Tesla is finally rolling out the long-awaited $35,000 version of the Model 3 in the United States. The company is currently making multiple versions of a “Standard Range” Model 3 that can travel around 220 miles on a single charge. Previously, the most affordable Model 3 started at $42,900 after a February price reduction.
The Standard Range base model will start at $35,000, offers a top speed of 130mph and can go from 0 to 60mph in 5.6 seconds. A second version called “Standard Range Plus” will be available for $37,000 with 240 miles of range, a top speed of 140mph, and will go from 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds. The Standard Range Plus model will also come with “premium interior features,” according to Tesla.
The new versions of the Model 3 will come with an all-glass roof, which wasn’t originally supposed to happen when the car was announced. But they will have manual, not power, seats. They will also come in black, and other colors will add to the cost. The new Model 3s will be available in Europe and China in “three to six months,” according to CEO Elon Musk.“FROM THE BEGINNING, THIS HAS BEEN THE GOAL,” MUSK SAID
“From the beginning, this has been the goal,” Musk said on a press call about the news. “It’s an incredible car.”
The new versions of the Model 3 are available to order online now, and in fact, that’s now the only way people will be able to buy Tesla’s cars. The company says it is shifting all sales worldwide to online only, so you’ll no longer be able to buy a car in one of the company’s stores. By moving all sales online, Tesla says it will be able to lower the price of its cars by 6 percent, which is how it was able to finally get to the $35,000 price point.
As a result of this change Tesla says it will be “winding down many of our stores.” A small number will stay open in “high-traffic locations” to serve as “galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers,” the company says.