Tesla Model Y Standard Range Disappears From Site, Still Available to Purchase
【Summary】The Tesla Model Y Standard Range’s disappearance closely resembles what the electric automaker did with the “$35,000 Model 3,” which means a lot of consumers may not know that the vehicle is available for purchase.
The strange saga with the Tesla Model Y Standard Range continues. Originally, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that the vehicle wouldn't make it to production, but the electric vehicle appeared out of thin air at the beginning of 2021. The Standard Range Model became the most affordable Model Y EV on sale, carrying a price tag of $43,190 (with destination) and a range of 244 miles. Roughly a month after the vehicle's introduction, Tesla dropped the electric crossover's price tag by $2,000, bringing its price down to $41,190. Now, if you go to Tesla's website to configure your affordable Model Y Standard Range, you won't find it on the site.
Model Y Standard Range Disappears
It's a truly peculiar turn of events. The decision to drop the trim from the website leads us to believe that Tesla will no longer sell the vehicle to consumers. That's what Tesla has done before, so there's no reason to believe otherwise. Since Tesla doesn't have a traditional public relations department, there's no way to reach out to the automaker for answers. The electric company didn't make any statements online about the decision to drop the vehicle.
The decision to drop the Standard Range trim leaves the Model Y Long Range and the Performance. The Long Range trim is priced at $50,190, while the Performance carries a starting price of $62,190. With the Standard Range trim getting the axe, consumers are looking at spending an additional $9,000 to get into a Model Y. That's a massive increase for being a few days late to the party.
In another bizarre twist of turns, Musk took to Twitter to explain the Model Y Standard Range trim's disappearance from the site. According to Musk, consumers can still purchase the Standard Range trim, it just won't be marketed on the site. "It is still available off menu, but I don't think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets the Tesla standard of excellence," said Musk in a Tweet.
It is still available off menu, but I don't think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets the Tesla standard of excellence— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2021
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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