Tesla Reduces Prices Globally, Including In China And Germany

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Tesla slashes prices globally amid a sales slump and rising competition, igniting a fierce price war in the EV market. As Tesla’s market strategies adapt, Elon Musk hints at major workforce cuts in response to shifting demand and delivery declines.

Tesla Inc. has implemented price reductions across several of its key markets, including China and Germany, following similar cuts in the United States. These reductions come as the company faces a decline in sales and an escalating competitive landscape in the electric vehicle (EV) sector, particularly with Chinese EV manufacturers. Tesla’s CEO, billionaire Elon Musk, recently announced that the company’s global vehicle deliveries decreased this quarter for the first time in almost four years, signalling a potential shift in market dynamics. Musk stated on X that Tesla’s pricing strategy must remain flexible to align production with fluctuating demand.

As part of its strategy to maintain market leadership, Tesla initiated what has become a fierce price war in the EV sector over a year ago, opting to lower prices aggressively at the cost of profit margins. Notably, Tesla reduced the starting price of the updated Model 3 in China by 14,000 yuan ($1,930) to 231,900 yuan ($32,000), as per its official website this past Sunday. Additionally, in Germany, the price for the Model 3 rear-wheel-drive version was decreased to 40,990 euros ($43,670.75) from 42,990 euros.

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Further price reductions were observed in various other markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, according to a Tesla spokesperson. In the United States, the prices for the Model Y, Model X, and Model S vehicles were reduced by $2,000 last Friday. On the following Saturday, Tesla also lowered the price of its Full Self-Driving assistant software to $8,000 from $12,000.

Amidst these strategic price adjustments, Tesla has been slower to update its older models, compounded by high-interest rates dampening consumer spending on expensive items. Meanwhile, competitors in China, which is the largest auto market globally, are introducing more affordable models. Over the same weekend, Musk deferred a planned trip to India where he was expected to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and potentially announce Tesla’s entry into the South Asian market, as reported by Reuters. Instead, Musk cited commitments at Tesla as the reason for the postponement.

Moreover, Musk revealed last Monday that Tesla plans to lay off more than 10% of its global workforce in anticipation of what could be the company’s first annual decline in deliveries. This announcement followed a report by Reuters on April 5 stating that Tesla had abandoned plans to develop a highly anticipated affordable EV model in favour of focusing on robotaxis. Following the report, Musk accused Reuters of dishonesty, though he did not specify any inaccuracies and has remained silent on the issue since, leaving investors seeking more detailed information.

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Aryaman Raghuvanshi
Aryaman Raghuvanshi
Aryaman Raghuvanshi is a Journalist at EFY. His passion is to explore the future of mobility, which gets him to cover latest technologies shaping the future of automobiles and EVs. But, at times he writes on broader technologies too. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aryaman-raghuvanshi-2431b7153

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