Tesla Motors has never been on time with its launching and production schedules for its past and currently on-development electric car models. But the company seems confident enough that it shall be able to launch its less expensive Model 3 in March next year to be followed by the vehicle’s mass production late in 2017.
Unlike the other Telsa vehicle models which are mostly behind launching and production schedules, the Model 3 has some noteworthy advantages over the other electric cars of the company, notes the Huffington Post.
It is easy for Tesla to make pronouncements about its Model 3 since its drivetrain is largely plug-and-play so it should not be a hurdle at all to the company. Tesla has already come up with numerous drivetrain and battery pack configurations for front, rear, and all-wheel drive vehicles.
In addition to creating drivetrains for its very own Roadster, Model S, and Model X, Tesla has also done the same for the Toyota RAV4 EV and the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive.
So coming up with an appropriately-sized motor, controller, and battery pack for Model 3 would simply be a walk in the park for Tesla.
Building on manufacturing experience
The projected mass production schedule for the Tesla Model 3 is late 2017 yet. By then, Tesla would have already several years of manufacturing experience so it would really be easier for the company to build the smaller Model 3 electric vehicle.
Tesla previously said that Model 3 would be built from steel instead of aluminum, which is easier and cheaper to work with. Unlike aluminum which is quite delicate, steel is more forgiving.
Having built the Roadster, the Model S and the Model X by 2017, building and mass producing the Model 3 should be a breeze for the company.
In addition to these production and experience factors, it should be noted that Tesla Motors operates like a tech company that builds car than it does an old, lumbering, multi-national manufacturing corporation. It does not require too many studies and circuitous corporate approval to launch new cars. Its vehicles, like today’s gadgets, get software updates over the airwaves.
Once Tesla gains enough manufacturing experience, product development and mass production would become seamless as well.
Thus, it is not impossible if Tesla would be in time this time around for launching and production schedules for its Model 3 despite not being on time with its previous models.
Demand for less expensive and smaller electric car
Another thing going for the Tesla Model 3 is that there is currently a strong demand for affordable and smaller electric car. So it would really be up to Tesla Motors and its president Elon Musk and their investors to take on the challenge and meet the demand head-on.
Since there has not been an official teaser shot of the Tesla Model 3, many in the motoring industry believe that the March 2016 launching schedule is an overly optimistic target.