When it first went on sale in Canada, the Tesla Model 3 was an entry-level electric sedan capable of travelling 354 kilometres on a full charge.
A few months later, the company increased its range to 386 kilometres in base trim—just a little more than the Chevrolet Bolt EV at the time.
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The latter was updated for 2020 and offers drivers the ability to cover up to 417 kilometres between charges. We’re not sure if it’s a cause-and-effect thing, but the Model 3 Standard Range Plus is now listed at 402 kilometres on Tesla’s online configurator.
The car retails for $55,990 including freight and delivery, meaning it has an MSRP of $54,600 (up from $53,700 previously). Consequently, it still qualifies for a $5,000 rebate from the federal government.
How so? Well, since Tesla decided on May 1 to also sell a Model 3 variant with a software-locked range of 150 kilometres and a base price of $44,999 (you must call or visit a Tesla store to order one), the standard car is eligible.
Ottawa’s program specifies that “for eligible vehicles with six or fewer seats, higher-priced versions (trims) are eligible as long as the final manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $55,000 or less.”
As for the Long Range and Performance variants, they continue to provide 499 kilometres of range. Of course, they also benefit from all-wheel drive whereas the regular Model 3 has rear-wheel drive only.