In a move that is difficult to explain, customers in Canada now order the 151km (93 miles) Standard Range (SR) Model 3 directly from Tesla’s website.
The software locked SR Model 3 was first introduced in May 2019 and priced at $44,990 CAD. Tesla added it with a reduced range and lower price so that the more expensive Standard Range Plus (SR+) Model 3 could qualify for the $5,000 iZEV rebate.
It has remained available for purchase since then, but only “off menu”. If someone wanted to purchase it, they would have to contact Tesla directly.
Now with a click of a box, customers can order it directly online through the Design Studio. (h/t: Alpha_Stream)
Priced at $46,329 ($44,999 before fees), it even comes without basic Autopilot, which is a $4,000 upgrade. According to the Design Studio, it also comes with the new wood door trim first seen in China.
Since it is priced just below $45,000, it still qualifies for the $5,000 iZEV incentive. Additional provincial incentives are still applicable, meaning buyers in Quebec should be able to buy it for $31,999.
The addition of this vehicle to the Design Studio is a bit of a strange move by Tesla. The car was introduced as a compliance car, and made so unattractive with a low range that Tesla didn’t really expect many people to buy it.
Not many people did. From May 2019 to March 2020, just 126 SR Model 3’s were sold in Canada. That compares to the 12,098 SR+ Model 3’s sold during the same time period.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be buying the SR Model 3 now that it’s available online.