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

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

Troy Powers
April 14, 2019

Dubbed 'Standard Range', the entry-level Model 3 offered 220mi (354km) of range, and a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 5.6 seconds. Our assumption is that European and Chinese buyers will be able to order the base model in the same manner as in the United States - by calling or ordering from a Tesla store. The same goes for the Model 3 Long Range in rear-wheel-drive configuration.

US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc on Friday said it has started taking orders in China for a lower-priced version of its Model 3 auto, as it seeks to expand its lineup and boost sales in the world's biggest EV market.

Tesla announced major changes to its model lineup Thursday, especially the Model 3, in an effort to shore up sales.

It's also worth noting that Tesla has scrapped building a separate version of the base trim Model 3. 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 sedans will also be delivered with the higher capacity battery pack of the Standard Range Plus model, but with a software restriction that limits their range from 240 to 220 miles.

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Tesla now imports all the cars it sells in China.

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

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 vehicle. More changes happened this week and it's now no longer possible to buy the $35,000 Model 3 online. Previously, the same package had fetched $40,500 with Autopilot added.

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.

Apparently addressing controversy over Autopilot price cuts, Tesla has chose to simply bundle the feature as a standard safety feature across its entire lineup. Lessees will not be able to purchase the auto at the end of the lease period. Notably, leasers won't have the option to purchase their auto at the end of the lease as Tesla aims to repurpose them for its future ride-hailing network.