 500,000 units.


Talking about safety, during the crash test in 2019, the Model 3 received 5 stars in every category from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tesla Model 3 Specifications

Launch DateJuly 2017
ManufacturerTesla Inc.
DesignerFranz von Holzhausen
Body style4-door fastback sedan
LayoutDual-motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Motor typePermanent Magnet Synchronous Reluctance Motor
Transmission1-speed fixed gear
Gear ratio9:1
Battery typeLithium-ion
Battery capacity54 kWh or 75 kWh
Range (Standard Range Plus)263 miles (423 km)
Range (Long Range versions)353 miles (568 km)
Wheelbase2.875 m
Length4.694 m
Width1.849 m
Acceleration0–97 km/h in 5.3 s
Top speed225 – 261 km/h
Full AC charge time6.25 hours – Standard Range Plus
Full AC charge time6.5 hours – Long Range versions
Rear seat60/40-split-folding rear seat
DisplayCentre-mounted 15.4 inch LCD touchscreen
EntryKeyless NFC keycard
Torque response10 ms
Ultrasonic sensors12
Ultrasonic sensors12

Is the Tesla Model 3 Safe?


Tesla Model 3 is one of the safest cars which received 5 stars in all categories from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), US.

The categories which get tested are:

  • Frontal, driver
  • Frontal, passenger
  • Side, driver
  • Side, passenger
  • Side pole, driver
  • Rollover

Here’s a video of the real frontal crash test of Tesla Model 3:

Complaints with the Tesla Model 3

In May 2018, Consumer Reports branded the Model 3 as “not recommended” as it’s stopping distance during an emergency was worse than a Ford F-150 full-size truck. Tesla acknowledged the faults and released an OTA update for the anti-lock braking algorithm. Later, Consumer Reports changed their rating to a “recommended model”.

In Feb 2019, Consumer Reports again marked it “not recommended” as many customers reported to have problems like loose body trim and glass defects. Tesla reduced these flaws over time and later Consumer Reports marked it as a “recommended model”, again.

In 2020, Tesla used the 2.5 version processors because due to coronavirus outbreak the Shanghai factory was closed. After mass complaints, Tesla promised to upgrade everyone to 3.0 processor for free once the supply chain is restored.

That’s it.

Tesla Model 3 is also going to be launched for the very first time in India in mid-2021. Let’s see how everything goes.

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