The Tesla Model 3 is the long-awaited rival to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Although it has officially entered production—in very small numbers—Tesla hasn’t been completely forthcoming with official specifications. However, a new document from the EPA has provided some context.
According to documents filed with the EPA, first discovered by Inside EVs, the Tesla Model 3 boasts an 80.5 kWh battery to achieve an EPA-estimated 310 miles of range. Note, this is for Tesla’s “Long Range” Model 3 variant, which carries a $44,000 MSRP. The EPA-estimate for the 220-mile range Model 3, which starts at $35,000, remains unknown, and that car hasn’t actually entered production yet.
As well as EPA range estimates, the document reveals that the Model 3 produces 258 horsepower in this configuration and weighs 3,837 pounds sans driver. For a little comparison, the $36,620 Bolt EV utilizes a 60 kWh battery, which propels the electric drivetrain for 238 EPA-estimated miles. Additionally, it makes 200 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque, and has a curb weight of a lesser 3,580 lbs.
General Motors may not be resting for long. A previous report states Buick may be on deck to receive its own electric car based on the Bolt EV. It will feature more premium materials and a more striking design to differentiate it from its Chevrolet cousin, should the report turn out to be true. Moreover, with the added heat from Tesla, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some range improvements out of the Bolt EV as its product life cycle continues, along with other enhancements.