Tesla confirms base Model 3 will have less than 60 kWh battery pack option

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http://electrek.co/2016/04/26/tesla-model-3-battery-pack-cost-kwh/

Keep in mind Tesla has better aerodynamics than everyone else so there's less need to a larger battery. Let's keep an open mind about this news, it's not like the battery will be 30kWh. More like 55 most likely. Remember, the 60kWh Model S achieved the same range and it's a bigger heavier vehicle.

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As Elon said, the base model will do 215 EPA miles (320Kms) on the base battery. Looks like the cost reductions from the Gigafactory is going to pay off handsomely but I suspect Tesla new this was going to happen all along. You don't build a massive factory and hope the costs some down. They've done the modelling and engineering before any of this stuff was decided upon.
 

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I hope the model 3 has a battery pack similar to the new S 60. A 75 KWH throttled down to 60 KWH. (Not those numbers but similar values for the smaller car). I watched TrevP's 3rd podcast and it was stated that you could charge the 60 KWH to 100% without harming the battery, because of the hidden capacity, where the 75 KWH should only be charged to 80%. This gives both batteries the same usable range except in those cases where you need to change the 75 KWH to 100% to use on trips. That would be much better than having a 215 mile range battery that you could only get a usable 172 miles out of for normal driving.