The Tesla Model 3 electric sedan’s long-awaited release in July poses a novel question to motorists: Has the time finally come to consider ditching the gas pump in favor of a plug?Until the Model 3 and General Motors’ Chevrolet Bolt electric car, that question was irrelevant to most because there were no long-range, battery-powered vehicles with a price anywhere near the industry’s mainstream cars.Tesla’s first electric vehicles were the Model S sedan and Model X crossover, but those ultra-luxury offerings can cost more than $100,000. Let’s just say buyers weren’t taking the plunge for the sake of saving a few bucks per day on gasoline. Related: Top four threats to Tesla’s plan for electric vehicle dominance Tesla provides first glimpse of Model 3 Tesla adding 100 service centers, 1,000 technicians as Model 3 goes on sale But the Model 3 starts at $35,000 before a $7,500 tax credit and travels at least 215 miles on a single battery charge, making the compact sedan a serious option for many American families. Tesla has released few details about technical specifications, interior design and financing options, and the company declined to comment for this story. But many of the factors to consider are already well known about the Model 3, which will reach… Read full this story
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