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Tesla Model 3: Complete Guide to the World’s Most Hyped Car

The Tesla Model 3 is changing the auto industry as we know it. It’s a relatively affordable and attractive mass-market electric car that has taken the world by storm. It was announced on March 31, 2016 and deliveries to non-employee customers will start in October. This video is my complete guide to the Tesla Model 3 so you can learn all about it in case you’re trying to decide if it’s right for you, and I’ll also explain why I chose the Model 3 to be my next car.

Tesla is not just a car manufacturer. They’re mainly a tech company with a heavy focus on energy innovation. Their official mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s newest addition to their all-electric vehicle lineup which now consists of the Model S (premium sedan), Model X (premium SUV), and now the Model 3 (smaller, more basic sedan for mass market). The Tesla Model 3 has sparked a lot of demand across the entire globe.

One of the biggest selling points for all Teslas including the Model 3 is Autopilot. This is a combination of drive-assisting software combined with 8 cameras built into the car that provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car, 12 ultrasonic sensors allow for detection of objects, and a forward-facing radar that provides additional data and is able to see through rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

Enhanced Autopilot costs $5,000 for the Model 3 and adds these new capabilities to the Autopilot experience. Your Tesla will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage.

Autopilot is the precursor to what will eventually become full self-driving cars (which costs another $3,000 and requires the $5,000 EAP). The hardware required for full self driving comes standard on all new Tesla vehicles, but of course until the software is validated and legalized, the hardware is currently only used for Enhanced Autopilot.

Other than Autopilot and future full self-driving capability, I think the biggest factor for Tesla’s success and what separates them from all the other electric cars is their Supercharger network. The Tesla Supercharger network enables long distance travel when you’re in an electric car.

Superchargers are like gas stations for Teslas. It’s the world’s fastest charging station. With the Model 3 standard battery you can get 130 miles of range per 30 minutes of charge at a Supercharger, and with the Long Range option you can get 170 miles of range per 30 minutes of charging at a Supercharger.

Tesla designed the Model 3 with one thing in mind: simplicity. This car definitely strikes a cord with minimalism. Sometimes less is more, and in my opinion, simplicity wins.

To make up for the lack of physical buttons, the 15” touchscreen display in the center is really the main control hub of the entire car. It serves as the speedometer, so your speed will display in the top left of the screen. The touch screen also serves as your way of controlling the air vent. The Model 3 just has one long air vent across the dash, and using the touch screen you can manipulate where you want the air to come out of. The screen also controls the radio, music streaming, GPS navigation, and more.

The Model 3 doesn’t come with a key fob, but instead it comes with an NFC keycard. To unlock the car, tap the card to the B-pillar and tap between the front seats to start the car. This keycard is actually the backup method to unlocking and starting the car. The main way will be done through a unique Bluetooth signal from your smartphone that will unlock your car as you approach it, and then automatically start it when you get inside.

The Model 3 has built-in WiFi so when it’s charging at home, it will be connected to your WiFi and will automatically download free software updates as Tesla releases them. This is what makes Tesla ownership really enticing for me because with software updates, the car is constantly improving without having to add any hardware.

Not only did Tesla make this car simple because they needed to produce them as fast as possible to keep up with demand and to also keep them affordable, but the overall minimalist nature of the car plays into the fact that this car was designed to become a self-driving car at some point in the future.

I think the Tesla Model 3 is the iPhone 3G of cars. It has everything needed to move the auto industry forward to sustainable energy and new technology, but also keeps the excitement and sleekness of fast sporty cars from the past.

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My Tesla Project Loveday submission:

Reserving my Tesla Model 3 (vlog)

Tesla Project Loveday – “Your Sun”

This is my video entry for the Tesla Project Loveday contest.

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Here’s all the camera gear I used to make this video.

Filming this was an adventure! Here’s the story of what happened and how I almost wasn’t able to get it done…

As soon as Tesla announced the Project Loveday contest in March I started envisioning the story line of the video. I knew I wanted to make it a personal story that would lead into and ultimately end with the Tesla vision in the viewer’s mind.

However, there was one huge roadblock I faced.

I don’t own a Tesla yet nor do I personally know anyone who owns a Tesla. I needed footage of a Tesla vehicle or I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my vision for this video. I reached out to a stranger (friend of a friend of a friend) and asked if I could meet up with him to get some footage.

No response.

With the deadline creeping up, I decided to camp out at my local Tesla Supercharger for a few hours on a Saturday in April and try my luck on anyone who happened to stop in and charge their Tesla. I got to the Supercharger and literally 10 minutes after arriving I spotted a blue Model X pulling in to one of the charging stations.

As I looked over at it I thought “Wow, what are the odds”. I had never even seen a Model X in person before that. I started to unpack my camera equipment from the backseat of my car, and while I was unloading I heard someone talking to me.

I turned around and it was the blue Model X. The couple inside said “Sir, are we in your way? We saw you looking at us and we thought you were a photographer working for Tesla on a photoshoot or something.”

I laughed and said “No, as a matter of fact I was just about to come ask if you would be willing to help me out.” I explained that I was a Model 3 reservation holder and that I was filming a video for the Tesla Project Loveday contest. I asked if they would be willing to let me get footage of their car. I thought they were going to turn me down.

Nope.

Not only were they willing, but they were ecstatic to let me get footage of their Model X (the one you see at the end of the video). They even let me sit in the driver seat and showed me all the cool features of the car. Complete strangers going out of their way to help me, and even if I don’t win the contest, knowing that I’m joining the Tesla family with people like that is worth it in the end.

I respected their wish to not be on camera, but I want to give a huge shoutout to Marshall and Chanell for making my video possible. THANK YOU!

This video was written, filmed, and edited by me – Andy Slye (with some help from my girlfriend Jamie who has some super awesome handwriting and cat-holding skills, and my sister Brittney who starred as our younger mom, spot on impression if I do say so myself. THANK YOU)

Obviously I couldn’t have done it without my parents who have always supported and encouraged me to do what I want in life. And to anyone else who has helped me along the way, thank you. You’re very much appreciated.

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