Tesla pulled out their Tesla Model 3 Standard Range from their online order catalog after the brand pledged to mass produce the Model 3 at $35,000 a piece of its compact-electric saloon. Reports say that this change was because the Standard Range Plus variant was more popular than the Model 3 in spite of its hefty price tag of $39,500.
Under the Standard Range Plus variant, the Model 3 will now come with a Partial Premium Interior which improves its sound system, along with a 12-way power adjustment for its front seats, an upgrade in its upholstery, and LED fog lights, as well as the autopilot feature. Although, the autopilot feature has been part of the standard package already.
The Tesla Model 3s is known to have a top speed of 140 mph that can go zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds. However, those who buy it will have the option to downgrade their variant into the 220-mile range with a top speed of 20 less, and zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds instead of 5.3.
Downgrading will also mean that whoever buys it will not have the luxury of Tesla’s onboard music streaming service, live traffic updates that goes along with the satellite navigation system, and heated seats. If you do so, however, you will be receiving a $4,500 refund bringing you back down to $35,000 which was the price tag of the Tesla Model 3s Standard Range.
This downgrading will be made using a software limitation.
If you do plan on downgrading your vehicle, keep in mind that it cannot be done online. You have to either call them or do so in a dealership. Otherwise, you will end up with the Standard Range Plus model.
The changes will be done via an over-the-air update as it is uploaded into the car. You are allowed to change it back up to the Plus variant if ever you feel like it.
If you are in the United States, you are able to do the re-orders now if you want. News about how it will affect those in Europe is still scarce, and that includes those who live in the United Kingdom.
THE FUTURE IS ONLINE
Elon Musk announced that its dealership centers will be converted into information and advice centers instead of selling cars on site. He added that all orders for Tesla cars are to be made online. This is in line with his vision of letting customers order cars on their phones whenever possible.
FULL SELF-DRIVING CAPABILITIES
Tesla is also hoping to shift towards full self-driving capability in the near future which is an update the Tusk has announced will happen.
Autopilot is already a feature present in all of their cars.
However, he stressed out that even with the upgrade coming, the autopilot will still require human supervision. It will take a while before complete auto can be achieved, and it will also require legislation to be changed.
By the end of 2019, the Model 3 is expected to have the Summon and Autopark features along with traffic light recognition and auto driving on the streets of a city.