Tesla has announced it is dropping the cheapest version of its Model S sedan next month due to slow sales. The electric car company is pulling the Model S 60 and 60D versions of the car from the lineup, leaving the 75 kWh battery option as the new base model.
Oddly enough, Tesla just launched the 60 kWh battery version of the Model S last June. At the time, the company stated the 60 kWh variant was to reduce the price of entry for buyers, which was around $66,000. In a similar move, Tesla dropped the 60 kWh version of the Model X crossover last year, just three months after launching it.
The reasoning? In a press release announcing the discontinuation of the 60 kWh, Tesla says most buyers are simply opting for the 75 kWh version of the car. The 75 kWh variant has slightly more range and a faster zero to 60 mph time than the 60 version.
Tesla prospects still interested in the Model S 60 have until April 16th to place an order for one. After that, you’re stuck with the 75.
Existing Model S 60 kWh buyers will be offered the option to upgrade their cars to the 75 kWh version, since the 60 just utilized software to limit the battery’s capacity. The update will be performed via an over-the-air software update.