Tesla spells out the differences between Model S, Model 3

PALO ALTO >> For customers struggling with a choice between two Tesla sedans — the Model S and the unreleased Model 3 — the electric vehicle maker has set up a handy chart.

A short summary: The Model S is an electric car starting around $70,000. The Model 3 is a slightly smaller electric car that starts around $35,000.

CEO Elon Musk said this year that some consumers have been confused about the differences between the two vehicles.

“We anti-sell the Model 3,” Musk told investors in May. “But our net reservations continue to climb week after week. No advertising, anti-selling, nothing to test drive, still grows every week.”

Analysts question whether Model 3 reservations — announced at nearly 400,000 shortly after its launch last year — will cannibalize Model S sales. Musk has refused to update Model 3 reservation numbers.

For the tale of the tape, the pricier Model S checks out a foot longer than the Model 3, has more than twice the cargo space, and carries as many as five adults and two children versus the five adults in the less-pricey sedan.

Model S buyers also get two video screens, additional custom settings, range of between 249 and 335 miles and a Ludicrous mode that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as fast as 2.3 seconds.

The basic Model 3 comes with a smaller battery pack, a full-charge range starting at 215 miles and starting line acceleration to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

“We want to be super clear that Model 3 is not version 3 of our…

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