The Tesla Model 3 is available in three versions (Standard Plus, Long Range and Performance) with differences in power, battery, range and transmission. After our test of the Large Autonomy version last year, here is a version eagerly awaited since the beginning of 2020, the Standard Plus. Its asset? A price of € 46,600 (after deduction of the ecological bonus of € 3,000) and a WLTP autonomy announced at 409 km by Tesla. This version only hasa single electric motor placed on the rear axle, making it a two-wheel drive unlike the Large Autonomy and Performance versions which have two electric motors and four-wheel drive.
It's silly, but the American manufacturer Tesla no longer communicates the power and capacities of the batteries in its cars. Indiscretions and user feedback, however, suggest three figures for this Model 3 Standard Plus: power of 275 hp, actual battery capacity Panasonic of 53.6 kWh and useful capacity of 49.6 kWh. In the absence of official figures, they lay a credible basis.
For this test of the Model 3 Standard Plus, we chose to take it on our test route for electric vehicles, which consists of a motorway journey and a road journey (see infographic above). We wanted to compare its electricity consumption compared to models that pass the same test (see all the autonomy results of electric cars). This route is traced on the basis of two charging stations (an Izivia 50 kW at Croissy-Beaubourg and an Ionity at the gates of Reims). The Model 3 has its own network of Superchargers and that's good: there is a station in Marne-la-Vallée near the start of our test route.
Before departure, note that our Model 3 test is without option and this highlights the good standard equipment of the Model 3. At a price of € 46,600, the Standard Plus version has in particular the GPS, the adaptive cruise control, the lane change alert , the hands-free system, the rear view camera, the electric / heated front seats, the panoramic glass roof, the pearly white color and the 18-inch rims (see standard equipment in detail on page 5). At this price, competitors with an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series type thermal engine cannot say the same, even if they have lighter finishes and greater mobility for travel. And direct competition from other electric cars is still nonexistent.
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