Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Motors, has accepted that the Model 3 is having an issue with brakes and assured that in upcoming several days, a firmware update release will be made to resolve the same.
This problem in braking system was highlighted by Consumer Reports in one of their evaluations. Patrick Olsen, the reporter from Consumer Reports who covered the story, stated that the testing team at Consumer Reports found major problems in the tests on emergency braking, which included longer distance to stop the car, along with complicated controls for the same. The team highlighted that the stopping distance was found to be 46m or 152ft, which is way more than the competing cars checked by the team.
Although Tesla team had initially challenged the report and stated that under their own tests, the distance for braking was found to be around 133ft and as low as 126ft with specific configuration.
However, Elon Musk afterwards announced via Twitter that this problem will be resolved before the week comes to an end. He also assured that with more advancements, the company can make the braking distance better than original specifications and that the company will not rest till the Model 3 has safer system for braking than any other competitor.
The car in question, Model 3, the highly anticipated successor of Model S, had almost 400,000 preorders. The base model is priced at $35,000, relatively low-priced version aimed for masses. The higher version of the same, which is more fast and has higher power, is priced at $78,000 and is devoid of the Autopilot feature. Tesla Model 3 saw a lot of hold-ups in the manufacturing process.
In the light of all these, Consumer Reports, which earlier described Model 3 as a sedan with impressive performance, no longer advocate Model 3.