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How much is a Tesla Model 3?
The least expensive Tesla Model 3 is the rear-wheel-drive Standard Range Plus Model 3. This car has 262 miles of range and starts at $43,990. Although that price could change at any moment. Tesla has a habit of raising and lowering the price of the Model 3 and Model Y without warning. The last price increase of $2,000 across the board was on Oct. 24, 2021.
For those looking for all-wheel drive and more range, there’s the Long Range Model 3. It offers 353 miles of range and starts at $49,990. The Performance variant will empty your bank account to the tune of $57,990. It has a range of 315 miles, but it’ll do 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
How to turn off the Tesla Model 3
Tesla introduced a cool little trick with its vehicles. When you get out of the vehicle, it turns itself off. When you re-enter the vehicle, it turns itself back on. After driving a Tesla Model 3 for a few weeks, you may find yourself a bit frustrated that other vehicles have to be manually switched on and off.
If you need to turn off the vehicle while sitting it in, place it in Park and set the brake, and via the infotainment touchscreen navigate to Controls > Safety & Security > Power Off to turn the Model 3 off.
How long does it take to charge a Tesla Model 3?
Charging speed depends on a variety of factors. If the vehicle is connected to one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations, Tesla says the station will add 175 miles of range in 15 minutes. As with most automakers, these charging speeds are typically based on charging up to 80% in moderate weather. Anything past that, and charging slows down due to the physics of batteries.