cwerdna wrote:It wasn't until much later did their FAQ sayAdditional configurations, including the Model 3 with standard equipment for $35,000, will become available as production ramps, which we expect to be in November 2017.
Well, we're way past that and there's still no standard range version available and nothing available for $35K.
EatsShootsandLeafs wrote:Here is the vid. It is exciting to know we're on the cusp of this.scottf200 wrote:https://cs.stanford.edu/people/karpathy/
Bio. I am the Director of AI at Tesla, currently focused on perception for the Autopilot. Previously, I was a Research Scientist at OpenAI working on Deep Learning in Computer Vision, Generative Modeling and Reinforcement Learning. I received my PhD from Stanford, where I worked with Fei-Fei Li on Convolutional/Recurrent Neural Network architectures and their applications in Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and their intersection. Over the course of my PhD I squeezed in two internships at Google where I worked on large-scale feature learning over YouTube videos, and in 2015 I interned at DeepMind and worked on Deep Reinforcement Learning. Together with Fei-Fei, I designed and taught a new Stanford class on Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition (CS231n). The class was the first Deep Learning course offering at Stanford and has grown from 150 enrolled in 2015 to 330 students in 2016, and 750 students in 2017.
https://insideevs.com/bmw-m3-owner-test-drives-reviews-tesla-model-3/BMW M3 OWNER TEST DRIVES / REVIEWS TESLA MODEL 3
. . . CB claims to be disliked on Tesla forums since he’s critical. His current and previous car ownership includes the F80 M3, F30 335i, and E92 333i. He also shares that he’s had an opportunity to drive nearly every car in the segment, with specific mention of the BMW 3 Series, C AMG45, Audi S4, Audi S5, and new Alfa Romeo Giulia.
So, what does CB have to share? He begins:
“Well, today I was able to borrow this baby and spent a day driving it on mountain roads, within San Francisco, and cruise it down 101. Here are my impressions. I’m going to score individual categories relative to other competitors in this class, so I won’t be rating the Model 3’s cost against a Civic, its luxury against an S class, or its handling against a 911.”
CB provides a fair amount of text related to each of his chosen categories, but let’s start with a breakdown of his scores:
Interior Quality/Fit and Finish (5/10)
Technology/User Interface (Exclude Auto Pilot) (2/10)
Auto Pilot (10/10)
Despite the terrible tech score and marginal interior quality score, CB is impressed with the car overall. In fact, he may even buy one! Below are some key takeaways from his experience:
Instant torque makes the Model 3 a “star around town.” It beats all competitors in this aspect. However, at speeds over 55 mph, it’s not quite as impressive.
Steering is well-weighted and provides great feedback. Weight gets heavier as turn-in increases, but it’s not as predictable as he’d hoped, which causes a lack of confidence when pushing the car hard.
Suspension puts the Model 3 among the “cream of the top in this already sporty segment.” The Tesla’s extreme balance reminds CB of BMW’s best days.
Steering wheel is ugly, though cabin materials are decent. The minimalist design is subjective, and build quality is very solid, but the interior quality can’t stand up to class leaders.
$5,000 for Premium Upgrades is “outrageous.”
The car is “very bare bone” in terms of tech features.
User interface is high res and responsive, but still “a complete mess” for usability. CB thanked Elon Musk for Autopilot, which helps with the lack of a decent interface experience.
It seems CB is truly enamored with the Model 3’s Autopilot system. He shares:
“The best driver assist in this segment, bar none, end of story. Is it perfect? Not even close. Is it the best money currently can buy? By far. . . .”
EVDRIVER wrote:The interior does suck for what it is "supposed to be" and they did that intentionally. My guess is his tech rating would be higher if he had more time and I'm surprised about the AP rating. Handling is quite good.
EVDRIVER wrote:Now the bad news, the car has defective drive systems, dying 12v batteries, and the entire model is based in bait and switch. So everyone should cancel now why they still can.
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1115585_2018-tesla-model-3-first-drive-review-of-less-costly-electric-car2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: first drive review of 310-mile electric car
. . . Our drive reassured us. The Model 3 is an eminently competent electric car that should make owners happy. If the company can fix what appear to be major quality problems, that is.
But times have changed, and the Model 3 does not emerge into a vacuum as the Tesla Model S did in July 2012.
That car was a revelation, a bolt of lightning from the sky. It was a car no one had conceived or built before. It was the rolling, driving demonstration of a future then widely dismissed by the global auto industry as impractical or impossible.
Soon it was paired with the first real high-speed charging network that gave electric cars the ability to make coast-to-coast drives in the U.S., and then other regions around the world. The shock waves from 2012 still reverberate.
Six years later, the Tesla Model 3 delivers fewer firsts. . . .
https://insideevs.com/tesla-pushes-back-awd-long-range-model-3-late-2018/TESLA PUSHES BACK AWD, LONG-RANGE MODEL 3 TO LATE 2018
. . . Others report that availability of the short-range, dual-motor Model 3 has been bumped back too. . . Rumors suggest that other lesser versions of the Model 3, like the standard battery with rear-wheel-drive, may get bumped back too, though we aren’t seeing this in the estimator or configurator tools as of right now.