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In Germany, Tesla is charging a base price of 44,500 euros (plus a handling fee of 980 euros) for this version, which offers a WLTP range of 415 km. The decision to maintain ownership of its leased Model 3 fleet for such future use indicates Tesla's high level of confidence in the development of its Full Self-Driving program.

The new special-order Standard Range will have about 216 miles of range and won't have Tesla navigation, heated seats, and streaming music. According to Tesla, the background to the changes is that six times as many copies of the "Standard Plus" version as the standard version have been sold so far and Tesla wants to "minimize complexity and streamline processes" when ordering online.

So how much does a Tesla Model 3 really cost?

The electric vehicle maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3, which starts at $39,500 and is now the lowest-price option available to digital consumers, along with higher-end models.

More changes happened this week and it's now no longer possible to buy the $35,000 Model 3 online.

The leasing option is available for all Model 3 variants with annual mileage caps of 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Musk introduced the $35,000 Model 3 in February, and Tesla started taking online orders for the vehicle then. If customers want those additions, they will need to upgrade to the $39,500 Standard Plus model by paying the difference. The regular package is what will now come standard with all Tesla cars.

We've already lost the standard range Model S and the Model 3 Mid Range battery option got dropped.

"Tesla was the one who decided that $35,000 was the magic number for an affordable [electric vehicle]", Caldwell said.

$35,000 was meant to be the base price for the Model 3 line ever since its announcement in 2016. Popularity. As it turns out, more people were buying the Standard Plus over the Standard Range. The company warns that customers who choose leasing will not have the option to buy the auto at the end of the term, as the vehicles will be used for Tesla's ride-hailing network.

It's important to highlight that "customers who choose leasing over owning will not have the option to purchase their auto at the end of the lease".