The Tesla Model Y will become available in a new cheaper variant soon, suggests a new report from electrek.co. Trial production of this variant was conducted on the GA4 assembly line recently.
The Tesla Model Y was announced in four variants at launch in March 2019: single motor RWD Standard Range, single motor RWD Long Range, Dual Motor AWD Long Range and Dual Motor AWD Performance. Currently, only the Dual Motor configurations are available. The new variant that will become available in the coming months will be single motor RWD Long Range.
The single motor RWD Standard Range variant was expected to be priced at $39,000. However, the entry-level variant was removed from the Tesla website recently and CEO Elon Musk had tweeted earlier this month that it won’t be launched due to its very low range (around 370 km).
No, as range would be unacceptably low (< 250 mile EPA)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2020
Tesla Motors began deliveries of the Model Y in the US in March. The dual motor AWD Long Range and dual motor AWD Performance variants are priced at USD 49,990 (INR 37,49,424.97) and USD 59,990 (INR 44,99,459.96) respectively. These prices don’t include incentives.
The Model Y Standard Range will offer 370 km of driving in a single charge while the Long Range and Performance variants return up to 510 km and 507 km respectively. The Performance variant, as the name suggests, offers better top speed and acceleration when compared to the Long Range version. This variant can achieve a top speed of 233 km/h (217 km/h in the Long Range) and can go from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, while the Long Range takes 4.8 seconds for the same.
Both the Long Range and Performance variants get dual-motor all-wheel-drive layout with two independent motors on both axles and the user can choose to drive on either motor. Just like its elder sibling Model X, Model Y is designed to be the safest SUV in its segment, with a low centre of gravity, ample crumple zones and rigid body shell. Tesla has also equipped Model Y to be compatible with Tesla’s Supercharger network, present in 36 countries with more than 16,000 charging points. Model Y also can be charged with Tesla’s new V3 Superchargers that can charge at rates up to 1,000 miles per hour.
At the end of the last fiscal (April 2019-March 2020), Tesla had rolled out 1 million cars. The milestone unit, produced 12 years after the company’s production began, was a Model Y. With the new ‘gigafactory’ in China, and planned units in Germany and Texas (USA), the successive millions are expected to be registered in much shorter intervals.