Tesla reduces its prices on two car models to encourage sales in the United States
Washington- Tesla has lowered the prices in the United States of its two most expensive vehicles, the Model X and the Model S, to encourage demand and due to increased competition in the sector.
The new base price for Model X, an SUV, is $99,990, about 9% less than before. Meanwhile, the price of the Model S saloon is now at $89,990, which represents a reduction of 5%.
In January, Tesla already reduced the prices of its vehicles in the United States and Canada between 6 and 20% to encourage sales.
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In 2022, Tesla produced a total of 1,369,611 vehicles and delivered 1,313,851, which means that 4% of total production did not have a buyer.
But of Model X and Model S, the company manufactured 71,177 units and only delivered 66,705 vehicles, which is 6.2% without a buyer.
The reduction in January caused other electric car manufacturers to lower their prices.
Ford slashed the price of the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV between one and 9 percent, depending on trim. The Mustang Mach-E was the third best-selling electric vehicle in the United States in 2022.
Following today’s price cut, Tesla shares traded lower in New York. Shortly before the markets closed, shares of the automaker lost 1.6% and traded at $194.64.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last week that only prices are holding us back from selling more vehicles, because the desire to own a company car is so high.
“Even small price changes have a big effect on demand”said the businessman after presenting the financial results of 2022.
Musk also stressed that one of Tesla’s key objectives in the medium term is to lower the costs and prices of its products.