Tesla’s long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 seemed like a great step forward for the company in terms of making electric vehicles more accessible and affordable. And now it’s not quite as accessible, all of a sudden. Tesla announced in a blog post that it is no longer offering the $35,000 base model online, like every other Model 3—and it’ll also be missing some of features that might have made buying the Model 3 so attractive in the first place. Tesla masked the bad news in and amongst news about its Autopilot semi-autonomous system. Where customers would previously have to purchase Autopilot as a separate package, all of Tesla’s cars will now be equipped with the tech as a standard feature—and yes, that includes a price increase across the board on all of Tesla’s vehicles. Tesla notes that Autopilot will now cost less for consumers than it did when it was solely an optional feature, but they will still be paying for the technology. Advertisement So, yes, that necessitates a price increase on that Model 3. Tesla found a way around that, though. You’ll still be able to purchase the $35,000 Model 3 Standard—but you won’t be able to do it easily…. Read full this story
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