As of today drivers in the UK can order Tesla’s lowest-price largest-volume electric car with a right-hand-drive. Deliveries will start from June, with those who have already made reservations getting first place in the order books.
The Model 3 has already been selling well in continental Europe and is now ready for drivers used to the left-hand side of the road. Including the UK government plug-in car grant, the entry-level Standard Range model is going for £38,900 with an estimated WLTP range of 258 miles. The dual-motor Long Range model – which, true to its name, is officially is Europe’s longest range electric car – starts from £47,900 and can reach 348 miles on a single charge. Lastly, the Performance version, with a flashy top speed of 162 mph and acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds, starts at £56,900.
Tesla’s new autopilot chip and car sharing software is due to roll out later this year. The new self-driving function can be added for another £4900, or installed post-purchase for £6800. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had already confirmed that UK orders would go live in a tweet, which allowed UK customers to place an order before Tesla raised the price of its ‘full self-driving’ autonomous functionality.
As Tesla’s Superchargers gain capacity and the demand for electricity grows, Model 3 owners will not get free access to the Tesla Supercharger high-speed charging system. The Californian company will be charging for electricity as demand grows, requiring more investment to expand its charging network.