Order freeze imposed on the Model 3 Long Range in North America
Tesla has imposed an order freeze in North America for one of the most popular variants of the Model 3. The Model 3 can no longer be ordered Long Range in the USA and Canada, only as a base and performance version.
According to CEO Elon Musk, the background to this is that the waiting list for the Model 3 LR is too long – the order backlog extends well into 2023. When Tesla has increased production, the model variant will return. Since the demand for electric cars in several regions of the USA has risen sharply recently, Musk had already warned against such a step in May. So the (temporary) halt in orders comes as no surprise.
The Model 3 with rear-wheel drive currently costs 46,990 dollars in the US in the basic configuration, the Performance is available from 62,990 dollars. Before the latest update in the US configurator, the Model 3 Long Range cost $57,990.
Because of this price, the Model 3 will probably only qualify for the new US tax credit for electric cars in the base version in future, as soon as US President Joe Biden signs the new regulation. From then on, a price cap of $55,000 will apply to passenger car models, and $80,000 for SUVs and pickups. If the Model 3 Longe Range is eligible in 2023, Tesla would have to lower the price by around 3,000 dollars.
electrek.co, tesla.com (configurator)
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