Tesla cuts price of Model 3 to US$35,490, Australian driveaway price is A$72,262

Tesla has just updated the price of the Model 3 and Model Y in the US. The price of a Model 3 Standard Range Plus now starts at US$35,490,...

Tesla has just updated the price of the Model 3 and Model Y in the US. The price of a Model 3 Standard Range Plus now starts at US$35,490, including $2,000 of incentives.

Landing the price with a 35 at the start of it, is an important milestone. When Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3 back in April 2016, he revealed the price would start at US$35,000. Famously it took a couple of years of production to finally make a car for that price, a spec that was retired shortly after.

The price arriving back to this US$35k low is now due to efficiencies found in production and battery technology, along with a couple of nice incentives from the state and federal agencies. As we know, Tesla produced more than 450,000 Model 3 and Model Y in 2020 alone, so a price drop will surely help stimulate even further demand.

It’s also worth noting the announcement this week of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, an update to their small car that starts at $31,995. At a premium of just US$3,495 it’d be a hard case to make that someone should opt for the Bolt over the Model 3, particularly when you have Autopilot and the option to get FSD.

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If we look closer to home, the Australian prices remain unchanged which now highlights a massive discrepancy. Australians are now paying more than double the price to driveaway.

In Australia (pricing based on VIC), the vehicle costs A$68,425 inc GST. Once we add the local taxes, the driveaway price of that same car, is A$72,262.

Some of the difference can be accounted for by the exchange rate (0.78), but not all of it. If we take the US price and translate it to AUD, we arrive at a price of A$45,772.27. At that price, sales of the Model 3 (and therefore electric cars) would explode. There’s simple many more buyers at that price bracket, than there is at A$70k+.

As for the Model Y, Australia is still waiting for the RHD order page to go live, while American’s can be in the car for US$38,490.

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Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021
6 Comments on this post.

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  • JC
    18 February 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Add GST and the true price should be around $51k AUD for base Model 3..

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    • Jason Cartwright
      18 February 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Sales tax varies state to state, in California, it’s 7.25%. So yes that accounts for some but not all of the premium.

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      • Mike Smith
        19 February 2021 at 10:35 am
        • Jason Cartwright
          19 February 2021 at 1:31 pm

          It doesn’t, because that changes per state, but while that accounts for some of the difference the gap is still substantial.

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  • Ryan
    19 February 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Actually the comparison doesn’t end there. Aussies are getting the Chinese made (and lower cost) Model 3. So congrats Tesla, you have graduated to the big league (price gouging Aussies).

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    • Retireland
      26 February 2021 at 6:01 pm

      A eeek ago after the first Chinese made Model 3 arrived in Japan the price on the cars was reduced by up to 24% from previous pricing. There is a ship that just offloaded 800 Chinese made model 3 at Port Kembla – it took a bit longer for the cars to get to Oz.
      I note that our exchange rate is additionally 10% better than Australia’s last price adjustment.
      It is my bet, with a deposit on one of these cars, that Tesla will treat us like the Japanese.

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