Tesla doesn't really follow the whole model-year thing in the auto industry -- when it's ready to deploy a change to its vehicle lineup, it'll do so whenever is deemed convenient, like over a seemingly arbitrary weekend in November.Tesla has updated its Model S and Model X online configurator in a couple important ways over the weekend, Electrek reports. Now, a Model S 75D will set you back $78,000 in the US, while a Model X 75D now costs $84,000, representing a $1,000 increase for both window stickers. Meanwhile, non-Performance variants of the Model S and Model X are now $500 cheaper ($96,500 and $99,500, respectively).The automaker also shuffled and changed the prices on some of its interior options. The all-black Premium interior is now standard on Model S and Model X. If a buyer wants to upgrade to cream or white leather for the seats, it'll cost $1,500 instead of the $3,300 it used to. The Black Textile finish has been taken off the configurator entirely, but Electrek reports … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S, Model X base prices bumped, interior options streamlined
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DETROIT - In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors. Tesla (TSLA) was taking $1,000 deposits for its new electric car, the Model 3, priced starting at $35,000. And Reynolds had to have one. He managed to land near the top of the waiting list. Flash forward more than two years, through much-publicized production delays. Reynolds is still waiting. And now, like others in the U.S. on a waiting list of about 420,000 worldwide, he worries that the looming phaseout of a $7,500 federal tax credit will put the cost of the car out of his reach. "The tax credit was going to be huge," said Reynolds, 45, who works in digital advertising, lives in Laguna Hills, California, and drives a 9-year-old Audi A3 compact car. Last week, Tesla sales hit 200,000 since the start of 2010 -- the point at which federal law requires the credit for rechargeable electric vehicles to be … [Read more...] about For Tesla Model 3 buyers, delays could be deal-breakers
Tom Krisher, Associated Press Published 4:36 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Photo: Chris Carlson /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Keith Reynolds, who is on the Tesla waiting list for a Model 3, is photographed by his 9-year-old Audi A3 compact car Monday, July 16, 2018, in Laguna Hills, Calif. For many on the list to buy Tesla's mass-market electric car, the wait for the company to produce enough to satisfy demand isn't a major problem. But the prospect of losing a U.S. federal tax credit is. less Keith Reynolds, who is on the Tesla waiting list for a Model 3, is photographed by his 9-year-old Audi A3 compact car Monday, July 16, 2018, in Laguna Hills, Calif. For many on the list to buy Tesla's ... more Photo: Chris Carlson /Associated Press Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits
Rex Crum stands next to the Tesla Model 3 that took the place of his Dodge Ram 1500 truck for two days. (Megan Crum) The Mercury News' Rex Crum stands next to his Dodge Ram 1500 truck, also known as "The Beast" (Megan Crum) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Rex Crum keeps his hands above the Tesla Model 3 steering wheel as the car operates in Autopilot mode. Crum tested a Model 3 for two days. (Courtesy Megan Crum) Rex Crum's daughters, Madeline, left, and Lily, right, show different emotions about riding in a Tesla Model 3. Lily reacted to imagery she saw on the Model 3's large display screen. (Rex Crum/Bay Area News Group) The Tesla Model 3 tested by Mercury News writer Rex Crum charges up at the Tesla Supercharger station in Concord, Calif. (Rex Crum/Bay Area News Group) Show Caption of Expand By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 22, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: June 22, 2018 at 6:04 am OAKLAND … [Read more...] about Trading in ‘The Beast’ Ram truck for a Tesla Model 3: Oops, is it broken?
By Bloomberg | PUBLISHED: April 4, 2018 at 9:12 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2018 at 9:17 am (Bloomberg) — Tesla needs to brace for another setback after China included electric cars among American products that it would hit with additional tariffs in a counter-punch to the U.S. Other American auto imports also made the list of products China is threatening including SUVs, which could even impact BMW AG and Daimler AG. But Tesla is at particular risk. The Elon Musk-led carmaker relies on U.S.-built vehicles for all its Chinese sales, whereas U.S. carmakers General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. manufacture in China and import few vehicles into the world’s biggest market. China’s announcement adds to a tough past few weeks for its Musk and Tesla investors, with a flurry of negative news dragging on the company’s shares. China is Tesla’s biggest single market after the U.S., and an additional tariff would hand local electric-vehicle manufacturers even more of a … [Read more...] about Tesla facing risk of steeper China taxes adds to Musk’s woes