Tesla ‘Model 3’ Selling Online Exclusively, Priced From $35,000
Elon Musk-founded electric car maker Tesla has announced that its entry-level Model 3 sedan will now sell for $35,000 (24.85 lakh approx.). The starting price mentioned here is for the Standard variant that will have a top speed of 209 km/hr with range of 354 km on a single charge.
The company has also dropped prices of the Tesla Model S and Model X in order to make them more accessible.
The standard Model 3 with 0-96 km/hr acceleration in 5.6 seconds "is built to achieve the same perfect 5-star safety rating as the longer-ranged version, which has the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the US government", Tesla said in a statement late Thursday.
The Model 3 is "excruciatingly difficult" to make at the reduced price, Musk later told reporters on a conference call.
"Shifting all sales online, combined with other ongoing cost efficiencies, will enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6 per cent on average, allowing us to achieve the $35,000 Model 3 price point earlier than we expected," the company announced.
Over the next few months, Tesla would be winding down many of its stores, with a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centres.
The company chief also tweeted out that the Tesla cars will be available in select Asian markets in the next 6 to 8 months. He also mentioned that the prices of the cars may vary depending on the country-specific taxes and import duties.
The announcement came after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asked a US federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating a settlement deal reached in 2018.
The development came in response to Musk's tweet on February 19 that "Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019".
Hours later, the billionaire sent a follow-up tweet indicating that the company will actually deliver just 400,000 cars in 2019.
Although Musk corrected his mistake, the US regulators slammed the Tesla CEO because he "once again published inaccurate and material information about Tesla to his over 24 million Twitter followers".
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