The long-awaited US$35,000 Tesla Model 3 has been pulled from the company's online configurator and sales site, after just six weeks on sale. 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. Going into a Tesla store and buying the Standard Range Model 3 now gets you a "software-limited version of the Standard Plus", according to the company's blog. The decision to maintain ownership of its leased Model 3 fleet for such future use indicates Tesla's high level of confidence in the development of its Full Self-Driving program. Other features like Tesla's onboard music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualization and heated seats will also be disabled. 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. For example, Autopilot used to cost $3,000 when added to the $37,500 Model 3 Stand Plus, but now it comes as standard for $39,500.
As part of the changes to its online ordering, Tesla said the Model 3 Standard variant and the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive will be taken off the online ordering menu but will still be available for order by phone or in stores.
People can choose between a definite lease package for 10,000, 12,000 or 15,000 miles. The automotive company has begun leasing its popular vehicle in an effort to start a Tesla Model 3 taxi service. If customers want those additions, they will need to upgrade to the $39,500 Standard Plus model by paying the difference.
But those choosing leasing over owning can not purchase their auto at the end of the lease.
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Musk promised a $35,000 Model 3 as early as 2016 and has yet to deliver.
Tesla said the move was largely due to the fact that the Plus has been outselling the Standard Range by a factor of 6 to 1.
"Tesla is now facing a reckoning", said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at car-shopping researcher Edmunds.
The Model 3 Standard Range is the only Model 3 variant to escape a price hike, as well. A challenge to vehicle demand has been the lowering of a USA tax credit on Tesla vehicles to $3,500 from $7,500 previously.