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Dual motor Qs and speculation

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    So, obviously there's no pricing on the dual motor setup for the Model 3 yet. What are your thoughts on its pricing and specs? It appears that on the Model S there's generally about a $5k difference between a dual and single motor setup. The Model 3 is a cheaper vehicle with a cheaper motor. $3,5k perhaps? Also, judging from the range difference on the S, the ranges would probably be bumped up by something like, what, 220->229mi / 310->322mi?

    I'm also curious as to why there's so little performance difference on the S dual-motor setups (except for the performance versions). The specs cite much more horsepower on the dual-motor setups, yet the 0-60 times are almost unchanged, often only 0,1s. Is it safe to assume that that horsepower is basically inaccessible (e.g. due to power electronics / battery / wiring / etc constraints)?

    How important do you think having a dual motor setup would be for snow and ice over RWD?
     
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    Dual motors is worth $5K for northerners. Tesla would be generous at $3.5K.
     
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    #3 KarenRei, Aug 1, 2017
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    Do you think they'll charge the same on the 3 that they charge on the S? Because dual motor costs $5k extra on the S. By comparison, adding 90mi of range costs $9k on the 3 but $23k on the S.

    I think as it stands, if they charged $3k or less it'd be a definite "yes" from me. $3-5k a "maybe", and over $5k probably a "no". It's hard for me to justify inflating the vehicle's price by over 15% just for AWD.

    But we'll see how I feel closer to purchase time. Particularly inclusive of how my country's EV tax rates fare, which will determine how much I have to spend.
     
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    If I ran Tesla I would charge $5K. This choice of making more money while building fewer AWD cars is a win.

    Tesla learned with the early model S that warranty work on drive units can be very expensive.

    The base model 3 makes no money. $9K for the big battery is showing off and making a point. Everything else needs to have decent margins.
     
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    To me the main benefit of Dual Motors is getting Regen on the front wheels.
    Although, it seems to not benefit range as much as I would have expected.
    However, I can only speculate that the car will feel more stable under regen, especially in traction challenged situations.
    Secondly, I hope acceleration gets improved, by at least 1/2 sec (and ideally 1.5s via a P version).
     
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    Acceleration improvements are marginal in the S - 0,4 seconds in the earlier models and 0,1 seconds in the later, at least according to the official spec sheet. I'd guess that it'd be the same for the Model 3 - if you want more acceleration, you have to pay separately to upgrade the wiring, inverter, etc.
     
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    Dual motors will most likely cost $5k. These are also a new line of motors for the M3, not the same motors from the S. Maybe Tesla will lower the cost a bit, but by $1.5k? Not seeing it happen.
     
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    Elon tweeted some time ago that the dual would be less than $5k. I'm guessing $4500.
     
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    Yes he did. Trevor thinks it will be $4000 but i bet your in the ballpark.

    So the question is, would you take EAP or AWD if you had $5000 to spend? EAP can be upgraded by software easily in the future. AWD and battery can not.
     
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    Exactly, I'm thinking of deferring purchasing EAP until it's more mature, but we don't yet know the cost penalty of buying it later. I'm hoping we will before I configure my AWD.:rolleyes:
     
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    Would dual motors in the 3 really improve range?
    The RWD non-P Model 3 seems to have a more modest motor than S&X.
    Perhaps the range entending effect of the D will be greatly diminished in the case of the 3? Focus on economy in the design process has been on economy, a lot. Tires, aero...why not the motor?
    The Model S RWD was there to impress people. Saving consumption to eek out a few more miles was not worth it, the Model S needed to convert and stun people. Model 3 just needs to not suck.

    About range, if you don't take aero wheels, you may lose more range than you're realistically going to gain from the D?
     
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    Adding more power and more grip and only getting a tenth of a second in the 0-60mph is just another example of Tesla software handicapping their cars .
     
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    Here's the tweet: Elon Musk on Twitter
     
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    #14 KarenRei, Aug 1, 2017
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    I would assume so, for the same reasons as the S. Every motor, including that of the 3, will have an optimal performance band, and having two motors lets you control that better over differing driving conditions.

    Lol, I would pay extra for aero wheels over stupid "baller" wheels that hurt 95% of the performance aspects of the vehicle (including aero)

    Not necessarily. A motor doesn't run itself - an inverter does. And power electronics are expensive - the more power you want, the more it costs you. You also need heftier cabling (more copper) and potentially better cooling.

    I don't doubt that Tesla's margins are highest on their performance vehicles. But let's not pretend that the performance is just some sort of software handicap. There can be software handicaps, but they're generally to protect the motors and electronics (and can potentially be relaxed with time as Tesla gets more data about how well the motors take it). Look at the launch mode controversy for an example - they let you do a given number of launches, but cap it off - not because there's some secret profit to be made from some later upgrade, but because they don't want you burning out your powertrain. Same with supercharger limitations.
     

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