Submitted by denkav2 on Thu, 2017-06-22 20:55
If the 312 mile range for the 75kWh Model 3 ends up being about right, then factoring that down would give a theoretical 50kWh battery Model 3 a range of about 208 miles. With a bit greater efficiency due to lower weight, that figure could even reach the 215 mile mark.
Now I am not suggesting that such a model would be available early on because we all know (don’t we) that the base model will come with a 60kWh battery. Assuming that the base 60kWh battery model comes in as planned at $35,000, a 50kWh model may be priced about $30,000 or even a bit less. If that were released at the time that the US tax credit phases out, it could help to keep the reservations and orders ticking along at least for those people happy with a lower range.
It would also bring the Model 3 into a lower price point and be potentially more attractive to many more ICE buyers and more attractive in overseas markets.