BEIJING, May 28 (UPI) — Tesla has cut the price of electric cars sold in North America by 6 percent, according tomedia reports. Demand for cars in North America has fallen during weeks of outbreak blockades, but the blockade has begun to ease. Tesla also said its Supercharger fast-charging service will no longer be free for new customers of model S sedans and Model X SUVs.
U.S. auto retail sales halved in April from a year earlier, according to J.D. Power, an auto-appraisal agency. However, the agency said car sales were likely to improve in May, taking into account the pent-up demand for car purchases and incentives from carmakers.
Automakers, including GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, are offering a 0% financing rate and deferred payment options for car purchases.
Earlier this month, U.S. factories began to restart, and suppliers are gearing up to support the auto industry, which employs nearly a million people.
Tesla’s fremont plant in Fremont, California, was forced to shut down briefly because of a home-based shelter, but production resumed after a dispute with local authorities over safety measures was resolved.
On Wednesday, Tesla’s website showed that the Model S sedan’s starting price had dropped from $79,990 to $74,990, while the model Model Model Suv’s current price had dropped from $84,990 to $79,990, while the lowest-selling Model Model 3 had dropped $2,000 to $37,990.
Tesla said it would also cut prices on model X and Model S models in China by about 4 percent after cutting prices in the U.S.
Tesla Motors Said said it had cut the price of imported Model S and Model X electric cars, but that the price of the Model 3 sedan made at its Shanghai plant would remain unchanged.