Tesla discontinues rear-wheel drive Model 3
Tesla has discontinued production of the Model 3 with rear-wheel drive. This is the single-engine version with a “long-range” battery configuration, the longest range version to date. The Tesla Model 3 can now only be ordered with a four-wheel drive.
This quarter, for which Elon Musk announced new records, is nearing its end. Tesla therefore is attempting to consolidate production and make the process as simple as possible.
In Europe, the variant with a large battery and rear-wheel drive could no longer be easily configured online for some time now. Interested parties had to either order it via telephone or select a four-wheel drive model online and have the order manually changed from Tesla to rear-wheel drive by Tesla staff. Several potential customers have now reported on the Internet that this ordering process is no longer possible. Only a few pre-produced vehicles of this type are reportedly now still be available.
Meanwhile, a user on Reddit had published an e-mail in which several leasing companies were informed by Tesla that the production of the Model 3 with large battery and rear-wheel drive had been discontinued with immediate effect.
Regardless, Tesla appears to have expanded deliveries of the Model 3 to meet the announced record quarter. However, expiring subsidies in the US also likely to play a role. According to media reports, Tesla currently ships around 1,000 Model 3s per day in North America. Californians are trying to deliver between 33,000 and 36,000 copies of Model 3 to customers in North America in June. In addition, Model 3 will soon be shipped to the UK.