Rear wheel drive Model 3 available in EU & Asia

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range dropped from online configurator

Nearly two months after the company announced it would begin selling the trim, Tesla has confirmed customers will no longer be able to buy the $35,000 Model 3 from its website. In Germany, Tesla is charging a base price of 44,500 euros (plus a handling fee of 980 euros) for this version, which offers a WLTP range of 415 km.

The California-based firm said in a statement that Chinese customers can now order a standard range Model 3 variant whose starting price of 377,000 yuan ($56,167) will make it the cheapest version of the auto in China. It can no longer be purchased online, but that doesn't mean it isn't available.

To make that easier to stomach, Tesla has also introduced leasing.

The sedans will also be delivered with the higher capacity battery pack of the Standard Range Plus model, but with a software restriction that limits their range from 240 to 220 miles. A Standard Range Plus Model 3 without any options nets a $504 per month payment for 36 months, 10,000 miles, and $3,000 down. Tesla added the revised Standard Range has a 10-percent reduction in range from the Standard Plus model and several normally standard options are disabled to keep the price down.

According to Tesla's blog post, all vehicles now come with Autopilot as a standard feature.

Tesla Inc on Thursday started leasing out its Model 3 sedan in the United States, in a financing option that would increase the electric vehicle maker's customer base.

In addition, Tesla says you'll have to either call them or visit a store to buy the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive. U.S. customers can choose from 10,000, 12,000 and 15,000 mile annual usage options, depending on their budgets and driving.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the reason for the Model 3's mysterious cockpit camera.

"Tesla was the one who decided that $35,000 was the magic number for an affordable [electric vehicle]", Caldwell said. Tesla says it plans to use Model 3s returned from leases in its new planned self-driving ride haling network, which may indicate that the service could start in three years or less. Previously, the base price of the Model 3 was $37,500 and Auto-pilot took another $3,000. The electric automaker announced that deliveries of the Standard range model will begin as soon as this weekend. However, there's a catch - buyers will not get a chance to own their respective Model 3 at the end of their lease.

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