|Tesla is shaping up to be an unstoppable force in a future that esteems autopilot technology as the centerpiece feature that cars would likely have / Photo by: Windell Oskay via Wikimedia Commons|
Tesla is shaping up to be an unstoppable force in a future that esteems autopilot technology as the centerpiece feature that cars would likely have. They are particularly starting to roll out the autopilot feature in Australia.
Reported by The Driven, Tesla intends to keep holding on to the autopilot push despite what carmakers and skeptic consumers still say about it, announcing that the feature will be “standard” in both the US and Australian Models S and X.
Why Australia? Well, it turns out that the starting price of the models is actually being closely watched upon their arrival in Australia around mid-2019.
Most of these speculations have also been sparked by an unknown “source” from inside Tesla that said that the price may hover around the $60,000 range, although Tesla themselves were quick to drag that piece of information as being inaccurate. After this information leak, Tesla insisted that there has been no set price as of late, but that hasn’t abated the speculations.
The report indicates: “There has been much speculation about the price of the Model 3 in Australia, from the Alex Shoolman model which had the base price starting at $A54,212 (however this model is now over 18 months old) to the more recent Model 3 calculator as created by aspiring Model 3 owner Alexei Watson which suggests a starting price of $A62,000.”
These prices would probably already include the price for the autopilot feature itself, which had previously cost around an extra $A4,300. In the United States, that number is a little lower, at $US2,000 ($A2,842 at today’s rates).
Based on Alexei Watson’s calculations, the speculations for the price of the Model 3 sit at “$A65,206 based on on-day conversion rates” and “$A69,805, using the straight conversion from the new price of the Standard Range Plus in the US ($US39,500).”