UPDATE (02/23/2021) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk has just posted this on Twitter: "It is still available off menu, but I don’t think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets the Tesla standard of excellence." Below is the original story.
Remember the new Model Y Standard Range that Tesla added to its lineup at the beginning of the year? The same one that Elon Musk long refused to offer because it failed to deliver at least 400 kilometres of range?
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Well, just six weeks later, that vehicle is nowhere to be found on Tesla’s online configurator—both in Canada and the U.S.
We’re talking about a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Model Y with 393 kilometres of range and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5.6 seconds. It came with a base MSRP of $54,900 plus freight and delivery charges of $1,280, making it eligible to EV incentives in Quebec (up to $8,000) and British Columbia (up to $3,000), but not the $5,000 rebate from the federal government.
So Tesla is doing it again, not wasting any time to make changes to its vehicles, their availability or their pricing structure. It’s got to be frustrating for people who planned to order a copy of the much more affordable variant of the compact electric crossover.
No official reason has been given by Tesla. Also, we don’t know if sales are just temporarily suspended to allow the company to deal with an order backlog or production issues, or if the Standard Range option has been permanently eliminated.
Still interested in a Tesla Model Y? The Long Range (525 km) and Performance (488 km) variants remain with MSRPs starting at $68,600 and $82,600, respectively.