Tesla has begun taking orders for a cheap standard range version of the Model Y in an apparent reversal by CEO Elon Musk, who seemed to be planning a vehicle release earlier this year.
Electrack first reported that Tesla had updated its website to include it in the Model Y standard category, which will start at $ 41,990. It is about $ 9,000 cheaper than the longer version that is currently sold by Tesla. The Model Y standard range is a rear-wheel drive while the longer-range and even more expensive performance variant comes in all-wheel drive.
The cheaper price comes with a lower estimated EPA range of 244 miles compared to 326 miles in the long-range version.
Tesla About two years ago it was said that it planned to start production of the standard range version of the Model Y in spring 2021. But in July Musk tweeted that the variant was removed from the website because the lower range would be “unacceptably low (<250) mi EPA).
Tesla is now offering a 7-seat option for the Model Y, according to an update on its website.