When the all-new Tesla Model Y compact electric crossover was unveiled last year, the automaker announced that sales would start with the Long Range (509 km) and Performance (468 km) models, followed by the entry-level Standard Range (370 km) variant offered at a lower price.
Sunday night, however, Elon Musk tweeted that this Model Y is no longer part of the plan.
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Why? Because the fact that it can’t deliver at least 400 kilometres of range is now unacceptable for the Tesla CEO.
No, as range would be unacceptably low (< 250 mile EPA)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2020
For those who would like to pay less, there is still some good news: the Model Y Long Range currently retails for $69,990 on Tesla Canada’s online configurator, a drop of $6,000 from the initial price.
It’s still too expensive to qualify for the federal government’s EV rebate of $5,000, mind you. As for the Model Y Performance, you can order one for $83,990.
Musk also talked about adding a RWD-only, single-motor Long Range variant in select markets, but we seriously doubt that Canada will be among them.
Do you think Tesla is making a mistake? Would you be interested in a Model Y with 370 km of range?