Why all standard black Tesla cars are about to cost $1,000 more



Tesla will start charging $1,000 because of the once-standard black paint colour next month, as per a tweet Wednesday from CEO Elon Musk, the most recent pricing adjustment by the automaker because it aims for sustainability.

Basic white will become the new (and only) free standard paint colour, Musk added into a follow up tweet. Musk didn’t explain what prompted the shift or provide any additional details.

Automakers make pricing adjustments and provide incentives as instruments to boost margin and earnings. Yet, Tesla’s particular style — that mainly entails Musk tweeting outside the changes — often feels like a firm floating trial balloons to see what sticks, or that which its customer base will accept.

Starting next month, Tesla will cost $1000 for colour black (same price as silver)

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2019

Tesla has beefed up its promotion match in recent months over the heels of a disappointing quarter. In April, Tesla reported a wider-than-expected loss of $702 million in the first quarter following disappointing delivery numbers, costs and pricing adjustments to its vehicles hauled the automaker off of its profitability track.

As an example, the company released Tuesday a video declaring Beach Buggy Racing 2, the most recent video game has been added to its arcade program. In addition, it established a promotion that invited people to its showroom to test out all of its own video games.

Earlier this season, Musk tweeted in a price increase for its “complete self-driving” or even FSD attribute. Tesla vehicles aren’t self-driving. Musk has promised that its advanced driver assistance system Autopilot will continue to grow before finally reaching that full automation high-water mark. Autopilot now comes standard. The FSD attribute, a program upgrade, costs $6,000.

The price of vehicles using the conventional Autopilot is greater (even though it should be mentioned that this standard attribute is less than the prior price of the option).

Meanwhile, the Tesla is about to see its own national tax incentive reduced again, a growth that could weigh on earnings. (It must be mentioned that Musk stressed during Tesla’s shareholder meeting that there’s not a demand problem because of its automobiles, especially the Model 3.)

Musk educated his Twitter followers on Wednesday of the tax reduction. Tesla delivered its 200,000th electrical vehicle from 2018, a landmark that triggered a countdown to its $7,500 national tax credit offered to customers who purchase vehicles that were electric. The tax credit would drop to $1,875 following June 30. 

Reminder that US national taxation drops by $1875 for any Tesla delivered following June 30. Order online at https://t.co/46TXqRrsdr.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2019

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