- Tesla has made big changes to its Model 3 offerings, the company announced Thursday night.
- The standard range version, the cheapest car Tesla sells, will only be available to purchase in-person at retail stores or by phone.
- Last month, Tesla said it was shifting all sales to online-only and closing many stores.
“Model 3 Standard will now be a software-limited version of the Standard Plus, and we are taking it off the online ordering menu, which just means that to get it, customers will need to call us or visit any one of the several hundred Tesla stores,” Tesla said, adding that deliveries of the car will begin “this weekend.”
Despite some high profile store closings in Texas, Washington D.C. and New York, hundreds of Tesla retail locations are still open, according to the company’s website.
Tesla is also making big changes to its autopilot program, it said in the blog post. Autopilot, the company’s semi-autonomous-driving technology, will become a standard feature as part of an effort to make it less cost-prohibitive.
“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,” Tesla said
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