Tesla has quietly introduced a new entry-level version of its Model Y that Elon Musk said last summer it wouldn’t build.
The rear-wheel-drive Model Y Standard Range is priced at $ 41,990, che è $ 8,000 less than the all-wheel-drive Long Range version of the compact crossover.
The Standard Range is capable of driving 244 miglia tra una carica e l'altra, while the Long Range can go 326 miglia.
The new model was part of the initial Model Y plan, but last July Musk told a Twitter follower that Tesla wouldn’t make it because its “range would be unacceptably low (<250 mile EPA).”
Anziché, he said there would be a rear-wheel-drive Long Range version, but such a vehicle has not yet gone on sale.
Battery packs are among the most expensive components of an electric car and, even though Tesla is capable of building them at a lower cost than most automakers, the roughly 25-kilowatt-hour difference between a Standard Range and Long Range pack represents several thousand dollars.
The new Model Y’s availability comes as the similarly sized two-wheel-drive Ford Mustang Mach-E e Volkswagen ID.4 enter the market with 230 miles and 250 miglia di raggio, rispettivamente, al prezzo di $ 35,395 e $ 32,495 after subtracting the $ 7,500 federal tax credit they both qualify for, which is not available for the Model Y.