Tesla’s mass-market Model 3 and Model Y are the company’s two most affordable vehicles. With new price cuts the automaker has introduced, along with several of the models’ trims qualifying for new incentives through the qualification of the Inflation Reduction Act, both the Model 3 and Model Y are reaching new addressable markets.
Over the past few years, Tesla has been one of many automakers suffering from supply constraints and inflationary pressure, which has increased the price of its vehicles.
The automaker increased prices several times in 2022, only to slash them in early 2023 by as much as 20 percent in some markets. United States customers saw cuts of as much as $13,000 in Model Y Long Range and Performance vehicles.
The Model 3 and Model Y’s price cuts would help bring more customers to a point where they could consider a Tesla as their next vehicle. Combining them with the $7,500 tax from IRA incentives and discounts are as much as $20,500.
These massive price increases are bringing more consumers to a point where they can afford a Tesla, once again. The Model 3 Rear-Wheel-Drive base trim saw its addressable market multiply by two-and-a-half times. Meanwhile, the Model Y Long Range’s addressable market quadrupled.
Tesla’s Addressable Market After Price Cuts & IRA Credit (USA)
The Tesla Model 3 RWD’s addressable market 2.5x’ed — from ~10% ($47K) of 🇺🇸 consumers to ~25% ($37K)
— Mathias Føns (@FonsDK) January 18, 2023
The Model 3 RWD went from $47,000 to $37,000 after incentives and price cuts, with its market going from just 10 percent of buyers to roughly a quarter of consumers.
The Model Y Long Range’s previous price of $6,000 only reached 4 percent of American car buyers. After price cuts and potential incentives, that vehicle will cost $45,000 and now hits 16 percent of U.S. car buyers.
Despite costs increasing over the past few years for various reasons, Tesla did not seem to see a drop in demand. The company expanded deliveries year over year by 40 percent, with 1.3 million cars making their way to customers last year.
Expanding the addressable market was crucial for Tesla in 2023, especially as more automakers have started offering EVs at price points that are extremely competitive. While the company’s mission is to help accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, Tesla still holds a considerable market share in the United States and other regions, and keeping sales high is of course the goal of the business.
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