Shoppers perusing Tesla’s website will no longer find the affordable Model 3 variant listed as an option. The Model 3 Short Range option, which boasts the advertised $35,000 price tag, will now launch in six to nine months.
Ars Technica reported on last Friday that the car disappeared from the website, but the electric-car maker responded and said plans haven’t changed to roll out the more affordable electric car in the near future. The news leaves the Model 3 Long Range with a premium interior option as the least-expensive Model 3 electric car at $49,000.
Tesla said the company wants to focus on the vehicles that are available currently when it was asked why the Model 3 Short Range was removed from the website. The company has worked tirelessly to produce 5,000 units per week and ramp up production of the electric car. Now, the more affordable Model 3 is expected in six to nine months.
In the meantime, it only gives the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV more cover. The Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before federal tax credits. And soon, Tesla buyers will not receive federal tax credits at all; Tesla became the first automaker to reach the 200,000-car threshold for the tax credits.