Tesla Kills Off RWD Long Range Model 3 Effective Immediately

Tesla has, apparently, axed the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive version of its Model 3 compact sedan.

This variant was the one the Model 3 debuted with in mid-2017 but, last year, was removed from the automaker’s online ordering system. However, it was still available up until mid-June if customers ordered one over the phone or by visiting a Tesla store.

As revealed by InsideEVs, in a message from Tesla sent to customers the electric car manufacturer said production of this model was “immediately halted by the plant”.

“This means that this version is no longer available,” the message continued. “Current offers are no longer delivered. We are currently examining the extent to which the plant has always produced [sic] produced your previously placed orders… Next week, we will inform you of the orders we can no longer deliver and the alternative we can offer.”

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This means that \Model 3 customers will have to either downgrade to the $31,850 Standard Range Plus, or upgrade to the $41,850 Long Range AWD (all prices are official and include Tesla’s estimated savings). Which is not necessarily good news for them, as the RWD had a more than adequate 325-mile (523 km) range and was just 0.5 seconds slower to 60 mph (96 km/h) than the AWD, at 4.9 seconds.

Although Tesla did not provide an explanation about this decision, the most likely reason is that it is trying to streamline the Model 3’s range by cutting down on variants, which should help speed up the production – and, probably, earn some extra money by making customers opt for the higher-profit margin AWD if they don’t want to compromise on performance.

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  • Doug the Thug

    $31,850?? Did a disciple of Musk write this story? That is not the price.

    • Mill0048

      Yeah, I checked the Tesla site and it’s $31,850 which includes $3,750 in “Incentives” and $4,300 in “Gas Savings”. So more like $36,150.

      • Doug the Thug

        Reading is tough these days.

    • TheBelltower

      Whoever wrote this took the price off of the Tesla website, and didn’t click “purchase price.” The default setting is “include potential savings” which deducts incentives and fuel.

  • Erocker

    This makes no sense to me, the long range RWD fills the void between the 2 other models perfectly.

    • helloWorld

      tesla doesn’t make sense. they have no strategy, other than to take subsidies. i would be surprised if it still exists in 10 years

      • Daniel

        bet you said that 10 years ago

        • Nick099

          Danny, it’s still how they make money today….if anyone pays attention. Tesla sells carbon credits to large companies.The reason for it has to do with government regs and laws not reality or true market forces. It is the bulk of any profit they make.

        • helloWorld

          no, ten years ago I liked tesla. but fanbois and musk ruined that for me. tesla should look for their third CEO

      • TheBelltower

        I’ll be surprised if Ford or GM still exists in 10 years.

        • JqC

          Well said.

    • JqC

      Yes, if your only criteria is the fact that you have just stated, that is the conclusion you would reach. However, there are other criteria to consider, such as what maybe Tesla alone knows; which is that that variant is probably being chosen far less than the ones above and below it, and as such, removing it from the offerings immediately increases economies of scales on the remaining higher-demand models. Thereby making them more profitable. This is precisely the reason that Tesla WILL be around in 10 years,(@helloWorld) and quite likely, why some of the legacy automakers won’t!

  • Nick Hebert

    The AWD is more like 0.8 seconds quicker. They advertise 4.4 but it’s really closer to 4.20. The fastest LR RWD times I’ve seen is 4.99. The difference is definitely more noticeable and about a full second apart in the quarter mile

  • Vassilis

    How much did it cost?

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