Tesla officially entered Thailand with the release of the Model 3 and Model Y. There are three variants of the Model 3 available; the rear-wheel drive variant is priced at 1.7 million baht (RM220k), Long Range AWD at 1.9 million baht (RM250k), and Performance at 2.3 million baht (RM289k).
First of all, to start with, Tesla has officially entered Thailand with the launch of the Model 3 and the Y.
The rear-wheel drive variant features a rear-mounted electric motor powered by a 57.5 kWh battery with an EV range of 559 km on the NEDC cycle. The electric motor produces 347 PS and 420 Nm of torque for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds, while its top speed is 225 km/h. The rear-wheel drive variant supports AC charging up to 7.6 kW and DC fast charging up to 250 kW.
Moving up the ladder, the Long Range AWD variant is powered by two electric motors (one front and one rear). They are powered by a larger 75 kWh battery with an electric range of up to 681 km based on the NEDC cycle. The most powerful variant produces 514PS and 493Nm for a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds, with a top speed increased to 233km/h. The Long Range AWD variant supports up to 11.5 kW of AC charging and up to 250 kW of DC charging.
At the top is the Performance variant, which also features two electric motors for all-wheel drive capabilities. The electric motors also draw power from a 75 kWh battery that returns up to 608 km of range based on the NEDC cycle and supports AC charging up to 11.5 kW and DC fast charging up to 250 kW. This being the Performance variant, 0-100 km/h takes just 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 261 km/h.
The top Performance variant stands out with 20-inch Uberturbine alloy wheels, a Performance Brake system, a carbon-fiber rear wing, and aluminum pedals. Standard features include 18-inch wheels and a 15-inch touchscreen for accessing the vehicle’s various features, including Tesla Autopilot.
In addition to the Model 3, the Model Y was also released at the same time. Like the Model 3, it is also available in three variants with the rear-wheel drive variant priced at 1.9 million baht (RM245k), the Long Range AWD priced at 2.2 million baht (RM283k) and the High-end performance of 2.5 million baht (RM314k). ).
The rear-wheel drive variant has a rear-mounted electric motor rated at 347PS and 420Nm. It draws power from a 57.5 kWh lithium-ion battery with up to 510 km of electric range based on the NEDC cycle and supports fast charging up to 7.6 kW AC and 250 kW DC. The rear-wheel drive accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 217 km/h.
As for the Long Range and Dual Motor Performance variants, both are equipped with 75 kWh batteries and support fast charging up to 11.5 kW AC and up to 250 kW DC. As for power, the Long Range variant produces 514 PS while the Performance variant offers 534 PS. Both variants produce 493 Nm of torque.
The Long Range variant accelerates from 0-100 km/h in five seconds with a top speed of 217 km/h, while the Performance variant is quicker at 3.7 seconds and a top speed of over 250 km/h. True to its name, the Long Range version offers up to 623 km, while the Performance offers up to 582 km of range.
At the launch, Tesla also revealed that it will open its first supercharger station by Q1 2023, with at least 10 more stations to follow by 2023. Superchargers are claimed to be able to power the car to return 275km of range in just 15 minutes.
Here in Malaysia, Tesla is not officially represented. However, there are plenty of Tesla electric vehicles brought in by parallel importers from the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Now that EVs are finally gaining ground here, do you think Tesla should enter the Malaysian market and set up its own supercharger network? Comment below!