Starting next month, you won’t be able to order what is currently the least expensive version of the Tesla Model S, which has a 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The company has notified those who have shown interest in the vehicles via email that they should place their orders for the Model S 60 or 60D by April 16, 2017, if they want to get it. After that, the EV with a starting price of $68,000 will be discontinued.
Both the Model S 60 and 60D actually come with a 75 kWh battery pack, which is locked to 60 kWh. Owners are able to unlock the remaining 15 kWh but have to fork out $9,500 to do so. According to Tesla, the majority of owners did eventually open up their wallets and decided to upgrade to 75 kWh. In order to simplify the ordering process, Tesla has therefore decided to completely remove the 60 kWh option from its lineup.
What this means is that starting April 17, the cheapest version of the Model S will cost you $74,500 before any state or federal tax incentives. If that’s too rich for your blood, you might want to wait until the Model 3 launches.
The upcoming EV starts at just $35,000 and is expected to go into production in July. If everything goes according to plan, first deliveries will begin by the end of the year. The vehicle has proven itself to be quite popular, as Tesla has already received more than 400,000 pre-orders.