Electric vehicle company Tesla says that the base version of the Model 3 electric sedan – the “mass market” version priced at $US35,000 ($A49,330 at current exchange rates) is finally available.
The announcement – heralded in typical Twitter fashion by CEO and founder Elon Musk – finally delivers on the promise made nearly three years ago that Tesla would be able to deliver its first “mass market” model.
So far, only higher priced versions were available, although the price had gradually reduced from $US49,000 to $US42,000. Consumers, at least those in America, now have five versions of the Model 3 to choose from: Tesla has not only added a “Standard Range” and a “Standard Range Plus”.
This is also good news for prospective Australian customers, who should be able to start taking deliveries of the Model 3 mid year. Tesla has promised that all ranges available in the US will be made available in new right hand drive markets like the UK and Australia.