Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus Orders Open In Europe, China

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range dropped from online configurator

"Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies of scale required to manufacture the standard range (220-mile), standard interior Model 3 at $35k and still be a viable company".

Tesla is apparently moving to retire the $35,000 entry-level Model 3 before shipping the first units, though Autopilot comes standard and customers can now lease the auto. Customers can still order it, but only by phone or from a physical Tesla store.

Tesla has been adjusting prices of its USA -made cars in China to remain affordable in the country, a move also aimed at fending off competition from a swathe of domestic EV startups such as Nio Inc, Byton and XPeng Motors. Just like in the USA, the entry-level version with a range of 386 kilometres has added Tesla's semi-autonomous driving technology as part of its standard equipment list.

Tesla's announcement also said it would begin leasing the Model 3, but would not offer customers the option to buy the cars after their leases expired, a departure from the typical industry practice and its own policy on other models. "Between the cost cuts, waning demand for its vehicles and now making the US$35,000 Model 3 much harder to buy, the company is now quietly realising it has to play by the same rules as every other automaker".

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The $35,000 Model 3 will no longer be available online, and several features, including heated seats, will be disabled. The lease runs for 36 months, and lessees can choose from three annual mileage allotments - 10,000, 12,000 or 15,000 miles per year.

Tesla has changed its mind on the Model 3 again. That likely puts the Model 3 Standard Range's price at about $37,000 or possibly $38,000. The same autonomous driving auto will be used in the fleet of the Tesla Model 3 taxi service. The Ride Hailing service from Tesla, when launched, is expected to be one of the world's first taxi services with fully automatic electric cars. According to Tesla's data, the Standard Plus outsold the $35,000 base auto by a ratio of 6:1.

The cheapest Model 3s ordered online will now include Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance system and a longer battery range, features that increase the price to $39,500.

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