You’ll need to prepare your bank accounts if you want to buy a Tesla

Tesla is, without question, one of the most popular automakers today. The California-based electric car company boasts a sexy — no pun intended — lineup of EVs, ranging from the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. It also has several models in the pipeline, including the Cybertruck, Semi, and the new Roadster. Tesla’s appeal as a car brand is palpable in the streets. You see one, and your eyes immediately gravitate towards the vehicle, as if it’s asking why you haven’t bought a Tesla yet. There, though, lies the rub. See Tesla’s are expensive. The entry-level Model 3 starts at $37,990, but that’s without the myriad of options, accessories, and add-ons that you’re going to be compelled to buy to make the ownership experience worth it. Ultimately, you’re going to have to spend at least $50,000 to get a loaded Tesla Model 3, and that price hits six figures when you opt for the Model S and Model X. So, how much does a Tesla cost when you factor in all the options that are available to a specific model? We took a look at each model that’s out on the market and those that have yet to arrive to give you a clearer picture of how you have to spend.

Tesla Model S

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The Tesla Model S is available in two versions: Long Range Plus and Performance. As their names suggest, rather obviously, both versions bring something specific to the table. The Model S Long Range Plus touts an EPA range of 402 miles — one of the best figures in the market — while the Model S Performance is equipped with an electric powertrain that produces a total output of 794 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque to go with a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just 2.3 seconds.

Of the two, the Model S Long Range Plus is the cheaper version, with pricing starting at $74,990. The Model S price on the Performance version, on the other hand, starts at $94,990.

Mind you; these prices don’t come with an array of accessories, options, and add-ons that Tesla is known for.

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Elon Musk and Tesla are clever. They provide what you need in base-spec versions, but if you want to get the options you want, you’ll have to pay extra for them. Take something as basic as color options. Both versions of the Model S come in one color: Pearl White. If you want a different color, you’ll have to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500. If you’ve seen a red Tesla Model S around, you might be surprised that the owner of that model paid $2,500 for that Red Multi-Coat exterior paint. Both versions also come with 19-inch Tempest wheels as standard. Opt for the bigger 21-inch Sonic Carbon Twin Turbine wheels, and you’ll pay another $4,500 for that set. Interior options come aplenty, too, adding $1,500 to your bill if you opt for the black and white or cream option. Tesla’s Autopilot system comes standard, but for another $8,000, you get the entire software setup, including full self-driving capability (when available), self-parking, and summon, among other high-tech programs.

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Availing these options will quickly add to the total amount you have to pay for the Model S.

A fully-loaded Model S Long Range Plus, for example, costs $91,490 while a spec'd out Model S Performance will cost you $111,490.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model S

Tesla Model 3

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It took a while for Tesla to roll out a vehicle that most of the car-buying population could afford, but the arrival of the Model 3 couldn’t have come at a better time for Tesla. Not only is the Model 3 the most affordable Tesla, but it’s also the most successful one, at least as far as sales volume is concerned. Tesla’s entry-level electric car was the top-selling EV in the U.S. market, outselling all other EVs combined. In total, three versions of the Model 3 are available: the Standard Range Plus, Long Range (Dual Motor), and Performance.

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The Tesla Model 3 price on Standard Range Plus starts at $37,990, but like the Model S — and all other Teslas in the market — you get what amounts to a basic model if you buy the Model 3 without any add-ons.

Color options other than the standard Pearl White finish will cost as much $2,000. The 18-inch aero wheels are standard on the Standard Range Plus and Long Range trim while the 19-inch sport wheels are standard on the Performance trim. You can score the latter set on the two lower-specs, but that’s another $1,500 that Tesla will add to your bill. You’ll also need to add another $1,000 if you want to upgrade the interior of your Model 3 beyond the standard black interior. Autopilot also comes with the basic purchase of a Model 3, but, again, it’s $8,000 if you want to throw in the technology’s "Full Self-Driving Capability" feature.

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Load up on all of Tesla’s options, and the price of your Model 3 jumps with it.

A fully loaded Model 3 Standard Range Plus costs $50,490 while a Long Range (Dual Motor) trim goes from $46,990 in standard form to $59,490 with all the options included. The range-topping Model 3 Performance starts at $54,990 and goes all the way up to $65,990 in the tricked out version.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model X

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The all-electric SUV sits at the top of Tesla’s model price list. The Tesla Model X price starts at $79,990 for the Long Range Plus version and $99,990 for the ultra-quick Performance-spec model. That’s just the start of your payment, though, especially if you want to go all-out on the laundry list of options that Tesla has to offer for the Model X. Start with the exterior color options that’ll add as much as $2,500 to your bill if you get the Red Multi-Coat finish. Tesla also has three wheel options for the SUV. You can keep the standard 20-inch silver wheels, or you can upgrade to a set of 20-inch Two-Tone Slipstream wheels or a set of 22-inch Onyx Black wheels. The latter two choices cost $2,000 and $5,500, respectively. Step inside the Model X, and you’ll be greeted by a standard black interior with five-passenger seating. You can, however, upgrade the interior with a black and white or cream option for $1,500. If you’re looking for more passenger space, you can avail the seven-passenger version of the Model X for another $3,500 to the cost while the six-seat configuration with a pair of second-row captain’s chairs adds another $6,500 to your total bill.

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Autopilot comes standard on all versions of the Model X, as it does on all models of Tesla. Access to the good stuff, though, comes at an extra $8,000. While there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with buying a Model X and leaving all these options on the table, it’s hard to imagine having the same experience of driving a Tesla without all these options. The $8,000 "Full Self-Driving Capability" is a must-have option because it unlocks a lot of the Model X’s untapped potential.

In any event, a fully loaded Model X costs $103,990, while the price of an optioned-out Model X Performance goes up to $123,990.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model X

Tesla Model Y

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At some point in the future, the Tesla Model Y could become Tesla’s best-selling model. That comes with the territory of being a crossover/SUV, and an all-electric one at that. Even with a starting price of $49,990 for the Long Range (Dual Motor) version, the Model Y’s appeal as a crossover gives it a leg up over the entry-level Model 3.

The Model Y price for the Performance version is at $59,990, and with all of Tesla's available options in tow, pricing of the Performance-spec version could reach $71,990 with pricing for a fully loaded Model Y Long Range (Dual Motor) reaching $63,990.

Speaking of those options, the Model Y is subject to the same add-ons as all Tesla models. That includes optional paint colors that add anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 to your total cost. A set of 19-inch Gemini wheels come standard on the Long Range (Dual Motor) spec, but you can level up to a set of 20-inch Induction wheels for an extra charge of $2,000. On the other hand, there are no wheel options for the Model Y Performance. The good news is that a set of 21-inch Uberturbine wheels come standard, and they look beautiful. Interior upgrades are also available for both versions of the Model 3. An all-black interior comes standard, but the option for a black and white with faux leather can be checked and added, provided you’re willing to spend an extra $1,000 for it. Likewise, Autopilot is standard on both versions of the Model Y, but the "Full Self-Driving Capability" option is another $8,000.

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Options are part of the game with any Tesla purchase. You can skip through all of it and be happy with a standard-spec unit — be it any of the four models — but it’s hard to imagine you enjoying the overall experience of owning a Tesla without these options in place. That’s a decision you’ll have to make considering that the price difference between base prices and fully loaded prices is significant across the board.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model Y

Tesla New Roadster

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Most people have probably forgotten, but Tesla’s first production model wasn’t the Model S; it was the Tesla Roadster. The irony behind the name notwithstanding — the Roadster is a coupe — the "new" Tesla Roadster is being prepared to fill the role of Tesla’s flagship unit. The all-electric four-seater sports car isn’t scheduled to arrive until 2021, but Tesla hasn’t been shy about making claims about the sports car.

Among other claims, Tesla says that the new Roadster will be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in an absurd 1.9 seconds. If that claim ends up being true, it will become the fastest-accelerating production car in history

. How’s that for a bold promise? Then again, this is Tesla we’re talking about. There’s no such thing as a bold promise in the mind of Elon Musk.

In any event, pricing for the new Roadster justifies its status as Tesla’s halo model. The Tesla Roadster price is expected to start at $200,000. The first 1,000 units to be produced will carry the "Founder’s Series" nomenclature with possible exclusive touches included that’ll justify the $250,000 price tag attached to them.

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Tesla hasn’t announced options for the new Roadster, but in keeping with its playbook, expect the new Roadster to come with as many options — if not more — as the ones that are available for all four Tesla models that are in the market today.

Read our full review on the Tesla New Roadster

Tesla Cybertruck

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Tesla’s ability to draw controversy is peerless in the auto industry, and no more was that evident than when the automaker introduced the Cybertruck. From the polarizing — that’s putting it lightly — wedge-shaped stainless steel bodywork to the claimed impenetrable exoskeleton and bulletproof glass, the Cybertruck is unlike any truck we’ve ever seen. Of course, Tesla didn’t unveil the Cybertruck for kicks and giggles; this model is headed to production, possibly as early as the latter part of 2021.

Specific details about the production-spec Cybertruck haven't been announced, but we do know that pricing of the model starts at just $39,990 for the Single Motor RWD-spec. The Tesla truck price for two other versions of the Semi — Dual Motor AWD and Tri-Motor AWD — will also be available at $49,990 and $69,990, respectively.
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Options will be on the table, too, though the specifics have yet to be announced. We do know that all versions of the Cybertruck will come with Autopilot as a standard feature. Expect the same "Full Self-Driving Capability" package to also make its way to the Cybertruck at an extra charge of $7,000 to $8,000. Exterior and interior options will also be available, as will different sets of wheels.

All in all, Tesla says that a fully loaded Cybertruck Single Motor RWD will cost $46,990 while the Dual Motor AWD version will sell for $56,990. The top-of-the-line Tri-Motor AWD model will also receive a significant bump in prices to the tune of $78,990 by way of all these options.
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Read our full review on the Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Semi

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The Tesla Semi technically doesn’t count as a consumer vehicle, but we’ll throw it anyway in the event that one of you is planning to start a truck service business. The Semi, for reasons that are clear, is one of the most expensive models that Tesla is offering. The base price for the entry-level Semi with the 300-mile all-electric range sits at $150,000, while higher-spec versions like the Semi with a 500-mile range and the limited-run, early-production Semi Founder’s Series will reportedly cost anywhere from $180,000 to $200,000.

Tesla hasn’t said anything about options that will be available for the Semi, but don’t be surprised if the automaker offers a few add-ons, particularly of the aesthetic variety. For now, Tesla’s been coy about providing more info about the Semi. It has been reported, though, that production is expected to begin sometime in the latter stages of 2020.

Read our full review on the Tesla Semi

What is Tesla Stock Price?

Tesla’s current stock price as of September 11, 2020, is $371.34. The stock’s 52-week high was $2,318.49 while its 52-week low was $43.67.

What is the price of a Tesla?

The price of a Tesla depends on the model. The cheapest is the Model 3, which starts at $37,990, while the most expensive model is the Model X SUV, which starts at $79,990. The new Tesla Roadster will assume the title of most expensive Tesla when it arrives in 2021. The all-electric performance car is expected to carry a starting price of $200,000.

What is the price of a Tesla Model S?

The Tesla Model S starts at $74,990 for the Long Range Plus version. The Tesl Model S Performance, on the other hand, comes with a starting price of $94,990. A fully loaded Model S Long Range Plus will set you back $91,490 while a fully loaded Model S Performance costs $111,490.

How much is a Tesla?

The Tesla price range 2020 starts at $37,990 for a Model 3 Standard Range Plus to $123,990 for a fully loaded Model X Performance.

How long does it take to charge a Tesla?

Depending on the model of Tesla and the type of charging you are using, charing a Tesla can be as fast as six hours and as long as 12 hours. If you want to charge your Tesla quickly, it’s best to do so when the battery’s charge is anywhere from 20 to 80 percent.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge a Tesla?

Cost varies depending on the region of the country, local electricity rates, and the size of the battery that’s being charged. That said, the average supercharger cost is $0.25 per KW. In the case of the Model 3, a full charge from 0 to 100 percent will cost around $22, while a half charge would cost around $11.

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