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.
What just happened? Tesla said that since introducing the Standard and Standard Plus editions last quarter, the premium model has outsold the Standard more than six to one. The $35,000 Model 3 will be range-limited by software to 220 miles, and its music streaming service, navigation and heated seats will be disabled.
The electric vehicle maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3, which starts at $39,500 and is now the lowest-price option available to digital consumers, along with higher-end models.
Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is no longer available for order online. U.S. customers can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on their budgets and driving.More news: Former Obama aide indicted in case tied to Mueller investigation
Tesla announced way back in 2016 that $35,000 will remain the base price for its Model 3 line. Buyers who want it will have to special order it at store locations or on via phone.
However, unlike other leasing programs, Model 3 customers will not be able to buy their vehicle following the conclusion of the leasing term, as Tesla plans to use these vehicles in its upcoming ride-hailing network in conjunction with full autonomy. 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.
That's because the $35,000 Model 3 Standard and Standard Plus are essentially the same vehicle. That means if customers change their minds, they can upgrade to a $39,500 Standard Plus model any time by paying the the difference and getting an over-the-air software update. According to Tesla's data, the Standard Plus outsold the $35,000 base vehicle by a ratio of 6:1. Lessees will not be able to purchase the auto at the end of the lease period.
Besides the potential need for some good press, there are certainly other reasons why Tesla would feel pressure to deliver on its own self-imposed goal of a $35,000 Model 3 right now as opposed to later this year or even next year.