Tesla Recalibrates Model 3 Pricing & Adds Long Range Option For Aussie Customers

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Tesla just rolled out a series of updates to the Model 3 configurator that lowered prices across the board in many countries. The new change was accompanied by a flip flop on the base color of all of Tesla’s vehicles — from black to “pearl white.” It is now an extra $750 to add black but no extra charge to choose white. Grey (“midnight silver metallic”) and blue (“deep blue metallic”) cost $1000 and red costs $2000.

Tesla rounded out the web update by adding the option to purchase a Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive to the Australian configurator.

Model 3 Updates

Here in the United States, the update to Tesla’s Model 3 pricing saw the base price of the Model 3 Standard Range Plus drop by $1,000 to $38,990. As implied above, that new base price has the vehicle coming in pearl multi-coat white (previously a ~$2,000 option, depending on when you ordered) as the default color. Previously, it was supposed to be a standard white (not the multi-coat pearl white) that would be rolled into the base price. However, Elon spilled the beans on Twitter that the change was because his team convinced him not to add the basic white for practical corporate reasons.

More expensive builds also saw price cuts, with the Model 3 Long Range All-Wheel Drive dropping $2,000 and the Model 3 Performance dropping a full $5,000. The Performance build was also gifted an option for 18″ rims, just not through the web configurator. Folks wanting (or needing) the 18″ rims can request them manually to help absorb the inevitable bumps and bruises inflicted by substandard roads. Previously, the Performance build of the Model 3 required larger rims to accommodate the larger brake calipers included with the Performance package.

Update: A redditor confirmed that downsizing to the 18″ rims is possible and results in a savings of $5,000. The downgrade essentially removes the package formerly known as the Performance Upgrade Package. Specifically it removes the, carbon fiber spoiler, larger brakes, lowered suspension, aluminum alloy pedals, track mode, and top speed increase (from 145 mph to 162 mph).

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Model S & X Love

The Tesla Model S and X also saw some pricing and feature love with the new updates. Tesla removed the 75 kWh battery pack builds of S and X (again). With the Long Range 100 kWh pack only setting buyers back $4,000 more than what the Standard Range pack was, thanks to Tesla’s continued price cuts, the base price of the vehicles remains in the same range.

Performance builds of the S and X now come with Ludicrous Mode bundled in at no extra charge. Said another way, the Model S Performance now goes from 0–60 in a heart-stopping 2.4 seconds without any costly upgrade. That’s akin to the same force of getting rear-ended, just without all the nasty insurance paperwork.

These updates to Tesla’s flagship vehicles are just the latest in a long stream of updates from the automaker. It’s a lot like the old pot of water boiling a frog, but in this case, it is the car that just keeps getting better every single week as Tesla rolls new updates and improvements in. It is only by looking back at the car from a few years ago that we can see just how far it has come from all of these little updates over the years.

A 2013 Tesla Model S. Photo by Kyle Field | CleanTechnica

Australia Gets Some Long Range Love

EV lovers in Australia were given some love with the new update as well, as Tesla has finally brought the Right-Hand Drive Model 3 Long Range All-Wheel Drive down in Oz (that’s quite a mouthful!). Tesla adding the option for a Long Range Model 3 to the family is sure to please Australian customers who have only recently been able to order the Model 3. The addition comes just a few days after the first Model 3s were delivered to customers in Sydney, Australia.

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I'm a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. Live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need. As an activist investor, Kyle owns long term holdings in Tesla, Lightning eMotors, Arcimoto, and SolarEdge.

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