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Tesla Discontinues its 60kWH Model S, its Cheapest Car

Tesla Discontinues its 60kWH Model S, its Cheapest Car

Last Friday, Tesla announced that it would be discontinuing its cheapest car, the Model S 60 kWH. The move comes as Tesla continues to move towards completion and production of the Model 3. After the cut, the Model S will start at $74,500 with the 75 kWH Rear Wheel Drive model. If you are looking to purchase a 60 kWH model, you better move fast.

Tesla began offering the 60 kWH model last year. The car itself was actually a 75 kWH model, with limitations on the battery preventing it to perform above a 60 kWH. After purchase of the vehicle itself, owners could purchase to “unlock” the remaining battery for $9,500 although the cost has been lowered closer to $7,000.

Tesla announced the move last Friday with an email to customers stating:

One year ago, we introduced the Model S 60 kWh battery as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75kWh. To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup.
Customers who still want the opportunity to own a 60 kWh Model S will have until April 16, 2017 to place their order. Any 60 kWh Model S will have the ability to upgrade their battery to 75 kWh via an over the air update.

With the Model 3 coming closer to production for all consumers, Tesla is moving to differentiate its line-up of vehicles. Tesla’s sedans, being the Model 3 will start at $35,000, and the Model S will soon start at $74,500. Their SUV, the Model X, starts at $85,500 and all three will offer various perks for different customer. The company’s ultimate goal within the next few years is to offer different vehicles that meet any customer’s needs.

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