Entry-Level Tesla Model 3 Delayed But At Least It Won’t Brake Like A Full-Sized Truck

Following Consumer Reports’ decision not to recommend the Tesla Model 3, CEO Elon Musk has promised to fix the car’s dismal brakes.

In a tweet, the outspoken executive suggested the braking issue could be fixed through a firmware update. Musk went on to say owners can expect the update will roll out “in the next few days” and it should improve braking distances. He added, “Tesla won’t stop until [the] Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.”

This is a sharp contrast to yesterday when Consumer Reports revealed the braking system on the Model 3 was “far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested.” Their car required an average of 152 feet (46.3 meters) to stop from 60 mph (96 km/h) and the group noted this was about 7 feet (2.1 meters) longer than the Ford F-150.

It also looked like Tesla was planning to go to war with Consumer Reports once again as a company spokesperson disputed their findings and said the company’s own tests showed the Model 3 only needs 133 feet (40.5 meters) to stop from 60 mph (96 km/h).

In other news, Musk revealed the $35,000 Model 3 isn’t coming anytime soon. In a second tweet, pointed out by CNBC, Musk said shipping the entry-level Model 3 right away would have caused the company to lose money and “die.” He went on to say Tesla needs to get Model 3 production up to 5,000 units a week and then wait an additional 3-6 months before they can ship the base model.

The news will likely anger fans who reserved the entry-level model as the company’s website was claiming the base car would go into production this year. Yesterday, the page was quietly updated to say the standard model won’t arrive for another 6-12 months.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    More bs about prior Tesla promises from Musk. Who believes this triple speak clown anymore????

    • Six_Tymes

      warped

  • Six_Tymes

    Give credit where credit is due, HES ON IT Immediately, unlike other car companies.

    • Brent Morrison

      Of course he is, his company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

    • Arthur Burnside

      Amazingly supid remark – a software bug that Tesla missed but Consumer Reports (and other earlier testers also noted). And Musk doesn’t follow his normal trend of denying reality and blaming the testers. Obviously, non-auto engineer Musk had no clue as to why the brakes failed until the brake guys, panic-striken by the wide media coverage of yet another Tesla disaster (multiple Autopilot
      crashes) repeated the failure and provided the fix and told their braindead CEO what happened and to stop denying reality. So when will the lawsuits arrive from victims whose cars wrecked because of the brake failure bug arrive at TEsla’s overburneded legal liability desk? Liar should be Elon Musk’s middle name – he’s fully earned it

  • LWOAP

    Of course the entry level model got delayed.

  • krusshall

    So how many on the wait list put down $1000 for the base car? How thrilled you must be now. There’s just something wrong with a company where major announcements are divulged via a tweet.

    • Brent Morrison

      Reality Distortion Field is strong

    • Jay

      i got out a few months back, ordered a BMW plug in already on way for delivery costing less than whats available on on the Model 3 in a much higher class of car with way more features and luxury. This shit really is ridiculous and has me lose all faith and advocacy in the brand. Tesla is not for for savvy minded consumers at all and when I hear an apologist they seem to be very dim about tech and industry. I dont need their higher spec model for anything and i was going to sacrifice esthetics for it as its not a pretty car.

      Now said affordable car will get no tax incentives by roll out and has been delayed countless times into mid 2019. If i kept my deposit it would have been a 3+ year wait.. insane.

  • Brent Morrison

    Tesla will be bought by the Chinese anyways

    • LWOAP

      It’s the American way.

    • Richard Alexander

      …for $40 a share……

  • Vince

    Tesla is crap anyway …
    please stop bothering us with this smartphones on wheel company …

  • benT

    If you go to Youtube and cutNpaste this following text you will see a truck stopping.

    “Volvo truck emergency braking system – How it Works”

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