While we only just got to experience “Part 1” of the Tesla Model 3 reveal on March 31, and “Part 2” is still probably at least a year (or more) away, speculation about what remains to be revealed has been going very strong. That’s understandable enough, after one puts a $1000 deposit down, and then has their expectations exceeded, but still has to wait ~2 more years, what else are they going to do?
So, in the spirit of pure speculation (and nothing more), let’s go over what we know so far. A recent tweet from Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk seems to confirm what many have been guessing about a link between the relatively spare design of the Model 3 interior and the company’s plans for fully autonomous driving (Level 4 autonomous technology).
@BValvsRacing It will make sense after part 2 of the Model 3 unveil
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 3, 2016
Musk was previously publicly quoted as saying that he expects fully autonomous driving to be a technical possibility by 2018. He even went as far as to state that it would be technically possible for one to summon their Tesla from one coast to the other (eg from New York to California) by 2018. (He did add that regulatory hurdles might hold up deployment.)
So, all of this considered, it seems a fair bet that the future of the company’s autonomous technology will feature prominently in Part 2 of the Model 3 reveal.
Other likely topics include: specifics as far as battery-pack size choices, pricing, performance specs, Supercharger access (Free? Or not?), etc. It also seems likely that a more developed timeline for the expected production ramp-up will be revealed as well.
I’m curious to hear what other people think will be revealed at Part 2 of the Model 3 reveal. Any other ideas?
Considering what a seemingly game-changing event Part 1 of the reveal has been, who even knows at this point. Personally I had been expecting 150,000 to 200,000 reservations in the days following the reveal — I’m a bit surprised at how high the reservation numbers have gotten, and at how much media coverage the Model 3 has been getting.