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. It can no longer be purchased online, but that doesn't mean it isn't available.
Tesla also recently lost a buffer on pricing because of the United States' electric vehicles policy.
The new special-order Standard Range will have about 216 miles of range and won't have Tesla navigation, heated seats, and streaming music. Just like in the US, the entry-level version with a range of 386 kilometres has added Tesla's semi-autonomous driving technology as part of its standard equipment list.
The cheapest version of the Model 3 has become part marketing ploy, part afterthought for Tesla. And there are more changes: All Tesla vehicles will now be delivered with the Autopilot function integrated as standard.
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To make the auto more affordable, Tesla also announced that it will offer leases on the Model 3. Deliveries of the vehicle at that price point - the big promise of the Model 3 when it was first unveiled in March 2016 - are just beginning this weekend.
As to why Autopilot is now a standard feature, Tesla explains that, "our data strongly indicates that the chance of an accident is much lower when Autopilot is enabled". The company's press release on the matter innocuously kicks off by mentioning how these changes will "simplify vehicle choices" and "make Autopilot more affordable". Buyers who want it will have to special order it at store locations or on via phone. It added that the Standard Range and Long Range Rear Wheel Drive can be bought only by calling or visiting a Tesla Store by specifically asking for it. Customers won't have the option to buy the auto at the end of the lease because the company plans to use the vehicles in a forthcoming Tesla ride-hailing network, according to the blog post. According to the automaker's blog post, it will collect all these leased cars at the end of their terms for future use in Tesla's ride-hailing network.