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Tesla Model 3 Standard Range dropped from online configurator

Tesla is also offering a Model 3 lease in the United States for the first time, though with a big caveat. 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. Tesla says you can special order it by phone or by visiting a dealer... The decision to maintain ownership of its leased Model 3 fleet for such future use indicates Tesla's high level of confidence in the development of its Full Self-Driving program. It will be software limited to a 220 mile range, and music streaming, navigation and heated seats will be software disabled. See, the standard Model 3 will now ship as a less powerful version of the Standard Plus, limited by tweaked software.

The cheapest version of the Model 3 has become part marketing ploy, part afterthought for Tesla. However, it comes at a bit of a discount - on the Model 3 range, Autopilot used to be a $3,000 option, but its mandatory inclusion only adds $2,000 to the car's bottom line. The company pitched the change as an added value since, for example, the $37,500 Model 3 Standard Plus required an extra $3,000 to add Autopilot.

More changes happened this week and it's now no longer possible to buy the $35,000 Model 3 online.

People can choose between a definite lease package for 10,000, 12,000 or 15,000 miles.

And a standard Model 3 costing $35 000 just became harder for customers to actually order. Previously, Tesla planned to put a smaller battery pack in the basic model and a larger one in the Standard Plus, the spokesman said. The electric automaker announced that deliveries of the Standard range model will begin as soon as this weekend.

Every Telsa Model 3 will come with Auto-pilot as standard.

Besides the potential need for some good press, there are certainly other reasons why Tesla would feel pressure to deliver on its own self-imposed goal of a $35,000 Model 3 right now as opposed to later this year or even next year. A challenge to vehicle demand has been the lowering of a U.S. tax credit on Tesla vehicles to $3,500 from $7,500 previously.

Tesla has not commented on the profitability of its different models, But it will make more money on what it calls the Standard Plus, which will start at $39,500.

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