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Tesla is asking customers to pay extra for the larger wheels on the Long Range Model 3

18-inch pneumatic wheels as standard are back on the list for the Tesla Long Range Model 3. But that also means that the 19-inch sport wheels, which were standard, can be purchased for an additional $2,200.

The standard price for the Long Range variant is still $76,200, but changing the wheel size has caused some readers to ask The Drivento if the electric vehicle maker is using “deflation deflation” tactics — the manufacturer saves costs by reducing product size or specifications.

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This isn’t the first time Tesla has made changes to add-ons in an effort to save costs. Recently, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla will not supply the standard mobile phone charging cable – known as the UMC (Universal Mobile Phone Connector) – as standard with its line of electric vehicles.

“Usage stats were pretty low, so it seemed wasted,” Musk said on Twitter regarding the decision.

The announcement caused an uproar, causing the electric vehicle manufacturer to lower the cost of purchasing UMC in the United States.

Readers tell us that Australian Tesla employees have since said the exclusion won’t affect Australia, where fast-charging infrastructure has much lower penetration and the cable is priced at $860 (Tesla has no official media relations department and The Driven’s inquiries have not been answered.)

Another example reported in February saw Tesla drop a redundant steering wheel controller for vehicles without the full autonomous driving add-on.

The standard 18-inch wheel for the Long Range has been in the US for some time now, with the 19-inch option costing an extra $1,500.

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Source: Tesla

While the change means that, in fact, new Tesla customers are paying an additional $2,200 to buy the same 19-inch wheels that became standard a week ago, those looking for a long-range Tesla will likely be pleased with the return of 18-inch rims, which will return Better energy efficiency than larger rims.

Tesla’s Australia website doesn’t reflect the increased range possible with 18-inch rims, but on its US website there is a reported difference of 24 miles (38.6 km) – that’s 358 miles (576 km) compared to 334 miles (537 km). For vehicles with smaller wheel size.

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range is currently listed on the EV maker’s Australian website with 18-inch wheels, white paint and a black interior as standard.

The declared driving range in Australia is 602 km (WLTP) – about 537 km in real driving conditions – with a top speed of 233 km/h and an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.


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