Tesla Model 3 Updates & Roundup: Higher Range Than Bolt EV; Elon Musk Confirms No HUD

Mar 29, 2017 05:30 AM EDT | Andrew Davis

Tesla Model 3 will NOT have a head-up display (HUD) and this has finally been confirmed by Elon Musk on a series of tweets. Also, the co-founder and CEO of Tesla again hinted on Twitter that the Model 3 could have more range compared with the Bold EV. In fact, these tweets were in response to fans pleading for the HUD for the former and more range for the latter.

Range. When Elon Musk tweeted that the model 3 was going to be called Model S3X, a Twitter follower pleaded for the Model 3 to have more range than the Chevy Bolt. Considering Elon almost always drops hints and is serious with his Tweets, this is no confirmation that indeed the 3 will have a higher range.

The question is will this be the base model? Because as one Twitter user pointed out, there is only one Chevy Bolt to compare the 3 with. And it has a range of 238 miles and is available today for $37,500, while the Model 3 promises for 215 miles for $35,000.

He could be also referring to the model fitted with a bigger battery, according to MotorAuthority. Musk revealed last Friday in a separate Twitter post that the 3 could handle a 75 kWh based on the current "cell-module energy densities" of Tesla's batteries. This is all thanks to its shorter wheelbase.

Now, with a 75kwh battery, the Tesla Model more than that of the Model S with the same battery at 249 miles. These are all theories, however.

NO HUD. Yet again on Twitter, 19 hours as of this writing, Elon Musk went another step further and confirmed that the Tesla Model 3 will have no HUD, in response to a fan "begging" to have a traditional speedometer for those who will not use the Autopilot feature. And he is confident people "won't care."

Jalopnik notes that this is indeed confirmation that speedometer information will not be a traditional display, nor an HUD in front of the driver. And since the Tesla Model 3 is suppose to have an ultra minimalistic interior, a center-mounted display (based on the photos circulating on the internet), which closely resembles a giant iPad, could serve as both an instrument cluster and center stack. But then again, this could be something else.

Production. Production is set to begin in July with the company predicting an annual production to reach as high as 500,000 units by as early as 2018. This is a pretty ambitious feat, as the Tesla produced under 84,000 cars in 2016.

Whatever Elon Musk has in store for us, we will have to patiently wait for the official unveiling of Tesla Model 3. In the meantime, what do you think of the EV's missing HUD?

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