Elon Musk’s car company promised to make an affordable electric car for everyone, but it’s still a long way from the result, and now, even the base Model 3 is truly for a few.
Elon Musk’s promise to turn Tesla into the automaker that would bring the “everyone” electric car to market veered (by and large) quite a bit, everyone noticed, when Musk himself reneged on his promise: the launch of a $35,000 Tesla Model 3. It had arrived. This car is already in March 2019, but only in the US, only if it was purchased online and has been on the market for a very short time.
Then, with Covid-19, shutdowns and the logistics crisis of 2020, that price lost track until, in April 2022, Musk himself on Twitter had to admit: “Tesla and SpaceX are experiencing recent and significant inflation pressures on raw materials and logistics.” Interpreter: Goodbye, Tesla’s economist dream, at least for a while. On the contrary: prices are rising and even rising a lot both in the United States and the rest of the world, and now in Italy as well. In fact, Tesla has also revised the listing in our country, where it currently sells Model 3 and Model Y.
3 BASE MODEL: How much does it cost
The cheapest Tesla ever, in Italy and the rest of the world, is the rear-wheel drive Tesla Standard Range, therefore with a single engine and a declared autonomy of 491 km on the Wltp cycle. That car costs, today, 57,490 euros, compared to 54,990 euros it cost in April, when Musk smelled a surge on the horizon. That’s an exact €2,500 price increase and no, it’s not speculation caused by state incentives for electric cars because the Tesla Model 3 costs more than €35,000 plus the maximum value-added tax allowed for the environmental incentives.
Thus, the new rate is the market price that will remain for several months, net of other increases. Which is very similar, for comparison, with the starting price of the BMW 5 Series diesel sedan: the 518d, in fact, today starts at 57,500 euros, practically the same as the rear-wheel drive 3 Standard model with the new price.
Model Y: how much it costs
It also increases in the price of the second Tesla for sale in Italy, the Model Y which is nothing more than a derivative of the Model 3 electric SUV. In Italy, the Tesla Model Y is available in two versions: the Model Y Long Range (533 km of autonomy , 217 km/h top speed and 0-100 mph in 5 seconds), and typical performance (514 km/h of autonomy, 250 km/h of top speed and 0-100 mph in 3.7 seconds). The price of the first has now increased to 65,990 euros, while the price of the second has increased to 71,990 euros.
Once again, we are very close to the price of a premium model so well known in the thermal world: the diesel BMW X5 xDrive 25d, in fact, has a base price starting slightly higher: 72,600 euros. The problem, however, is that at least in theory the Model 3 and Model Y should compete with the BMW 3 Series and X3 and not with the 5 Series and X5 which, at best, should be compared to the Model S and Model X. This, unfortunately, shows how much par The price between an electric car and an equivalent thermal competitor is still a long way off, which is practically the true promise made by Musk at the time.
TESLA Model 2: Not received
In all of this, we also remember that Tesla has officially put aside, at least for the time being, to bring a $25,000 budget model to market. In fact, the so-called “Model 2” will not soon be manufactured with the acceptance of Elon Musk himself, who admitted, in his usual tweet, in January that Tesla has too many projects to develop at the moment to even consider $25,000.
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