All New Full Electric Tesla Model 3 For KSH 3,000,000Posted on 2016-12-15
All car lovers in Kenya and all over the world are waiting on one car come 2017. The New Tesla Model S will undisputedly be the Car of the Year 2017, even before production has started. It’s so good that Tesla has already received an astonishing 400,000 orders worth over USD 10 billion of pre-orders after its concept unveiling in March 2016. Putting that into Kenyan perspective, that would be 1 in every 5 cars on Kenyan roads will be an all electric Tesla Model 3. The future is here and it is full electric.
What is Tesla?
Tesla was founded by a group of engineers in Silicon Valley with the sole purpose of that electric cars could be better than gasoline-powered cars. With instant torque, incredible power, and zero emissions, Tesla’s products would be cars without compromise. Led by South African child prodigy and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk of the PayPal fame, Tesla has shot to the limelight alongside Musk’s other ventures in SolarCity and SpaceX. Tesla automobiles were once ridiculed for being expensive and slow toys but over the last 3 years, the company has began to pose a real and immediate threat to traditional combustion engine vehicle manufacturers worldwide.
To enter the biggest segment of the global automobile market, Tesla announced in 2016 its flagship model, the Tesla model 3 for the compact and semi-luxury sedan market segment. Here is why the Model 3 is poised to take 2017 by storm worldwide.
Say bye bye to Shell, Total, OilLibya and all the others of their kind. Forget the hassles of the petrol prices and constant hullabaloo about global oil prices, the Saudis and Qataris and the rest of the OPEC cartel. The Tesla Model 3 is all-electric, achieving a range of up to 350km on a single charge! That should comfortably cover a full week’s errands for a typical Nairobi dweller commuting between home and office and running the regular errands and social activities. Give it a single charge on Sunday night and this Tesla will carry you all week with no hassle. Forget your bills at Shell, Total and others, from now KPLC will be filling up your new ride.
Electricity rates are falling, wind, geothermal power are increasing the national grid capacity, Kenya is producing close to 50% above its peak power demand, electric is the way to go. By KPLC’s consumer electricity tariffs, it will cost you KSh 700 to charge up the Tesla Model 3’s 60kWh battery. Compared to the average fuel powered car on Kenyan roads that consumers 1 litre for every 9KMs that will give you a 400% saving on your fuelling costs.
Better still go for solar and you never have to pay a single dime again for your vehicle fuel!
If that’s not good enough, Tesla has announced a new battery pack, the 2170 battery cell for its electric range of vehicles giving up to 500Km range on a single charge.
0-100 KPH in under 6 Seconds
For the speed lovers, this is the car for you. Accelerating to a speed of 100 KPH in under 6 seconds.
That’s fast when you compare with most ‘fast’ models on the road in Kenya. Take the Porsche Cayenne which goes the same in just under 8 seconds. The Tesla Model 3 is just on par with the top Subaru Impreza WRX on Kenyan roads which clock the 100 KPH mark in 5 seconds. Compared to the most popular Mitsubishi Evo models on Kenyan roads, the Tesla Model 3 acceleration beats most by a mile. Majority of EVOs will sound fast but they don’t go faster than 0-100 KPH in less than 9 seconds.
With a top speed of just over 200 KPH, the Tesla Model 3 is every speed lover’s car for 2017.
If you want to go a little bit faster, Tesla has something for you too. Get the faster Tesla Model S P85D, officially the world’s fastest 4 Door Sedan vehicle! It goes from 0-100 KMP in a stunning 3.2 seconds.
Autopilot has long been a preserve for the skies but in the next 5 years, we will all be sitting back and letting the machines drive us around. Semi autonomous cars are already on the road in other parts of the world. The Tesla Model 3 will come with a fully functional autopilot feature. On the highway, turn on the autopilot, sit back and let the vehicle navigate to your destination. The autopilot on the Tesla can avoid collisions, change lanes.
While autopilot trials have been very successful in Europe and America, with heavy investment from private sector players like Google, Uber, Amazon and Apple, they are yet to go mainstream. It therefore remains to be seen how long it will take for other parts of the world notably Africa and Asia venture into this segment of artificial intelligence and machine learning given the chaotic and unstructured nature of infrastructure and roads in these parts of the world.
Price & Availability
The Tesla Model 3 is the most affordable unit in the entire Tesla range. It has been developed to target the economy and family car price range currently dominated by the traditional car makers like Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan and others.
It will start at USD 35,000 for the basic model without any of the premium additional options added. For customers in most Western countries, a subsidy on this starting price could below the USD 30,000 mark. Developed nations from the US to Denmark, Sweden and others are increasingly subsidising automobile manufacturers and buyers of green vehicles like hybrids and full electric vehicles. What remains to be seen is whether African governments will also support the green initiative and offer subsidies to grow the sector. Presently the government of Kenya restricts importation of second hand vehicles older than seven years to reduce on the emissions older engines are known to emit and also keep old and potentially un safe vehicles from Kenyan roads.
Tesla promises the Model 3 will be available in the US before the end of 2017 with other countries following suit shortly after. For the Kenyan car enthusiast, it should be possible to have 2017’s most coveted all electric vehicle on Kenyan roads in time for the 2017 Christmas holidays.Images by TESLA via tesla.com