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Tesla Model 3 Musings: Stylish vs Practical, 13-Year-Old vs Dad

I know, I know — we’re all eagerly awaiting actual information and pics from tesla regarding the Model 3. This isn’t that, but it’s fun. One of our readers reached out to me about some Tesla Model 3 renderings he and his son had put together, eager to share them with more people. What better place than EV Obsession? Enjoy his article and their pics below.

By Peter Forint

As any father can attest, there’s only one thing luckier than having a 13-year-old son, and that’s having a 13-year-old son who shares some of your passions.  For my son Nathan and me, one of those shared passions is cars, and ever since the scream of, “Dad warn me the next time you stomp on it!,” when we test drove a Tesla Model S, we’ve both been anticipating the Tesla for the masses, the Model 3.

That test drive was in late 2014, and now that the great unveiling of the Model 3 is almost here, we can’t stop talking about what it will be like. So here are our predictions.

We’ve always thought the Model S cut a similar profile to the Mazda 3, which is no big surprise if you know that Franz von Holzhausen was Mazda’s director of design before becoming Tesla’s senior design executive. Hence, Nathan’s vision of the Tesla Model 3 is of similar footprint and shape to Mazda’s best-selling car. There would be enough of a difference in size to justify its significantly lower price compared to the Model S and X while sharing an undeniable familial design esthetic.

I took a different approach; if Tesla were to make its entry-level car a practical two-box people mover, it could do far worse than to borrow from its former collaborator Mercedes and its B-Class. This type of vehicle would be very easy to do with the Tesla chassis design, and with its ultra-low center of gravity, be the best-handling family and cargo mover ever built.

So, will the Model 3 be sleek and stylish per the 13-year-old’s musing, or will it put function ahead of fashion per good ol’ Dad’s ideas? Either way, we can’t wait!

Tesla Model 3 - Sleek and Stylish (Nathan Forint)

Tesla Model 3 Sleek and Stylish (Nathan Forint, Son)

Tesla Model 3 Muse - Practical (Peter Forint)

Tesla Model 3 People Mover (Peter Forint, DAD)

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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