Faced with slumping sales and increasing financial stresses, Tesla has shifted course several times in the last two months, deciding to keep stores after saying it would close most and cutting prices before raising them again.
Now, in the latest course correction, Tesla says it will end online sales of the long-awaited ,000 version of its Model 3 sedan, its lowest-priced offering, and make other changes that will effectively raise the price of the car for many customers.
The move comes just over a month after Tesla announced that the ,000 version was finally coming to market.
“The constant shifting of pricing and options is really confusing and frustrating for customers,” Mike Ramsey, a Gartner analyst, said Friday. “People buy a car for one price, and a few weeks later it’s selling for a different price.”
In a blog post late Thursday, Tesla said customers wanting the ,000 version of the Model 3 would have to make the purchase by phone or in person at one of its stores.
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The cheapest Model 3s ordered online will now include Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system and a longer battery range, features that increase the price to ,500. The blog post said Tesla was making the changes to “simplify vehicle choices and to make Autopilot more affordable.” Such a configuration would previously have cost ,500, it said.
A Tesla spokesman said the change would allow the company to produce one version of the Model 3 and use software to limit the battery range and turn off features such as heated seats for customers who wanted the ,000 model. A longer range and additional features will be switched on in the ,500 car, known as the Standard Plus model. Previously, Tesla planned to put a smaller battery pack in the basic model and a larger one in the Standard Plus, the spokesman said.
Tesla’s announcement also said it would begin leasing the Model 3, but would not offer customers the option to buy the cars after their leases expired, a departure from the typical industry practice and its own policy on other models.
Tesla said it aimed to upgrade Model 3s returned after a lease to allow them to drive themselves, with no human at the wheel, and be deployed in a driverless taxi fleet. The company acknowledged that the technology for driverless taxis was still in development and would need to be approved by safety regulators before such a business could begin.
The latest moves coincide with a slump in Tesla’s sales, especially in the United States. In the first quarter, the company delivered about 63,000 cars, a 31 percent drop from the fourth quarter. Elon Musk, the company’s chief executive, has also said Tesla has experienced delays and difficulties starting up deliveries of the Model 3 in Europe and China, and will report a loss in the first quarter after producing profits in the final two quarters of 2018.
Tesla has forecast 2019 deliveries of 360,000 to 400,000 cars, but after the weak showing in the first quarter, it will have to deliver an average of about 100,000 cars in the final three quarters to reach that range. Domestic demand is likely to be tempered further after July 1, when the federal tax credit available to Tesla customers falls to ,875 from the current ,750.
“We think TSLA will be hard pressed to hit the guidance” on deliveries, Garrett Nelson, an analyst at CFRA Research, wrote in a note to investors Thursday.
New areas of concern have emerged, too. Tesla’s battery partner, Panasonic, said this week that it was “watching the demand situation” and studying whether to go ahead with further investments in the battery plant, known as the Gigafactory, that the two companies operate in Nevada.
The statement was a response to a report by the Japanese news organization Nikkei that Panasonic was freezing its investments in the plant. The company recently ousted the executive who had engineered the partnership with Tesla.
In its own statement, Tesla said it and Panasonic “continue to invest substantial funds” in the Nevada plant, but were now focusing more on increasing production without adding new equipment.
“We are seeing significant gains from upgrading existing lines to increase output,” Tesla said.
A prominent skeptic on Wall Street, David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, who has long bet against Tesla’s shares, cited the report about the Gigafactory, along with the recent sales figures and accounts of quality problems, as evidence that “the wheels are falling off.”
The ,000 version of the Model 3 has long been seen as a potential gateway to the mass market. As recently as January, Mr. Musk estimated that global demand for the Model 3 would reach 700,000 to 800,000 cars a year “in a strong economy.”
He originally began extolling the ,000 model in 2016. On Feb. 28, in announcing that it was finally becoming available, Mr. Musk said Tesla would close most of its stores and showrooms to cut costs in hopes of producing the low-priced version at a profit, while increasing its emphasis on online sales. Less than two weeks later, the company retreated, saying it would keep many stores and showrooms open.
Tesla’s shares finished slightly lower on Friday, and are down 16 percent since their close on Feb. 28.B:
【比】【赛】【结】【束】。 【以】【小】【牛】【队】【在】【主】【场】110【比】**，21【分】【大】【胜】【告】【终】。 【在】【这】【场】【比】【赛】【结】【束】【后】，【林】【阳】【作】【为】【赛】【后】【的】【代】【表】【出】【席】【了】【新】【闻】【发】【布】【会】，【他】【本】【场】【比】【赛】【的】【数】【据】【为】14【分】15【助】【攻】5【篮】【板】，【此】【外】【还】【有】1【次】【抢】【断】，【还】【贡】【献】【了】【一】【次】【盖】【帽】。 【他】【连】【续】【两】【场】【比】【赛】【贡】【献】15【个】【助】【攻】，【也】【使】【得】【他】【成】【为】【了】NBA【历】【史】【上】【第】【一】【个】【在】【季】【后】【赛】【前】【两】【场】【比】
“【姜】【姐】【姐】【可】【真】【是】【有】【眼】【光】，【会】【选】【择】，【那】【姜】【姐】【姐】【你】【们】【直】【接】【住】【进】【去】【就】【行】【了】。” 【瑶】【华】【见】【了】【姜】【荔】【的】【选】【择】【后】，【她】【笑】【着】【夸】【赞】【了】【她】【一】【句】。 【因】【为】【姜】【荔】【所】【选】【择】【的】【那】【个】【阁】【楼】，【的】【确】【是】【可】【以】【看】【到】【宝】【子】【村】【最】【漂】【亮】【的】【风】【景】【所】【在】【处】。 【要】【不】【然】【当】【初】【在】【设】【计】【图】【纸】【时】，【瑶】【华】【也】【不】【会】【选】【择】【在】【那】【一】【处】【建】【立】【阁】【楼】【了】。 【只】【是】【为】【什】【么】【建】【好】【起】【来】【后】，【瑶】【华】【那】【么】
【如】【此】，【自】【从】【在】【这】【之】【前】【的】【时】【候】，【那】【一】【个】【加】【入】【了】【德】【罗】【斯】【的】【哥】【布】【林】【部】【落】【里】【面】【的】【狼】【王】【通】【过】【黑】【鸦】【的】【手】【掌】，【已】【经】【是】【大】【概】【的】【知】【道】【了】【自】【己】【的】【身】【躯】【之】【上】【的】【一】【些】【缺】【陷】，【在】【接】【下】【来】【的】【一】【段】【时】【间】【里】【里】【面】【的】【话】，【他】【也】【就】【是】【在】【围】【绕】【着】【这】【一】【些】【缺】【点】，【在】【进】【行】【改】【革】【和】【改】【变】。 【因】【为】【他】【自】【己】【的】【内】【心】【之】【中】【也】【是】【十】【分】【的】【清】【楚】，【自】【己】【的】【能】【力】，【跟】【黑】【鸦】【和】【德】【罗】【斯】【他】【这】【一】香港黑马堂心水论坛144【章】、【兴】【奋】【的】【三】【口】【之】【家】 【下】【午】【离】【开】【家】【的】【时】【候】，【赵】【晓】【波】【是】【答】【应】【妈】【妈】【今】【天】【晚】【上】【回】【家】【吃】【饭】【的】。 【在】【英】【语】【辅】【导】【班】【附】【近】【与】【领】【着】【小】【女】【孩】【的】【男】【子】【分】【开】【后】，【赵】【晓】【波】【又】【返】【回】【到】【前】【面】【的】【公】【路】【坐】【上】【了】【经】【由】【医】【院】【的】【公】【交】【车】，【因】【为】【他】【开】【到】【医】【院】【的】【轿】【车】【还】【停】【放】【在】【那】【里】。 【等】【到】【他】【开】【着】【车】【回】【到】【家】【里】【的】【时】【候】，【已】【经】【是】【下】【午】【七】【点】【多】【了】。【此】【时】，【妈】【妈】【已】
“【你】【笑】【什】【么】？”【秦】【兰】【看】【着】【身】【旁】【笑】【喷】【的】【陈】【麟】，【好】【奇】【道】。 “【啊】？【没】【什】【么】，【坐】【在】【你】【身】【边】【高】【兴】【的】。”【陈】【麟】【随】【便】【胡】【扯】【道】。 【秦】【兰】【闻】【言】【脸】【色】【微】【红】，【娇】【媚】【的】【白】【了】【眼】【陈】【麟】，【这】【家】【伙】【看】【来】【也】【不】【老】【实】。 【陈】【麟】【话】【刚】【出】【口】【就】【有】【些】【后】【悔】，【赶】【紧】【咳】【嗽】【了】【两】【声】，【正】【襟】【危】【坐】，【面】【无】【表】【情】【的】【看】【向】【了】【台】【上】【的】【马】【一】【琍】。 “【获】【得】【最】【受】【大】【学】【生】【欢】【迎】【导】【演】【奖】
【飞】【机】【上】，【子】【弹】【敲】【打】【着】【铁】【器】【的】【声】【音】，“【噼】【里】【啪】【啦】”【的】【震】【耳】【欲】【聋】…… 【老】【二】【一】【边】【躲】【藏】【着】【子】【弹】，【一】【边】【幸】【灾】【乐】【祸】【的】【喊】【道】： “【老】【三】，【看】【来】【你】【在】【他】【们】【那】【也】【不】【过】【如】【此】【啊】！【组】【织】【这】【就】【把】【你】【抛】【弃】【了】？” 【杜】【宇】【其】【狼】【狈】【的】【驾】【驶】【着】【飞】【机】，【还】【不】【忘】【回】【头】【大】【喊】，“【你】【们】【看】【着】【点】【儿】，【别】【打】【到】【我】【媳】【妇】【儿】！” …… 【庄】【家】【地】【里】，【老】【陈】【正】【用】【望】【远】
【帝】【国】【皇】【宫】，【西】【院】【小】【楼】，【宁】【静】【安】【详】。 【小】【楼】【中】，【依】【稀】【可】【见】【窗】【帘】【薄】【纱】【飞】【舞】，【一】【道】【身】【影】【笔】【直】【的】【坐】【在】【床】【前】，【几】【乎】【纹】【丝】【不】【动】。 【小】【楼】【外】，【隐】【蔽】【的】【角】【落】【里】【无】【数】【道】【目】【光】【盯】【着】【那】【道】【身】【影】，【时】【时】【刻】【刻】【关】【注】【着】【他】【的】【一】【举】【一】【动】。 【平】【静】【之】【下】，【暗】【流】【汹】【涌】！ 【院】【外】，【两】【道】【身】【影】【疾】【步】【而】【至】，【让】【不】【少】【隐】【藏】【在】【角】【落】【里】【的】【监】【视】【者】【暗】【暗】【心】【惊】。 【来】【者】
【这】【位】【仙】【家】【公】【子】【听】【闻】【青】【衣】【少】【女】【的】【一】【番】【由】【衷】【诚】【恳】【之】【言】【后】，【一】【时】【间】【竟】【并】【没】【有】【做】【出】【任】【何】【回】【应】。 【这】【倒】【是】【令】【这】【位】【女】【子】【多】【少】【有】【些】【不】【解】【和】【疑】【惑】。 【可】【当】【这】【名】【青】【衣】【少】【女】【仰】【起】【小】【脸】，【重】【新】【审】【视】【对】【方】【时】，【却】【意】【外】【发】【现】【眼】【前】【的】【这】【位】【仙】【家】【少】【爷】【竟】【然】【正】【用】【一】【种】【痴】【迷】【且】【轻】【佻】【目】【光】【盯】【着】【自】【己】，【并】【且】【肆】【意】【的】【上】【下】【打】【量】【个】【不】【停】。 【若】【不】【是】【此】【女】【的】【目】【光】【恰】【好】