tech2 News StaffJan 10, 2019 15:17:30 IST
Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S & X. If you’d like that version, please order by Sunday night at https://t.co/46TXqRJ3C1
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019
The 100 kWh battery versions of the S and X which are the higher-end models will continue to sell. However, the prices of the models will be increased, according to a report by CNBC. After this change take effect, the prices will change. The starting price for a new Model S will be $94,000 and the starting price for a Model X will be $97,000.
There is no information about why the base models are being discontinued.
Last week, Tesla announced breaking ground for its Shanghai Gigafactory, which is the company's first outside the US. In Shanghai, Tesla will begin manufacturing both batteries and the Model 3 electric vehicles by year-end.
Company chief Elon Musk tweeted in a Twitter thread, ahead of the start of construction of the site, that the factory will produce affordable versions of the Model 3 and Model Y for greater China. Tesla plans to produce its Model 3 and Model Y cars in the initial phase of production at the Shanghai plant, with an annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles. High-volume Model 3 production in Gigafactory 3 is expected to start sometime in 2020.
Also, the parents of a Florida teenager who was killed when a Tesla sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the electric car company alleging that the battery pack on its electric Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires.