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Tesla lowers Model S and Model X price, standardizes battery pack strategy

Following Tesla’s launch of the highly-anticipated $35,000 Standard Model 3, the electric car maker has implemented price adjustments for its flagship Model S and Model X line. With the recent reductions in place, versions of the Model S and X now cost up to $18,000 less than their previous prices.

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Tesla’s Model S order page as of March 1, 2019. (Credit: Tesla)

Accessing the order page for the Model S, customers will see that the vehicle is offered in three variants — Standard, Long Range, and Performance. The Standard Range Model S starts at $79,000 and is capable of traveling 270 miles per charge. The vehicle has a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. Despite its range, it should be noted that this Model S variant is equipped with a software-limited battery pack, the capacity of which is yet to be revealed by Tesla.

The Long Range Model S, which costs $83,000 has a range of 335 miles per charge, has a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. This variant, dubbed the “Extended Range Model S” prior to the recent adjustments, started at $93,000. 

Lastly, the Model S Performance has a range of 315 miles per charge, a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, and a starting price of $99,000, a notable reduction over its previous price of $112,000. Customers who prefer to experience the car’s ferocity can add the Ludicrous Mode upgrade for $15,000, which reduces the 0-60 mph time to 2.4 seconds. With the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, the Tesla Model S Performance now starts at $114,000, a whopping $18,000 less than its previous price of $132,000.

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Tesla’s Model X order page as of March 1, 2019. (Credit: Tesla)

The Tesla Model X does not have a Standard range option. Instead, the all-electric SUV is only offered as a Long Range or a Performance variant. The Long Range Model X, which has a 295-mile range, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds, currently costs $88,000. This is $8,000 less than its previous price of $96,000.

The Model X Performace, which has 289 miles of range, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, starts at $104,000, a full $13,000 less than its previous price of $117,000. With Ludicrous Mode, which lowers the Model X Performance’s 0-60 mph time to just 2.8 seconds, the Model X Performance now starts at $119,000, $18,000 less than its previous price of $137,000.

Tesla’s new pricing strategy is notably aggressive. The Model S and Model X have always been costly vehicles, but after these adjustments, they have become far more attainable for a much larger demographic. Coupled with the release of the $35,000 Model 3, Tesla’s reduced prices for the Model S and X give potential customers an option for practically every price bracket.

Based on a blog post announcing the new Model 3 variants, Tesla explained that it was able to reduce the costs of its vehicles by shifting all of its sales to an online-only model moving forward. This would allow Tesla to sell in every state in the United States, but it will likely result in yet another round of layoffs as the company closes “many” of its stores. Tesla has pledged to significantly increase its service fleet as well, in order to accommodate the influx of vehicles that will be added in the near future.

Tesla lowers Model S and Model X price, standardizes battery pack strategy
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