On the weekend, Tesla removed the Model Y Standard Range configuration from its website, and now we know why.
The rear-wheel drive Standard Range was the cheapest entry into the Model Y compact SUV and many were upset over the change, as that meant paying more for all-wheel drive models. It was an odd move as just days earlier, Tesla lowered the entry Model Y price to $39,990 USD, down $2,000 USD.
Now on Monday, CEO Elon Musk has clarified why the entry Model Y was axed. He also stated it’s still possible to purchase the entry model, but it’s not available online.
“It is still available off menu, but I don’t think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets the Tesla standard of excellence,” said Musk this afternoon.
It is still available off menu, but I don’t think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets the Tesla standard of excellence
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2021
So if you really want to order an entry Model Y, your best bet is to visit a Tesla showroom or make a call. It’s unclear how much longer Tesla will offer the Standard Range Model Y, but it doesn’t appear it will last for long.
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