Tesla Inc. announced it will be closing many of its U.S. retail outlets and moving to online sales only as it launches its Model 3.
The standard Model 3 is said to offer up to 220 miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.6 seconds and will come with a stick price of US$35,000.
“To achieve these prices while remaining financially sustainable, Tesla is shifting sales worldwide to online only,” said a press release posted on the automaker’s website announcing the move. “You can now buy a Tesla in North America via your phone in about one minute, and that capability will soon be extended worldwide. We are also making it much easier to try out and return a Tesla, so that a test drive prior to purchase isn’t needed. You can now return a car within seven days or 1,000 miles for a full refund. Quite literally, you could buy a Tesla, drive several hundred miles for a weekend road trip with friends and then return it for free. With the highest consumer satisfaction score of any car on the road, we are confident you will want to keep your Tesla.”
Tesla claims that by moving sales of its vehicles online, the company will be able to lower vehicle prices by six per cent, “allowing us to achieve the $35,000 Model 3 price point earlier than we expected. Over the next few months, we will be winding down many of our stores, with a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers. The important thing for customers in the United States to understand is that, with online sales, anyone in any state can quickly and easily buy a Tesla.”