Saturday, July 9, 2016

Team Rausch Goes Electric; Reserves Tesla Model 3
and Accelerates Sustainable Transport!


From a young age I've always enjoyed cars, and reserving the Tesla Model 3 is not only exciting but also makes me feel like a kid again!

When asked by folks why I'm going "electric" I explain that what excites me about the Model 3 is how groundbreaking an automobile it is. Is it electric? Absolutely, 100%. It will also clock 0-60mph in less than 6 seconds. It's American made. The base price is $35,000 and it will comfortably seat five adults with more interior room than a BMW 3-series or my current Saab 9-3. This is possible, in part, because the driving position and fronts seats have been moved forward which is not possible in a combustable front engine car (the engine is in the way). The rear seats are also pushed toward the rear of the car and with an all glass roof there is not only more headroom, the experience is said to be unforgettable.

See additional specs below.
2017 Tesla Model 3
BASE PRICE$35,000 (excluding applicable tax credits)
VEHICLE LAYOUTRear- or front/rear-motor, RWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
MOTOR(S)AC induction, 221-hp/244 lb-ft front; 235-hp/317-ft-lb rear*
TRANSMISSION1-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT4,200-4,350 lb*
WHEELBASE113.0 in*
L X W X H184.1 x 74.2 x 56.5 in*
0-60 MPH5.9 sec (mfr est)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECONNot yet rated
ON SALE IN U.S.Late 2017
*MT estimates based on image scaling, best intelligence.
The other point I quickly make when telling friends about my Model 3 is that it's a beautiful car! The lines are amazing and distinct. In a world where most four door sedans look the same, the Model 3 stands out like none other. One of the most distinct cars I've owned was a 1999 Saab 9-3. With a narrow and unique stance, functional hatchback and swedish styling my friends and family always knew when I was arriving. Who doesn't like to stand out in the crowd? Well, in my new Model 3 standing out won't be a problem unless I'm mistaken for one of my fellow 400,000 TM3 drivers?


Of course, this car is electric and who wouldn't love that?! It's efficient, good for the environment, costs less to operate and maintain. The Model 3 packs performance, safety and spaciousness into a premium sedan that only Tesla can build. Their most affordable car yet, Model 3 achieves 215 miles of range per charge while starting at only $35,000 before incentives. This car is the future and it's here today -- well, it's here in late 2017 or maybe 2018! 



Lastly, I admit to being a Saab enthusiast in search for a new automotive brand. Although I currently drive a completely adequate and lovely 2009 Saab 9-3, it lacks the soul and spirit of earlier Saabs pre-2003 when GM leadership ordered a complete overhaul and redesign. With the new and innovative Tesla Model 3, I am excited about cars in a way I haven't been since being a kid. The Model 3 is an American made engineering marvel that has beauty and brawn. I've sat behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S and Model X in a showroom floor but have never driven one. Once my very own Model 3 arrives I'm betting I'll only drive Tesla's for the remainder of my motoring years!

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