When Tesla started taking orders in Australia, the price of their Full Self-Driving capability was A$7,100. At the time it seemed fairly cheap compared to the international pricing of the same feature.
Without warning, Tesla has now increased the price to A$8,500 (a jump of $1,400) for the same feature. Naturally, plenty of owners are not happy, given the only recent change to remove the price penalty for adding it after purchase.
If you were all in on FSD and ordered it already, the good news is that price is locked away. If you fall in that camp, you may have secured FSD at its lowest price ever, with Musk indicating the price may rise over time.
A number of savy Tesla Model 3 buyers were holding off on adding it to their vehicle during purchase to reduce the amount of Luxury Car Tax paid to the Government.
The other very rational reason for not adding FSD right now, is that the features requires Government approval before they’re able to enable in each country. Until that is achieved (likely next year) the money would likely be better positioned in your account rather than Tesla’s. Depiste the price change today, I believe that’s still the case.
The feature description on Tesla’s website doesn’t really reflect this important legislative hurdle, stating that a number of features are coming this year.
Full Self-Driving Capability
- Auto Lane Change: automatic lane changes while driving on the motorway.
- Autopark: both parallel and perpendicular spaces.
Coming later this year:
- Recognise and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
- Automatic driving on city streets.
- Summon: your parked car will come find you anywhere in a car park. Really.
- Navigate on Autopilot: automatic driving from motorway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars.