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Tesla to stop selling its least-expensive car

It's all in the name of ordering efficiency.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Mar 18, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 8:21 pm CDT

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.

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*First Published: Mar 18, 2017, 3:36 pm CDT