Tesla has lowered its price for the Model 3, but the cheaper version is still months away

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  • Tesla has lowered the price of its Model 3 to $US42,900. Elon Musk said via Twitter on Wednesday that the vehicle comes to $US35,000 after tax credits and fuel savings.
  • It’s one step closer to the originally promised base price of $US35,000 before any kind of credit and fuel savings.
  • In January, a tax credit available to Tesla buyers was cut in half to $US3,750 from $US7,500.

Tesla has lowered the price of the Model 3 to $US42,900 – or $US35,000 after tax credits – CEO Elon Musk announced early Wednesday.

It’s still not the base-model price point originally announced by Tesla when it first unveiled the Model 3, but is a step in that direction. The standard battery is still four to six months away, according to the company’s website.

Read More:Tesla launched a new store on Amazon where it’s selling iPhone cases, hoodies, and mugs“We’re doing everything we can to get there,” Musk tweeted about the $US35,000 base price without credits. “It’s a super hard grind.”

In January, the tax credit available to Tesla buyers was slashed in half, from $US7,500 to $US3,750, after it passed the program’s threshold of 200,000 vehicles sold.

Earlier in February, Tesla announced that it had launched the Model 3 in China, where it is in the process of building a second Gigafactory. It also said a cheaper version of the Model 3 was on the way for Chinese buyers.

Shares of Tesla sank about 0.6% in early trading Wednesday after closing up 2.7% on Tuesday.

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