The company did not give a specific reason for the changes announced on Friday, but after months of production stoppages and delays in launching the best-selling Model 3, experienced a severe 2018 year.
Last week, a 31 reported drop in deliveries in the first three months of the year 2019% compared to the previous quarter, the largest single decline of all time.
Even with the price increases, motorists may get a better deal than before. The Model 3 Standard Plus has cost $ 37,500 to date, plus $ 3,000 for the autopilot. It is now being sold for $ 39,500 including the assisted driving feature.
It offers basic self-drive features. It can help drivers to change lanes, when parking and when leaving motorways.
"Autopilot is very important because our data strongly suggests that the probability of an accident is much lower when the autopilot is activated," the company said in a statement.
"Autopilot also dramatically improves the quality of the driving experience, especially in heavy traffic, as thousands of our customers often describe online," she added.
Other Modifications to the Model 3
The Company Complicates It Customers also, the simplest version of the Model 3, sold for $ 35,000 and not supplied with autopilot, will no longer be sold online ̵
1; customers will need to call or visit a Tesla service center to order one. The Model 3 Standard and the Model 3 Plus are essentially the same vehicle, but Tesla is reducing the capabilities of the Model 3 standard and limiting its mileage with customers who want to pay more for the Standard Plus a single charge, blocking some autopilot functions and preventing drivers from turning on the seat warmers.
CEO Elon Musk had long promised the Model 3 a $ 35,000 version, but it was not sold until the end of February. Musk said at the time that the company must shut down shops and lay off workers to maintain the production of the cheaper car. Later, he turned down the closing of the shops.
From Friday, customers will have the option to lease Model 3 instead of buying it. For a small down payment and a monthly fee, customers can choose any version of the vehicle. Choose from a range of annual mileage options.
You must return the cars when the lease ends so that Tesla can use them in their scheduled driverless rides.
Chris Isidore contributed to the coverage.