Tesla's $35000 Model 3 is no longer available to order online

Tesla's $35000 Model 3 is no longer available to order online

Under the new decision, the Tesla Model 3 base will now cost $39,500 with standard Auto-pilot. In Germany, Tesla is charging a base price of 44,500 euros (plus a handling fee of 980 euros) for this version, which offers a WLTP range of 415 km. All Tesla vehicles that can be ordered online now come with the driver-assistance system Autopilot standard, the company said in a blog post. However, without the model listed on the website, Tesla is keeping customers in the dark about its availability.

To make that easier to stomach, Tesla has also introduced leasing.

With the standard version, the vehicle's range is limited through software by 10% and some functions are deactivated (such as the music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualisation and heated seats).

The Standard version will have its range limited by 10 percent-which means 216 miles of range for the Standard, versus 240 miles for the Plus, according to Tesla.

Buyers can still order the cheapest Model 3 via a phone order or at a physical Tesla store.

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The move comes just over a month after Tesla announced that the $35,000 version was finally coming to market. "Because most Tesla buyers opt to pay extra for all the high-tech features, this likely won't have a huge impact on Model 3 sales, however, it does deliver another tough blow to the company's reputation".

The changes were being made "to simplify vehicle choices and make Autopilot more affordable", the post said.

"Tesla is now facing a reckoning", said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at car-shopping researcher Edmunds. Now, it goes for $39,500 with Autopilot included. Opening up the SR+ for orders now will allow Tesla to gauge the demand mix, and plan production and delivery timing for the different variants.

The Model 3 Standard Range is the only Model 3 variant to escape a price hike, as well. The auto has been flaunted as an affordable electric vehicle with a sub-$40k starting price for years, but a few months after bringing its base Standard Range model to market, the vehicle is now gone from Tesla's website. The company warns that customers who choose leasing will not have the option to buy the auto at the end of the term, as the vehicles will be used for Tesla's ride-hailing network.

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