Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Chief Elon Musk said during the Model 3 unveiling that the $35,000 vehicle will be able to travel at least 215 miles on a fully charged battery. Earlier this week, the company’s VP of Investor Relations Jeff Evanson confirmed that the automaker will be using a battery pack of smaller than 60kWh.
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The small battery capacity implies that the compact sedan’s aerodynamic performance will be essential to achieve the expected range, similar to its predecessors, even with higher battery capacity. During the Model 3 event, Mr. Musk also stated that the vehicle will achieve 0.21drag coefficient (Cd), making it the most aerodynamic mass-market vehicle ever built.