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Tesla drops all mention of a $35,000 Model 3 from its website, says the budget model will...

By Polycount ยท 9 replies
Jul 13, 2018
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  1. When Tesla first announced its Model 3 all-electric sedan, it was positioned as a car for the average user - a mass-market vehicle, with a much more budget-friendly price tag than its predecessors.

    Unfortunately, that promise never really came to pass. As of writing, the minimum you can pay for a Model 3 is $49,000 for a "Long Range Battery" model with a "Premium Interior." However, Tesla still kept the $35,000 starting price on the Model 3's official web page, which undoubtedly confused a few potential customers over time.

    That's changed today, though. As Ars Technica spotted, Tesla has removed all mention of the $35,000 price point from the Model 3's official page.

    Indeed, the only way to find that price point on the company's website is to visit the "press kit" page, where Tesla still claims the vehicle's price starts at $35,000.

    Tesla says the webpage tweaks should be taken with a grain of salt, though. In an interview with Ars, a company spokeswoman said "It's a mistake to position this as a change in Tesla's plan because it's not. We're just focusing on the options that are available now for our customers so that it's more clear."

    The store page now states that the "standard battery" version of the Model 3 will become available in 6-9 months. Whether or not Tesla can hit that target remains to be seen - a lot seems to be riding on the company's ability to maintain its current 5,000-vehicles-per-week Model 3 production rate.

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  2. UncleSharkey

    UncleSharkey TS Rookie Posts: 20   +12

    So much for us poor middle class folks wanting an electric vehicle in the 25 thou range.
     
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,898   +1,420

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  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,898   +1,420

    Though it may not be a Tesla, IMO, a reasonably priced EV will hit the market in the not-too-distant future. Tesla/Musk are not the only players in the EV market though, IMO, Tesla and Musk might be the least intelligent of all the current players.
     
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  5. netman

    netman TS Member Posts: 61   +17

    Nissan Leaf is an option...
     
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  6. netman

    netman TS Member Posts: 61   +17

    The $35,000 Tesla will never happen whether be Model 3 or Model 7!. Tesla greed continues...
    Tesla model S was also promised to start at $45,000, but it never happened either!
     
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,061   +1,375

    Internet so quick to assume price is going up
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,838   +3,244

    It's not actually greed, it's incompetence, coupled with the company being awash in a sea of red ink. Tesla's 2017 operating losses have been placed somewhere near 2 billion dollars.

    American autoworkers aren't going to take Musk's crap for very long, and some say thay're already at that point.

    Model 3 deposits (allegedly), are going back at least as fast as they are coming in.

    Now, here's the kicker, once Musk siphons enough money out of Chinese investors, and tentatively has his new "giga factory" up and running, (which will automatically exceed all of Musk's extravagant productivity quotas the minute the doors open, (just ask him, he'll tell you)), Tesla in the US might go "belly up for tax purposes".
     
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  9. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 145   +35

    When will we see powered pedal bikes taking off, some nice fast ones out already but regulated so much as you can't ride them at least legally.
     
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,898   +1,420

    Absolutely! And perhaps, the Chevy Bolt.
     

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