And while Tesla said last week that only cars ordered by October 15 would be guaranteed delivery before the end of 2018, when the available federal tax credit for their purchase drops from $7,500 to $3,750, the Model 3 ordering website says that deliveries of the mid-range versions are possible within six to 10 weeks, which would get some in before the deadline.
The Mid Range comes with a single motor and rear-wheel drive whereas the Long Range and even pricier Model 3 Performance now come with dual motors and all-wheel drive exclusively.
The move could frustrate Tesla fans who put down a $1,000 deposit two years ago for what they believed would be a sleek electric sedan costing about $27,500 after tax incentives.
Tesla's website puts the new car's purchase price at $45,000 before fees and taxes.
Although Tesla has promised a base-level version of the Model 3 priced at $35,000, so far it has only produced higher-cost versions starting at about $49,000. The total cost for the technology was $9,000 at the time of purchase, or $10,000 if you made a decision to upgrade after buying the vehicle. The lower price was achieved by launching a Model 3 variant with a smaller battery.
Earlier this week Tesla revealed a freakish new referral programme that rewards owners by sending an image of their choice "etched in glass" to deep space.
Build combinations are reduced versus other versions of the Model 3 lineup.
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The laser-etched photos - sent as part of the "Launch Your Photo into Deep Space Orbit" reward - would nearly certainly be sent up with SpaceX rockets.
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Now the self-driving capability option, which costs between $3,000 and $5,000, has been removed from their online design studios, but the company's $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package is now officially available to order.
It will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60mph (0-100kph) in under six seconds. Expect the model with the standard battery to arrive in the next four to six months, Tesla says.
The auto has no traditional dashboard, but instead a computer monitor in the center of the vehicle which shows details about the vehicle and its route.
This $75,000 Model X was seen in Harare this week and is believed to be the first fully electrical auto to be delivered to the country. That model, however, remains delayed until 2019, the company said Thursday.