Tesla has significantly reduced the prices of its cars, both in the U.S. and Europe. The price cuts appeared on Tesla’s website on Thursday, without any announcement from Tesla or its CEO Elon Musk. Right now, the Tesla Model 3 starts at $43,990, down from $46,990 just days ago. The Tesla Model Y starts at $52,990, down from $65,990. Both vehicles now quality for the $7,500 U.S. Federal Tax credit, meaning U.S. buyers can shave that amount off the price, too (the Model Y was previously too expensive to qualify for the credit). This means you can now get a Tesla Model Y for just $45,490, a clean $20,500 less than what it cost two days ago. images-1.fill_.size_2000x1160.v1673609836 Tesla’s high-end models have also gotten cheaper. The Tesla Model S now starts at $94,990, while the Model X starts at $109,990. Prices have gone down significantly in other European markets. In the UK, the cheapest Tesla Model 3 now starts at £42,990 ($52,511), a £5,500 ($6,713) reduction. In Germany, the starting price for the Tesla Model 3 is €43,990 ($47,596), a €6,000 ($6,492) reduction. The prices have similarly been slashed in other European markets.
The price reductions come after a period in which Tesla often increased the prices of its cars amid a massive demand that saw waiting times increase to months or even years for certain models. The first signs that the tide is changing, ahead of a potential recession, were significantly reduced wait times in Nov. 2022, as well as discounts on some new models in Dec. 2022. The latest cuts are likely Tesla’s attempt to boost sales. The company is expected to implement a hiring freeze and lay off more workers in the first quarter of 2023.