Looking at Tesla’s lineup is a reminder this is the brand — no, automobile manufacturer — that has properly jump-started the transition from the gas-powered vehicle to electric.
With a lineup of four different vehicles on the road and two more models on the way, Tesla is well-positioned to continue to help drive the industry forward. Though the company likes to rework its pricing on a whim, its lineup of vehicles isn’t any more or less expensive than some of the competition and, in many cases, offers more range, more speed, and advanced features like Enhanced Autopilot.
Taking a look at their four main vehicles is a helpful glance at what the future holds for the rest of the EV industry as brands like Kia, Hyundai, and Volkswagen make the shift into going all-electric over the next decade or two.
Here is a look at every car Tesla makes today and those coming soon.
Currently Available Tesla Models
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S isn’t the company’s first electric car, it belongs to the original Tesla Roadster, which was released in 2008.
Developing the Model S began in 2007 and the car would make its official debut on June 22, 2012. Now, some 11 years later, the car looks mostly the same on the outside even as its interior has seen some big changes over the years.
Today, the Tesla Model S Plaid is the company’s flagship automobile and is currently one of the fastest street-legal vehicles in the United States. Available with 396 miles of range and a starting price of $109,990, the Tesla Model S Plaid can hit 200 miles per hour and can hit 0-60 in 1.99 seconds. Even with its incredibly fast speed, that’s not the real highlight of the vehicle as it’s the recently renovated interior that helps the Tesla Model S stand out.
The focal point of the new(er) Tesla Model S rests around the 2200 x 1300 17-inch cinematic touchscreen that controls just about every function of the vehicle all while adding an assortment of games while you are waiting to recharge.
If you want to spend a little less, you can opt for the standard AWD Tesla Model S for $89,990, which offers 405 miles of range and a 3.1 second 0-60 time. Both the Dual-Motor AWD and the Plaid trims levels offer different wheel choices, interior and exterior color upgrades, as well as selecting either Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving Capability.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla’s most popular sedan and one of the best-selling EV cars to date, the Tesla Model 3 is a more recent release to the company’s lineup.
First released to the public in July 2017, the Tesla Model 3, like the Tesla Model S, has not seen many iterations in the way of the exterior of the vehicle since its launch. What was most exciting and perhaps most notable about the Model 3 around its launch was the removal of any type of driver-only display.
Instead, Tesla has focused the Model 3 around a 15-inch center-mounted display that is the main focal point of all the vehicle’s functions. The car itself only has a few physical buttons around volume control and door locking while everything else, including managing air conditioning and lighting, takes place on the center screen’s menu system.
Currently, the Tesla Model 3 is available in two different configurations. The first is an RWD model that starts with an MSRP of $42,990 and includes 272 miles of range on a single charge. A Dual-Motor AWD trim levels up the starting price to $53,990 and bumps available range to 315 miles on a single charge. Like the Model S, buyers of the Model 3 can also opt-in and purchase either the Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability for an additional $6,000 or $15,000, respectively.
Tesla Model X
The first Tesla SUV, the Tesla Model X, is one of the most striking electric vehicles that properly fits the SUV category.
First launched in 2015, the Model X has gone through some notable changes including support for its popular falcon-wing doors. While not always incredibly reliable, these doors helped give the Tesla Model X a really distinct factor that helps it stand out from other SUVs on the road.
Today, Tesla offers two trim levels of the Model X, including a Dual Motor AWD model that starts at $99,990. For the price, you receive up to 351 miles of range on a single charge as well as a top speed of 149 miles per hour and a 3.8 second 0-60 time, which is downright impressive for an SUV. If you want to step up to the Plaid trim level, you can shave your 0-60 time down to 2.5 seconds while only sacrificing less than 20 miles of range (333 miles). Your overall cost will jump up to an MSRP of $109,990 and that is before you opt for the larger 22-inch wheel or different interior/exterior colors.
On the less expensive Dual-Motor trim, you can also choose between seating for five, six, or seven passengers, while the Plaid model only allows for 6 passengers in total. Additionally, you can choose between the steering wheel or yoke for steering control as well as opt into the purchase of either Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability.
Tesla Model Y
Currently the most popular electric vehicle currently in the world, the Tesla Model Y is a crossover SUV that is a natural fit in the lineup if you don’t want a sedan or a full-size SUV.
First delivered to customers in March 2020, the Tesla Model Y features an estimated 75% of its parts, including its powertrain and beautiful 15-inch center-screen display with the Tesla Model 3.
Like the Tesla Model X, the company only offers two versions of its crossover SUV model. Both options are Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and so the biggest differentiator is that one is considered a Long Range option, while the other is Performance-focused. The Long Range model has a starting MSRP of $54,990 and offers up to 330 miles of range on a single charge and a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds. With the Long Range trim, you have your choice of different interior and exterior colors, like the Performance model, but unlike the latter, offers either a five or seven-seat layout option.
The Performance trim has a starting price of $58,990 and, while it increases its 0-60 time down to 3.5 seconds, it also loses a bit of range with only 303 miles available on a single charge. Separately, the Long Range arrives with 19-inch wheels and a top speed of 135 mph, whereas the Performance model bumps the wheel size up to 21 inches and 155 mph top speed.
Future Tesla Models
Unlike anything the automobile industry has seen in recent memory, the company’s next production vehicle is a light-duty truck that looks like something out of a Hollywood movie. Unveiled in November 2019 at a literal glass-shattering event, Tesla indicated that the Cybertruck is composed of an exoskeleton of Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel along with armored glass. Tesla claims this material will help reduce or eliminate dents and long-term corrosion that could occur.
As a light-duty truck, Tesla expects that you’ll want to use the Cybertruck for some labor, and so they’ve included a payload capacity of up to 3,500 pounds as well as adding 100 cubic feet of storage space. If you find yourself needing to do some towing, you can grab up to 14,000 pounds of material to tow all while fitting up to six people in the interior of the Cybertruck.
The Tesla Cybertruck is expected to arrive in three different trim levels, including an RWD option with an estimated range of 250 plus miles. The mid-level trim of the Cybertruck is a Dual-Motor powertrain with AWD and adds up to 300 miles of range, while the third and final trim is the Tri-Motor Cybertruck, which will add over 500 miles of range on a single charge.
The company will undoubtedly adjust the starting price soon, but their last indicators gave the RWD model a starting price of $39,900, the Dual-Motor an MSRP of $49,900, and the Tri-Motor a starting price of $69,900, all of which can be pre-ordered on the Tesla website for $100.
Upon its unveiling, Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the Roadster as having 620 miles of range and hitting 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. What’s more, the CEO hinted that these specs are only for the base model of the vehicle, indicating that even more range and faster speeds may be yet to come.
The Roadster was first unveiled in 2017 with promised release dates in 2020 and 2021, which clearly has not yet happened. According to Musk’s tweets from 2021, 2023 is now the promised timeline for this ultimate electric vehicle sports car but there’s always a chance this date could be pushed back as well.
Regardless of the when, anyone looking to pick up a Tesla Roadster can currently pre-order for a $5,000 down payment due the same day as the pre-order and an additional $45,000 due within 10 days of the pre-order date. This is a pretty steep price tag for a vehicle that is yet to have a believable release date, but when it does release, there is a good chance the Roadster will quickly sell out.
Even as Tesla continues to enjoy a comfortable lead in the electric vehicle space, they are not taking it easy as far as future development. In parallel with ongoing cosmetic and software improvements to its existing vehicle lineup, the promise of the Tesla Cybertruck and Roadster will help carry the company into the future.
Rumors of an even less expensive sedan continue to persist as well and, while Tesla might not be huge on calling out model years, the Tesla Model S is long overdue for an exterior revamp. Still, Tesla’s lineup of vehicles shows that you can have outstanding technology, excellent range, and the promise of strong safety, all without paying astronomical prices.
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