Tesla Explains Model S Price Hike - Also Announces Battery Pack Prices

The recent announcement made by Tesla, that they would be adding an additional $2,500 to the $57,400 base price of the Model S sedan. While price changes are common in the automotive industry, the increase operated by Tesla seems a bit steep, if one does not have the appropriate background information.
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In order to clear up at least some of the questions posed by those who have already ordered the car, as well as the prospective buyers who are thinking of ordering the EV, Tesla VP of worldwide sales and ownership experience, George Blanenship gave additional explanations on the matter.

He noted that with the increase in price, owners will be getting extra stuff, like 12-way adjustable heated front seats, which will become standard, as of 2013, while the Performance Package will include 19-inch rims as standard, while 21-inch wheels will still be sold as an optional extra.

They have also added a 50,000-mile Four-Year Extended Warranty pack, which costs an additional $2,500, while a Four-Year 50,000-mile Prepaid Maintenance program is now available for $1,900. Another important piece of information, shared by Blanenship is the pricing information for the three battery packs.

The 40 kWh pack will cost $8,000 to replace, while the 60 kWh pack costs $2,000 more and the largest pack, the 85 kWh variant adds 2000 more dollars to that. More information will be made available soon, according to the official information.
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