Tesla sales go online-only amid huge test drive change

Tesla is taking all of its car sales online, with the automaker claiming that you’ll be able to buy a new Model 3, Model S, or Model X from your phone in about a minute. The news comes alongside the arrival of the Model 3 Standard and the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which finally satisfy Elon Musk’s promise of a $35,000 car.

That $35,000 Model 3 was only achievable now, Tesla says, because of this change in sales strategy. By shifting all purchasing online, the automaker insists – along with other “ongoing cost efficiencies” – it expects to be able to lower all of its vehicle prices by around 6-percent on average.

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