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1/ In Germany🇩🇪, and Germany only, you can only buy a single Model 3 version: the Model 3 2020. There are no SR+, LR and Perf versions.

Oh, wait, there are. These are all options to the base Model 3 2020. Sounds sus? It's Occam's #Tesla, bro.

2/ It's because the net price of the base model (w/o options) shall be below €40k to be eligible for the €6k subsidy, which is to be increased to €9k soon. €3k is to be covered by the OEM, another €3k (soon to be €6k, retroactively!) is covered by the state.
3/ That means that with this "Model 3 2020" in Germany, all Model 3's are eligible for the subsidy of €3k.
4/ Of course, in reality there is no "Model 3 2020". It's the same old SR+, LR and Perf, as everywhere.

(SR+ is €40k-€3k subsidy + 19% VAT)
5/ So how do you buy a Perf then? You don't buy a Perf. You buy a "Model 3 2020" with a "Performance option" and a "Performance package".
6/ Well, we know that Tesla disrupts the car industry. They are outsmarting the BAFA (German environmental agency), no?

Well, if they let this go on then yes. But judge it yourself. Are the SR+, the LR and Perf the same cars?
7/ Hell no. These are obviously different cars, as indicated on the homepage, all other countries, as they've been in Germany before this new subsidy scheme, and, most importantly: they are legally different cars.

They have different type approval (homologation) variant codes.
8/ These different variants should have different import invoices too, and can't be bundled into the same SKU legally.
9/ The whole game is for €1k, as the subsidy is €5k for cars between €40k and €60k.

At least it was. Because (likely from July), the incentive will be increased by a further €3k to €6k (plus the same €3k from the OEM) at no extra cost to the OEM.
10/ That way, the difference will become material.

Judge it for yourself if this is legal and ethical? Will customers face the same issues as they have with the Model S subsidy fraud in Germany, where they had to pay back the subsidy later?
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