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Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 just got even harder to buy

Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 just got even harder to buy”

Yes, these are the same stores that the EV company announced it was scaling back when it first started selling the low-priced Model 3. The price in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden is equivalent to around €50,000.

Tesla increased the prices on all the Model 3's because the cars all include Autopilot standard.

This Standard Range Plus Model 3 is now the least expensive version available to order online and it now costs $40,700. This will depend on levels of continued demand for the higher end AWD and Performance variants, as well as demand for the SR+ itself. Tesla says the Standard Range vehicle is now only available by special order either over the phone or at a physical Tesla store. Thus, the latest iteration of $35,000 Model 3 loses its standard heated seats (sort of) and a couple miles of range (90% of 240 is 216, compared to its original estimated range of 220 miles). The carmaker is now backing away from its online-only ordering approach with the standard Model 3.

Before we know it, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range will only be available for purchase through Stefon.

If you look at it one way, Tesla is making a popular add-on feature standard on its Model 3 vehicles.

The Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive version has also been pulled from the online configurator to "further simplify our line-up", according to Tesla, though it can still be ordered via phone or visiting a dealer.

The company adds anyone who decides to software-limit a Standard Range Plus to Standard Range specification can do so (at any time) and receive a refund for the difference in costs.

The Standard Range vehicle, which will now cost more than the originally promised $35,000 base price ($36,200 with destination), will now only be available by special order.

Tesla is also rolling out the ability to lease a Model 3 "for a small down payment and competitive monthly payments". U.S. customers can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on their budgets and driving. Tesla says that with "full autonomy coming in the future via an over-the-air software update" the cars will form the beginning of the system that could go head to head with Uber and Lyft.



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