Tesla also recently lost a buffer on pricing because of the United States' electric vehicles policy. Other trimmed features will include range limited to 220 miles via software, loss of music streaming service, and no navigation feature. According to Tesla, the background to the changes is that six times as many copies of the "Standard Plus" version as the standard version have been sold so far and Tesla wants to "minimize complexity and streamline processes" when ordering online. Tesla downgrades the abilities of the Model 3 Standard version, limiting the miles it can travel on a single charge, blocking some autopilot features and preventing drivers from turning on the seat warmers. The standard model called "the Standard Range", and it will have a starting price of $39.000.
More changes happened this week and it's now no longer possible to buy the $35,000 Model 3 online. Customers in the U.S. can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on your driving needs and budget.
Given these developments, as well as the well-documented production and delivery difficulties, there is a real question about whether Tesla was ready to offer the Model 3 SR when they did and why they chose to announce a vehicle model they don't seem to be able to deliver. Now, the vehicle will cost $39,500, effectively making Autopilot a $2,000 premium built into the price.More news: Marcus Smart Diagnosed With Torn Oblique, To Miss 4-6 Weeks
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But those choosing leasing over owning can not purchase their auto at the end of the lease. Buyers who want it will have to special order it at store locations or on via phone. Previously, Tesla planned to put a smaller battery pack in the basic model and a larger one in the Standard Plus, the spokesman said.
"Tesla is now facing a reckoning", said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at car-shopping researcher Edmunds. A challenge to vehicle demand has been the lowering of a USA tax credit on Tesla vehicles to $3,500 from $7,500 previously.
But along with those adjustments, Tesla is de-emphasising the US$35,000 price point promised when it first unveiled the sedan in March 2016.