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Model III

BMW, please don't sue! Not worried about King Midget at this point though. LOL

It's the 3rd chassis basically, not called the "Gen III".

It'll be the basis of a sports car as well as the more economical model.. whatever they're both named.

No, this is official. Just announced by Tesla...

Really? Looking now... can't find it (supposed to be working, I'll keep looking).

Anyway, BMW 3 series, Mazda 3... I'm sure the number is open :)

It was on a Facebook post, and they called it Model 3 not Model III, but we will see.

Roadster 1
Model S. 2
Model X. 3
Shouldn't the next one be 4?8

It's Model III. That's the official name.

Here's a link to the article posted on Facebook:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-iii-to-challenge-bmw-3-series-world-exclusive

Only the name Model 3 was confirmed by Tesla. The pictures are fake.

Ha, BMW 3 Series is going to get kicked in the teeth by Model 3. BMW already looks geriatric, and the eKraken hasn't even been released yet.

Torque.

Takeaway from the above linked article: “The Roadster had an old generation battery,” he told us. “We’ll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.”

That was the takeaway for me too. Roadster owners will be able to upgrade to a 400 mile pack soon. Probably is super charger capable also.

They better not wait until 2016 to reveal the car! It was supposed to be at the January 2015 Detroit auto show. I'm hoping the article mistook this information for the 2016 launch and 2017 volume production.

Models S III X

Get it...?

The NEW Roadster will have a 400 mile battery. It does NOT state that original Roadsters can be upgraded.

Roman numeral problem: Model III means Model Three thus implying that Model X means Model Ten.

Brian H

No it is an upgrade

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-iii-to-challenge-bm...

“The Roadster had an old generation battery,” he (Elon) told us. “We’ll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.”

So that means it'll be able to use the supercharger network. Very nice.

I'd say that "upgrade" might mean an upgraded model.

The sentence sounds more like an upgrade for old roadsters, but it could mean new models, and that interpretation fits earlier comments about gen3 based roadster.

Then again EM promised a big surprise for roadster owners....

Grega,

The article clearly says it is an upgrade "for owners", It can't get much clearer than that, an new roadster being announced for production would be announced very differently:

"Tesla’s very first car, the Roadster, was based on a lightweight Lotus Elise chassis and launched back in 2008. Its range of 245 miles is still pretty impressive, but Tesla boss Elon Musk is planning an upgrade for owners that will see that range increase to about 400 miles."

Sometimes you have to parse such "forward-looking statements" very carefully. Current owners, or owners of the GenIII-Roadster?

We will know when it is formally announced by Tesla. So far, we have second-hand knowledge. ("This is what he said" type of thing.)

Once a full interview transcript is provided or tape/video, then we have to interpret the meaning.

In the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch today, Elon Musk was quoted to have told an British car magazine that "Ford killed S E X for Tesla!" And, the mass-market car will be named Model III. Mr. Musk went on to say - I thought this is crazy, Ford is trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name,” Musk said. “The new model is going to be called Model 3, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!”

While it Tesla's not going to have S-E-X, I think people are going to see "S-III-X" and think "S-E-X" anyway!

@Frank.B.Smith

No, Model S & Model X are both Gen 2, as they are built on the same skateboard platform.

They don't count the Roadster as Gen I because it was based off the Lotus. Model S is the first car truly designed and built by Tesla.

I want one
How do I pre order one

I do not think that the Model X is truly considered a second generation, as it will use much of the components of the Model S. Also, the three bars in the Model Name will likely be horizontal just as the E appears in the name. That is my opinion anyway.

There is going to be a ton of competition in the next few years. The BMW i3 is currently the only contender, and with half the mileage and a bit costlier.
Things are going to be getting better and better for electric. Gas prices are only going one way.
Anyone who thinks gas is the future has serious vision problems.
I will be in the market for an EV in the next two years, sorry Elon.
I'll be 70 in 2017, my waiting days are over.

See the "E"?

Now turn it on its back and you've got "III", as in the Tesla Model III.

Gen 1 was Roadster.
Gen 2 Model S/X built on same platform

Question: When do we expect to see a Tesla that's come down, your second-generation car?
MUSK: So that's all looking really good. We're planning to deliver the Model S to the customers in the middle of next year.
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/19/139790024/spacex-craft-to-head-to-space-st...

This was an interview about Gen 3, intended to be the mainstream version, plus have a roadster version on the same platform. Thus confusion over whether his mention of Roadster was gen3 or gen1.

(oops sorry. Quote from 2011 clarifying meaning of Gen2.
Current interview mid 2014 about Gen3.)

Take a look at the Tesla Motors logo.

See how the letter 'E' is made?

That same symbol can also represent the numeral '3'.

That will do just fine. Tesla can still call the car 'Model Three', while using an emblem that all enthusiasts identify as 'E'. Ingenious.


Tesla Model Three


I wasn't able to find quite the right font, but this is pretty close, after a bit of tweaking:


It can also be written like this:

Tesla Model ☰

(Apparently the symbol '☰' may also represent the word 'HEAVEN'.)

I see the - key.
I see the = key.
I do not see the --- key. (-=, =-)

How do you make "☰"?

(I copied the symbol from the previoui=s post to show it here)


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