Elon Musk is no stranger to Twitter, where he regularly writes updates regarding his multiple businesses and projects. In keeping with this informative pattern, he recently sent out a series of tweets that shed some more light on the upcoming release of the Model 3. Musk used the popular social media app to reveal that the company will offer a dual motor, all-wheel drive option for an additional $5,000.
The Model 3 is set to be released in July, when deliveries will start on what is intended to be the company’s first high-volume vehicle. It’s been compared to the BMW M3, but Musk claims it’s even faster and handles better. The announcement comes in the wake of some internal issues involving Tesla’s investors and nine-person board, specifically dealing with production delays.
He also tweeted, "Will soon enable Tesla owners to request service from their phone with a few taps. Tesla Ranger will come to you to take care of your car. No need to bring the car in yourself & zero paperwork,” as well as some details about the Model 3.
The car, which costs around $78,000, will have a 310-mile range, can go 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 155 mph. With the $5,000 AWD option, the range stays the same but the 0 to 60 mph is 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph. And the dual motor feature means that owners "can fully drive the car even if one breaks.” Musk went on to explain, "Tesla dual motor means there is a motor in front & a motor in rear. One is optimized for power & one for range. Car drives fine even if a motor breaks down…”