Tesla to stop selling $35,000 Model 3 online

Tesla to stop selling $35,000 Model 3 online

Previously, the starting price for a Model 3 in China was 407,000 yuan for a rear-wheel-drive long range version with no Autopilot. Tesla added the revised Standard Range has a 10-percent reduction in range from the Standard Plus model and several normally standard options are disabled to keep the price down. Interestingly, Tesla said lease customers won't get the option to buy back their vehicles at the end of the term, because "with full autonomy coming in the future via an over-their-air software update, we plan to use those vehicles in the Tesla ride-hailing network", Tesla wrote. Customers who want this version from now on won't be able to get it from Tesla's online ordering menu - they'll have to call or visit a store instead.

Tesla says the changes were motivated by making online ordering more simple as well as responding to market demands.

Apparently addressing controversy over Autopilot price cuts, Tesla has chose to simply bundle the feature as a standard safety feature across its entire lineup.

Tesla said the move was largely due to the fact that the Plus has been outselling the Standard Range by a factor of 6 to 1. 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).

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If you take a look at the US configurator for the Model 3, you'll notice three options (Standard Range Plus with RWD, Long Range AWD, and Performance AWD) and a starting price of $39,500 before savings. The electric automaker announced that deliveries of the Standard range model will begin as soon as this weekend.

To make the vehicle more affordable, Tesla also announced that it will offer leases on the Model 3. U.S. customers can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on their budgets and driving. Buyers do have the option to unlock those features at a later date, though, essentially upgrading the vehicle from Standard Range to Standard Range Plus. A Standard Range Plus Model 3 without any options nets a $504 per month payment for 36 months, 10,000 miles, and $3,000 down.

The long-awaited US$35,000 Tesla Model 3 has been pulled from the company's online configurator and sales site, after just six weeks on sale.

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