Tesla Bans Dealerships From Selling Model 3 at Lowest Price

It is now impossible to buy the Model 3 for $35,000.

According to Electrek, Tesla has sent letters to dealerships banning the sale of Model 3 electric vehicles at a base price of $35,000. We are talking about the 2021 Model 3 Standart Range Plus with a discount of $3,000. Until recently, such an electric vehicle could only be purchased offline at a car dealership, but now customers have been deprived of this opportunity.

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The Tesla Model 3 underwent a planned upgrade in October 2020. Exterior changes include black retractable door handles and black window trim instead of the old chrome plated one. At the same time, the list of basic equipment has expanded: it now includes a powered trunk lid and USB-C ports. The basic rear-wheel drive sedan with a 418-km drive range costs $37,990 dollars in the United States, but it was possible to refuse several options and buy the model for $35,000.

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However, a month later, the $35,000 deal became unavailable – according to one version, Tesla is unprofitable to sell electric vehicles so cheap. So, now the most affordable car costs almost $38,000. The alternative is the Model 3 Long Range for $46,990 and the Performance for $54, 990.

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With the release of the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to release a low-cost version of the Standart Range with a starting price of $35,000. This configuration really appeared on sale but only for a few months and in 2019.

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