Tesla Makes Autopilot A Standard, Increases EV Prices

Muriel Colon
April 15, 2019

The $35,000 Standard Range model - the one with cloth seats where black is the only free color - has been removed from Tesla's site, meaning it's only available to order via phone or a trip to an actual Tesla store. However, without the model listed on the website, Tesla is keeping customers in the dark about its availability.

Tesla has been adjusting prices of its US -made cars in China to remain affordable in the country, a move also aimed at fending off competition from a swathe of domestic EV startups such as Nio Inc, Byton and XPeng Motors. It will be software limited to a 220 mile range, and music streaming, navigation and heated seats will be software disabled.

The company adds anyone who decides to software-limit a Standard Range Plus to Standard Range specification can do so (at any time) and receive a refund for the difference in costs.

Deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 Standard in the United States of America will start this weekend.

Autopilot is now a standard feature on all vehicles, but importantly, it's being added for a lower cost than the Autopilot option use to command.

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

Tesla announced it will no longer sell its $35,000 Model 3 online.

The leasing option is available for all Model 3 variants with annual mileage caps of 10,000 to 15,000 miles.

Given these developments, as well as the well-documented production and delivery difficulties, there is a real question about whether Tesla was ready to offer the Model 3 SR when they did and why they chose to announce a vehicle model they don't seem to be able to deliver.

But along with those adjustments, Tesla is de-emphasising the US$35,000 price point promised when it first unveiled the sedan in March 2016.

A higher variant to the base version, Model 3 Standard Plus begins with a price of $37,500. They'll have to call or visit a store instead, and the vehicle won't come with Autopilot.

That's because the $35,000 Model 3 Standard and Standard Plus are essentially the same vehicle.

It's important to highlight that "customers who choose leasing over owning will not have the option to purchase their vehicle at the end of the lease".

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