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Tesla To Retire Lowest-Range Versions of its Model S, X Vehicles

The price for a new Model S will start at $94,000 and the starting price for a Model X will be $97,000 from next week, according to Musk's tweet-announcement

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Tesla to lay-off 7% full-time staff amid China dreams. Pixabay

Tesla will stop selling the lowest-range versions of its Model S sedans and Model X SUVs from Monday, the electric car maker’s CEO Elon Musk said. “Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S & X,” Musk revealed in a tweet on Wednesday, while asking people interested in buying those vehicles to place their orders latest by Sunday.

Higher-end versions of the S and X, equipped with a 100 kWh battery, will still be made and sold by Tesla, but at a higher price, CNBC reported, adding that Tesla did not respond to inquires as to why the S and X offerings were pared back.

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Musk lays foundation of first Tesla plant in China. (VOA)

The price for a new Model S will start at $94,000 and the starting price for a Model X will be $97,000 from next week, according to Musk’s tweet-announcement. The Model S and X are Tesla’s second and third major lines of electric vehicles, and are higher-priced lines compared to its newest Model 3, the report said. Tesla is taking steps to start Model 3 production in China.

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Earlier this week, Musk laid the foundation of a Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai — the first-ever outside the US — that is expected to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year and double the production capacity of Tesla. “Aiming to finish initial construction this summer, start Model 3 production end of year & reach high volume production next year,” Musk had tweeted, adding that “Shanghai Giga production of Model 3/Y will serve greater China region”. (IANS)

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Would Elon Musk Be Able to Drive Tesla Cars in India?

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company's electric car plant

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again vouched to make India his next big market but the question lingers: Will the electric car ever run on desi roads?

Breaking his silence over India after 10 months, Musk tweeted late Friday that he would love to be in India in 2019 or next year.

“Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next! India,” Musk tweeted to a user.

His tweet came after Musk earlier blamed the Indian government’s restrictive policies for giving up on his India dreams.

Musk also blamed the FDI norms for the delay in the electric car maker’s entry into the Indian market.

Earlier this year, Tesla’s Indian-origin Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, thus bringing Musk’s India dream to a halt again.

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Jeff Solie plugs in his electric car Tesla sedan at his home, in New Berlin, Wis., July 13, 2017. Electric cars are seeing growing support around the world. But there’s a problem: There aren’t enough places to plug those cars in. VOA

Musk wanted to drive Tesla in India in 2017 and Ahuja, who worked out of Tesla’s San Carlos headquarters, quit the company in 2015 only to rejoin in 2017.

In May last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would still love to roll out Tesla electric cars in India but the tough government regulations have forced him to apply the brakes on his plans.

“Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately,” Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user who wrote “No Tesla in India” on his Twitter handle.

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“Deepak Ahuja, our CFO, is from India.Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should,” added Musk, also the SpaceX founder.

Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000.

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company’s electric car plant. (IANS)