Tesla may release a Long Range Plus Model 3 in China this week

Tesla China Model 3 configurator

Tesla’s lineup of vehicles may be expanding as soon as this week as Tesla is reportedly planning on releasing a Model 3 with a big range increase.

The current Long Range (LR) Model 3 in China has an estimated range of  up to 590km on a single charge, based on China’s NEDC rating system. According to sources who did not want to be identified as they were not authorized to discuss the matter, the new Model 3 will have a range of more than 650km (404 miles) (via Car and Driver).

If the information is true, the current record holder for longest range Tesla, held by the Long Range Plus Model S which has an EPA estimated range of 629km, will continue to hold its title as the NEDC rating system is more optimistic than the North American EPA rating.

If this version of the Model 3 were to come to North America, it is expected the EPA rating would fall within the range of 571km to 587km (355-365 miles).

The price of this Model 3 hasn’t been decided yet according to the sources. The current LR Model 3 in China starts at ¥377,400 ($75,100CAD) after incentives.

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