It feels like forever ago that Tesla announced plans to rollout a $35,000 electric car. Well, finally the company has (sort of) made good with its original promise by making a new base Model 3 that starts at $35,000.
Thursday the company announced availability of the new base model, which includes a battery-electric range of 220-miles. It’s also worth mentioning the car’s price after mandatory destination charges is $36,200 instead of the headline $35,000.
For the price of entry, base model buyers will gain a tinted glass roof, power-folding side mirrors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side-collision warning and blind-spot monitors. It probably goes without saying that the interior is fairly basic in the new base model, down to cloth seating surfaces.
Despite the company’s original promise to launch a $35,000 Model 3, Tesla says the new base model is made possible only be recent moves the company has made to drive efficiencies. For example, Tesla is moving all sales globally to its online channel; a move it says is reducing costs by six-percent. Tesla is also changing how it services vehicles; focusing on same-day service and servicing vehicles at customer locations versus service centers.