- Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a $US35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan when unveiling the car nearly three years ago.
- But by Tuesday, the automaker had removed mentions of a standard-battery option for the car from its website.
- The move raises questions about when the base model might be available to order.
- In a regulatory filing Tuesday, the company said it still intended “to offer in the future a variant of Model 3 at a starting price of $US35,000.”
- A Tesla representative declined to comment.
The cheapest Model 3 available to preorder on Tesla’s website as of Tuesday was the mid-range-battery, rear-wheel-drive version for $US42,900 before any savings. That price can be lowered to $US32,850, the company says, factoring in tax savings worth more than $US5,000 and six years’ worth of “gasoline savings.”
Recently, the standard version was listed as available in four to six months, Electrek said. That no longer appears to be the case.
A $US35,000 base model, originally announced with the rollout of the Model 3 in 2016, is widely seen as Tesla’s path to becoming a mass-market automaker. CEO Elon Musk once said the company could start delivering the cheapest version by the end of 2018.
@elonmusk $35k price, unveil in March, preorders start then.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2015
A Tesla representative declined to comment.
In a regulatory filing Tuesday, the company said it still intended “to offer in the future a variant of Model 3 at a starting price of $US35,000.” On an earnings conference call with Wall Street analysts in February, Musk said his “rough guess” was that the model could arrive by mid-2019.