Tesla decides to keep more stores open and raise prices instead

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Another 20 percent of store locations are under review and have won a reprieve for "the next few months". "These are stores that we would have closed anyway, even if in-store sales made up our entire sales model".

The blog also details the logic on Tesla's decision re store closures. Of course, anyone ordering a Tesla to their home sight unseen will be able to return the vehicle after 1,000 miles or seven days (whichever is first) thanks to the company's new return policy announced last month.

Tesla has backed off a plan to close all its USA stores and said it will instead raise prices of its higher-end vehicles by about 3 percent on average.

Tesla said the worldwide price hikes will apply to the more expensive variants of Model 3, Model S and Model X. The $35,000 Model 3 will still be available, but prices on every other vehicle are going to rise.

Tesla is "clearly in need of a stronger middle management layer", Ellinghorst said. They will keep a limited number of cars so that customers can drive away with a new vehicle immediately.

"How else can you view it except to see it as a remarkable example of lack of foresight or planning?".

After Musk infamously (and falsely) tweeted that he had the necessary funding to take Tesla private in August a year ago, the executive reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company earlier announced a switch to online-only sales in hopes of cutting costs while boosting demand and the firm's stock price as it had a billion-dollar debt payment to make.

As part of that settlement, Musk stepped down as the company's chairman and he and Tesla agreed to pay $20m each in fines.

There are nine Tesla stores in Canada: three in Vancouver, four in Toronto, one in Calgary and another in Montreal.

In a turnabout from the decision that caught staff and investors off guard, the company has since chose to keep "significantly" more stores open, it said on its blog.

A Tesla spokesman declined comment Monday beyond the company's statement.

Tesla founder Elon Musk accused the Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday of overreach and violating his First Amendment rights in the agency's attempt to hold him in contempt for a previous settlement agreement.

DON'T MISS: Tesla Model 3 Standard Range arrives soon at $35,000 and 220 miles. The company hasn't yet clarified why it partly reversed its initial decision, but Engadget has reached out for more information.

In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago.