Tesla’s Model 3 will sire an affordable EV range

Tesla’s new Model 3 EV will spawn a new sedan and crossover, the company has confirmed, as it readies its defenses against car industry stalwarts. The Model 3, expected to hit roads in 2017, will be the first car to use Tesla’s third-generation platform, intended to be more affordable than the current second-gen platform that the existing Model S is based upon.

Tesla chief technical officer JB Straubel discussed the follow-ups to the Model S at the the EIA Energy Conference in Washington D.C. today. While Straubel’s confirmation that Tesla is planning for cars “beyond” the Model 3 doesn’t really come much as a surprise, the exec nonetheless did begin to touch on how the firm might achieve founder Elon Musk’s ambitious sales goals.

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