• Michelle Hebert

Tesla discontinuing their Model S car

The car company Tesla is no longer going to make the rear-wheel drive Model S 75 car after Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The car had been the cheapest out of all Tesla cars. In July 2017, Tesla told Electrek about the company’s plans to stop making the Model S cars, but Tesla did not give a specific date, according to Futurism.

Tesla’s main reason for discontinuing the car is to make room for the Model 3 currently in production. The Model 3 car, just like the Model S car, is designed to be the safest car in its class. This event is not the first time Tesla has discontinued a car: in 2016 the company discontinued two cars to make room for the current lineup of Model S cars, according to Futurism.

The Model S car’s cost started at $69,500 and was the cheapest model available. Now, the dual-motor Model S 75D will be the cheapest available, at a price of $74,500, The Verge reported. The “D” stands for dual motor, CNN reported.

Model 3’s advertised prices are only $35,000 but can easily end up being more with options. According to Business Insider, “The Model 3 is Tesla's first mass-market car and was always set to replace the base Model S as the company's cheapest vehicle.”

The demand for Tesla cars is higher than the supply, which also causes the price to increase, and people who preorder the model 3 cannot even pay the $35,000 base price yet. The model 3 cars will not be available to first-time Tesla buyers for at least a year.