The Long-Range Tesla Model 3 is Finally Available Again

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Things change quickly at Tesla, including pricing and the models it sells. The automaker has listed a Model 3 long-range model on its site with a “coming soon” tag for a while, and buyers can now order the car after a several-month hiatus from the company’s catalog.

CEO Elon Musk cited the car’s extended wait list as the reason behind its disappearance last August. The car promises 325 miles on a charge and starts at $48,880, including shipping charges and the car comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Model 3 Performance remains the range-topper, bringing more power, different brakes, and a much higher price tag. 

The Model 3 is eligible for federal tax credits, but the long-range model can only get $3,750 because of where its batteries are sourced and manufactured. New rules state that materials must come from a free-trade country, so the automaker likely sources the long-range car’s battery from an unapproved region. 

Previously, the long-range car had a 358-mile range and a higher price tag, so the new car’s sub-$50,000 MSRP is welcome news for buyers. Tesla has lowered prices on all models this year, with the Model 3 seeing price cuts of more than ten percent since the beginning of the year. The Model 3 remains its cheapest model, but a smaller, lower-cost car is expected next year.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on May 03, 2023

    How long until either they discontinue it or suspend sales or raise prices significantly. My guess is within a month or two

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on May 05, 2023

      "There's a reason EBflex doesn't work at Tesla."

      Oh please do elaborate. I haven't read your lies in a while.

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on May 04, 2023

    So, Tesla's "$35,000 car" is now up to $49,000. Nice.

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on May 06, 2023

      In fact, they didn’t:

      ”Tesla never shipped any of those $35,000 Model 3s, though. Customers who placed orders saw their delivery windows get delayed by weeks or months, and some reported that Tesla salespeople tried to up-sell them to the Standard Range Plus in the meantime.”

      After three years of promises, cutting everything to the bone to try and make this fantasy work, they never delivered on that promise. It was “on sale” for all of about a month and a half. You Tesla people love to ignore reality but the fact is, the $35k Model 3 was far less successful than the 1948 Tucker Torpedo. At least those made it to customers hands.

  • Dale Houston Dale Houston on May 04, 2023

    Nice. The LR is the sweet spot for the Model 3.

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