Tesla defies convention and pays for it as shares slide

March 1, 2019 by Tom Krisher
In this July 6, 2018, file photo, prospective customers confer with sales associates as a Model 3 sits on display in a Tesla showroom in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. Tesla is suffering one of its worst sell-offs of the year after announcing it would begin closing all of its stores in favor of selling its electric cars exclusively online. The goal is to allow Tesla to lower the price of its Model 3, the vehicle that CEO Elon Musk envisions as the company's first mass-market vehicle. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Tesla is suffering one of its worst sell-offs of the year after announcing it would begin closing all of its stores in favor of selling its electric cars exclusively online.

The goal is to allow Tesla to lower the price of its Model 3, the that CEO Elon Musk envisions as the company's first mass-market vehicle.

The last time the Tesla shares were hit this hard was on Jan. 18, also following actions by Musk intended to lower the price of the Model 3. On that day, Musk said 7 percent of Tesla's workforce would be let go.

The base price for the Model 3, Tesla's cheapest car, is now $35,000. Musk believes the mid-$30,000 range is the .

Tesla Inc. tumbled 8 percent Friday.

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