Tesla Will Discontinue Its Cheapest Car From Its Portfolio

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Tesla will be discontinuing the least expensive version of its Model S sedan. The announcement was made by Tesla via email to Model S customers. After April 16, Tesla will no longer sell the car.

The Model S had a 75 kWh battery pack that was locked by software to give only 60 kWh of battery life. Customers needed to pay for a software upgrade to unlock the 75 kWh capacity. According to Electreck, Tesla will stop selling the model "because most customers ultimately end up upgrading to 75 kWh and they want to streamline the ordering process."

The firm is also planning to commence the production of its Model 3 sedan in July, and it is expected to be priced around $35,000, before credits or incentives.

The company sent this email to customers:

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.

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Story first published: Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12:16 [IST]
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