Tesla Motors today launched their cheapest electric vehicle yet - the Model 3 - in an event in the United States. Priced at $35,000, the Model 3 will be among the cheapest and most efficient electric cars in the world, promising upto 250 miles on a single full charge.
Elon Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that a dozen more countries will be included in the global rollout, of which India is proudly a part. Pre-orders have started for these few countries and you can now pre-book your very own Tesla Model 3 by paying $1000 as advance fees, 100% of which is refundable on non-delivery.
You may have already started thinking about how odd the idea of bringing an electric car to India is, when the ground reality shows that a significant proportion of Indians don't even have proper electricity connections.
Here are the top 10 obstacles that the Tesla Model 3 will face self-driving across the highways of India.
Oh, the holy cow! These animals seem to be omnipresent on our roads as well as some underdeveloped highways. Don't think Tesla has developed a 'Cow-Detection' mode on their system yet.
There's no shortage of people in India and quite a lot of them love to jay walk right in the middle of the road, whether be it their street or a major highway. Who's going to tell them this car is driving itself?
Some people tend to unleash the sports racer hidden in them, when driving on the highway. These people might be surprised at the Model 3 following traffic speed rules and utter out the words, "Abey dheere kya chala raha hai?"
Another species of drivers found on the highway is of particularly slow drivers. These people are either too conscious or just learning to drive, on the bloody highway. Your Tesla Model 3 might not tend to overtake them sharply, it's not an Indian driver.
If you are even slightly a VIP, this car isn't for you. Usually, 'VIPs' tend to skip toll gates because, phew, cowards pay toll fees. The Model 3 will automatically stop at such a gate so that you are obligated to pay the toll. Damn, this car is one brave piece of machine.
Now onto more serious stuff - the technicalities of it all. Tesla has installed charging stations all across major parts of the US, for support to their cars. Can India implement the same with uncertainty of electricity even in our own houses?
QUEUES AT THE CHARGING STATIONS
For once, we shall assume that Tesla has set up India-wide charging stations. The average 0-100% charging time for a Model 3 is around 2-3 hours. Assessing the demand coming in from India, you don't possibly think you'll be able to recharge your car when on a long trip. Prepare to stay overnight at motels because you are in for a ride, not quite literally though.
WHERE ARE THE LANES?
In the United States, where Tesla Motors originates from, the highways have proper lanes followed by car drivers. In India, we do have those same lanes but not the same drivers. People switch lanes like they are switching clothes. Beware: This might cause your Tesla Model 3 to stop on the side and say, "Bhai tu hi chala le".