If you’re looking to buy a new Model S or Model X from Tesla, your cost just went up. CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company is ditching the 75kWh battery pack for both vehicles. This means that the base price for the cars has just gone up significantly. Tesla uses this battery pack in the base models of both vehicles.
Musk tweeted that starting on Monday, Tesla will stop taking orders for the 75kWh version of the Model S and Model X. Customers who want to purchase this version have until January 13th to place an order directly on Tesla.com. The 75kWh Model S and Model X costs $76,000 and $82,000 respectively.
Now that these battery packs are out, the base model becomes the one with the 100kWh pack. This results in a substantial increase in the bare minimum a customer has to pay in order to purchase either vehicle new. The Model S and Model X will now cost $94,000 and $97,000 respectively.
Tesla isn’t ditching the 75kWh battery pack for the Model 3 as yet. Its mass-market electric sedan is still available with it and it must be mentioned that this particular 75kWh battery pack has differently sized cells.
Musk did not offer a reason for this move and a Tesla spokesperson declined to comment.
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