If you’ve recently been shopping for a Tesla Model S and using the official website’s configurator you may want to double check the pricing.
The electric automaker has quietly changed the way its Model S is priced, according to recent shoppers and current owners online. While the base price of the vehicle is only marginally higher than before, some options and packages have seen drastic price increases, while others have actually been lowered. But for the vast majority of shoppers, the overall Model S price has gone up for some configurations by much as 10 percent, or $10,000 or more.
According to one Model S owner, who purchased his vehicle in December 2012, it would cost $14,550 more today. Currently, the base price of the Model S is $71,070 for the 60-kwh model once you add back the $7,500 the automaker subtracts on its website. The most expensive model, the 85-kwh P85 Performance, is priced from $91,070. Tesla also has shorter production times for the higher-end models, another incentive for those eager buyers to spring for the more expensive configuration.
Of course at the end of the day, Tesla is a business and it has to be profitable. While other automakers such as Nissan are slashing the prices on its electric vehicles, Tesla has been experiencing high demand. This could have been the automaker’s plan all along, now that the Model S has received all the positive press it needs to move them off the Tesla stores’ lots.
[Source: Hybrid Cars]
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