Long-suffering for $35,000 The epic of Tesla Model 3 came to a logical conclusion. With the release of the updated Model 3, the fate of the “popular” version of the junior sedan was finally decided. The company simply removed this option (the standard range) from the range.
It cannot be done without retelling history in the shortest possible way. Announcing the Model 3 in 2016, Tesla promised an affordable popular version of the car for $35,000. Elon Musk’s company has delayed its launch several times for well-known reasons (remember the era of “production hell” in Model 3). As a result, Tesla launched the long-patient Model 3 for $35,000 “net” (no discount) in the US market. In March 2019, the company initiated pre-orders for those standard range variants, but eventually delayed delivery for several weeks. And a month after the announcement, Tesla limited sales of this Model 3 to the standard range version, eliminating the possibility of ordering this option through its website and leaving it as the only way to order it over the phone or buy it directly from the company’s store. Now Tesla has finally decided to say goodbye to the “budget” Model 3. Since the recent junior sedan update, this option has not found a place in the 2021 model range. Tesla removed the Standard Range variant from its catalog and stopped production.
Until then, Tesla still offered a more expensive Standard Range Plus variant, offering range and interiors (adjustable seats, better materials, and advanced audio systems) at a discounted price of $35,000 (typical price for this version is $38,000). I did. However, the Electrek website mentions “those familiar with the matter,” and Tesla claims that on an internal order, it has banned the 2021 new Model 3 vehicle from downgrading to the Standard Range and selling it at a discount of $35,000. Do it. That said, $35,000 of Model 3 stock will go down in history after the warehouse runs out.
To be fair, Elon Musk, founder and head of the company, continues to be dedicated to the idea of an inexpensive Tesla car: in three years we are committed to producing a Tesla car for $25,000 with a fully autopilot. To make these cars a reality, we need to develop Tesla’s new 4680 battery. It has yet to be revealed whether Musk can live up to that promise and what the ultimate fate of this car is.