Customers complained directly to the CEO via social media after he shared the seemingly good news with followers that 20-inch wheels, a carbon-fiber decklid spoiler, lowered suspension, and quicker acceleration were available on the model at $64,000 as opposed to $69,000.
It led the 47-year-old billionaire to offer those who rushed in early to buy the motor, more bang for their buck.
Now customers can get the upgraded Tesla Model 3 Performance car for $64,000 as opposed to $69,000
CEO Elon Musk faced criticism on Twitter as customers complained about the cut cost
He had previously announced the slashed price on social media and got negative responses
Clarifying the deal after a tweet suggested it was a limited time sale and the price would soon be rising again, Musk replied: ‘Not going up. We will just offer those who ordered bought 3P either $5k back or free lifetime Supercharging.’
Supercharging the electric cars cost $0.24 per kWh and with 400kWh costing the customer $96 it will also take the driver 1,000 miles.
If a person only drove the car 12,000 miles on average each year, it would take just over four years to earn their upgrade money back.
Musk offered early buyers their money back or free Supercharging for life on the electric vehicles
CNN Business’ car expert, Peter Valdes-Dapena said that without the upgraded package, it wasn’t such an enjoyable experience anyway.
‘Without the upgraded wheels and tires, the Model 3 Performance felt awkward and, really, a little scary on a twisty mountain road,’ he said in a review.
In a statement, Tesla claimed they changed the deal for their dual motor all-wheel drive to ‘simplify’ their offering and give the ‘best possible driving experience to customers’.
The website states the car ‘will steer, accelerate and brake for you within almost any traffic lane’. It also automatically changes lanes on most highways to overtake other cars or navigate to interchanges and exits.
The Tesla motor was not a nice driving experience without the upgrade according to an expert
FBI agents were this week examining whether Tesla misstated information about production of its Model 3 sedans and misled investors about the company’s business going back to early 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Model Three is a key part of Tesla’s plan to expand from a niche player in the luxury segment to a car maker with broader appeal.
In early 2017, the Palo Alto -based company announced plans to produce up to 5,000 Model 3 a week by the end of that year. It fell far short, making just 793 in the last week and 2,700 for all of 2017.
Tesla struggled to ramp up Model Three production as promised, plagued by factory issues and reports of unfit working conditions.
Tesla officials ‘were transparent about how difficult it would be’ to ramp up Model 3 production, said spokesman Kamran Mumtaz.
‘Ultimately, given difficulties that we did not foresee in this first-of-its-kind production ramp, it took us six months longer than we expected to meet our 5,000 unit per week guidance’, he said.
Earlier this week, Tesla confounded critics by reporting healthy profits and significantly positive cash flow from July to September this year.
Last month, Tesla settled a civil lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission over tweets by founder Musk that funding was in place to take the company private.
Tesla had to pay $20million and Musk personally had to fork out $20million.