When Tesla CEO Elon Musk first unveiled the Model 3 he promised a 215-mile range and an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in seconds. We’re still expecting the company to cut corners somewhere with the upcoming $35,000 electric vehicle, but a new report reveals how Tesla’s latest car could actually rival the power of the more expensive Model S.
Electrek reports that the Model 3 will feature some new specially-designed parts, citing an anonymous source with inside information. Specifically, the company asked engineers to develop a totally new inverter system for transferring energy from the battery to the motor. The new inverter could be comparable to the Model S system, despite the Model 3’s smaller size and cheaper price.
Additionally, the Model 3’s inverter system apparently feature 25 percent fewer unique parts, which should make it easier to mass produce and less prone to issues. That’s good news considering some of the problems plaguing early versions of the Model X SUV.
Tesla appears to be using the Model 3 to rethink its strategy at a larger scale. The affordable electric vehicle’s already racked up hundreds of thousands of reservations, giving the company a chance to try something new and exciting with the upcoming car. We can’t wait to see what else the company comes up with, though the Model 3 won’t actually rollout until late 2017 at the soonest.