C&D Employee Brings A Magnet To The Tesla 3 Unveiling...
Car & Driver
Aaron Robinson -April 1, 2016
...we don't have a whole lot more details about the Model 3.
Musk says the base model will have a 215-mile range and will accelerate from zero to 60
mph in less than six seconds. There also will be a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version. He
also promises that it will achieve five-star crash-test ratings and that Autopilot hardware
will be standard. The company is otherwise being very stingy with the details. For
example, it won’t tell us the sizes of the available batteries or what the car is made out of.
The Model S and Model X are primarily aluminum, but that’s an expensive material and,
at the Model 3’s price, a tough cost challenge. Even so, during our brief test ride, we quietly
touched a small magnet to various outer panels, the inner doors, and the structural pillar
between the doors and got not a single quiver of attraction. A Tesla engineer told us the car
is a mix of steel and aluminum but refused to elaborate. Unless the prototypes we sat in
were made from nonproduction materials, there’s not much steel in that body...
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I'm wondering if anyone thought about FIBERGLASS?