dgpcolorado wrote:I wonder about that. It seems unrealistic to get a 200 mile (EPA) range car for under $40k in the next three to four years. My assumption (WAG) was that Tesla would have a base model that has a lower range and then an upgraded model at greater cost that would also be Supercharger capable.
Going by Tesla/Musk's track record with the S, my guess is that the real answer is that their $40,000 car is:
1) After $7500 rebate
2) Stripped down features (no NAV, backup camera, etc)
3) Only white or black non-metallic paint
4) no access to the Supercharger network, and no fast-charge capability
5) This low-end, $40,000 model will be the LAST in production, after all the $50-80,000 models are manufactured first.
6) Slower acceleration than upscaled models
7) Tesla will then kill production of the "$40,000" base model, citing "lack of demand".
These are all the things that soured me on the S, so I'm not expecting much to come of this new entry. I hope they prove me wrong.