Tesla to stop selling $35000 Model 3 online

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The phasing-out of online Model 3 Standard sales comes a week after Tesla announced disappointing first-quarter auto deliveries.

The most affordable Tesla Model 3 you can get online in Canada is the Standard Range Plus which has a displayed price of $39,000. For reference, buying a Standard Plus Model 3 with Autopilot used to cost a total of $54,300.

"We think including Autopilot is very important because our data strongly indicates that the chance of an accident is much lower when Autopilot is enabled", the company says.

Tesla Inc on Thursday started leasing out its Model 3 sedan in the United States, in a financing option that would increase the electric auto maker's customer base. This vehicle, however, is not offered on the website anymore - the cheapest option online is the Model 3 Standard Plus.

Opting for the Standard Range Model 3 via software limitation also disables various features including the onboard music streaming service navigation with live traffic, and heated seats.

The Model 3 Standard Range Plus will lease for $504 a month, with $3,000 down for 36 months, with 10,000 miles per year There's a caveat: Lessees can't buy out their cars at the end of the lease. The auto has been flaunted as an affordable electric vehicle with a sub-$40k starting price for years, but a few months after bringing its base Standard Range model to market, the vehicle is now gone from Tesla's website. Let's take a look at the base pricing in each European country, compared to the other Model 3 variants.

Tesla wants to fulfill CEO Elon Musk's long-running promise of a $35,000 auto, which he first promised in 2013. The base Model 3 was reduced to an "off menu" style ordering that must be done over the phone or at a Tesla store. Similarly, anyone that already bought a Standard Plus can convert it to a Standard and get a refund for the difference. It can no longer be purchased online, but that doesn't mean it isn't available. "We're making these changes to ensure that our online order process is focused exclusively on the three Model 3 variants customers want most", it said.

On Friday, Musk, 47, was back on social media, though this time to respond to a post critical of how frequently Tesla has changed the prices of its vehicles lately. To be clear, no such network yet exists.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk first talked about his vision of a Tesla shared-vehicle fleet when he unveiled his Master Plan Part Deux in July 2016.