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Tesla will no longer offer its cheapest model after April 16.

According to Electrek, the Tesla Model S 60 and 60D, which started at $68,000 and which offered 60kWh batteries, will be discontinued. Instead, the Model S will only be offered with 75kWh battery packs.

That’s because, according to Tesla, most drivers with the 60kWh batteries ended up paying a fee to get upgraded to 75kWh anyway, and the company wanted to make the ordering process more efficient. The Model S with the 75kWh will start at $74,500.

Later this year, Tesla will launch the Model 3, which will start at $35,000 and will house a battery pack that’s smaller than 60kWh.

Here was the email Tesla sent to customers on Friday, explaining the changes.

One year ago, we introduced the Model S 60 kWh battery as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75kWh. To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup.

Customers who still want the opportunity to own a 60 kWh Model S will have until April 16, 2017 to place their order. Any 60 kWh Model S will have the ability to upgrade their battery to 75 kWh via an over the air update.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is the Weekend Editor for the Daily Dot and covers the world of YouTube. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He’s also a longtime sports writer, covering the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.

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