Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Tesla Drops Cheapest Model S to Pave the Way for Model 3

Tesla Drops Cheapest Model S to Pave the Way for Model 3

Tesla already stated the first and most obvious reason in its announcement: despite a more affordable offering for the Model S, more customers opted to purchase the Model S 75 and 75D. Tesla may have seen the S 60 and 60D as an unnecessary part of the line-up, hence, the decision to completely remove them. In fact, all 60 models come with the same battery units as the 75 models - it's just that Tesla only allowed owners of the cheaper models to access about 80 percent of the entire battery's capacity. If you chose the 75 at the outset you paid $6,500 more over the 60; however, if you snapped up a 60 and then decided down the road you want a bit more juice you could upgrade. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75 kWh.

The discontinuation of the two 60 cars means the starting price of the Model S will rise from £65,300 to £71,800 next month, and the amount of choice will drop from seven battery pack/powertrain combinations to five. The variants in question are the Models S 60 and 60D sedans which Tesla will discontinue from April 16.

The 60's battery pack was capable of 75 kwh but was software-limited to 60 kwh.

The Tesla Model 3 is expected to only cost around $35,000 and may include a battery pack below 60kWh.

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