This week brought a new Tesla mystery, after the automaker quietly from its public configurator. The move came after the model was officially available for order via the website for less than two months, and got a last week. Needless to say, we joined prospective Tesla buyers in wondering what the hell happened.
CEO Elon Musk himself provided an explanation Monday evening after a Twitter user asked the Tesla boss what’s going on. In Musk’s words, “it’s still available off menu.” If that approach sounds familiar, it’s because Tesla used it with the infamous “$35,000 Model 3.” After some hoopla and fanfare welcoming the affordable EV’s arrival, the electric sedan and became available for order by phone or in person. Effectively, Tesla didn’t want to sell the particular version of the Model 3. Today, it’s .
Adding more context, Musk said in the same tweet, “I don’t think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets Tesla’s standard of excellence.” This seems to play back into Musk’s thinking last year when he announced we. Yet, this past January, the vehicle made a with a 244-mile estimated range. Musk in 2020 said the Model Y Standard Range would likely sport an “unacceptably low” 250-mile range, so he was on the money with that estimate. It sounds like Musk and friends had a change of heart. Or, it’s another one of Tesla’s epically creative no-money-spent marketing stunts.
If you’re hoping for a reprieve in the form of a cheaper Model Y Long Range RWD, Musk shot that idea down in a followup tweet saying there’s “too much product complexity” in Tesla’s lineup as it stands. So, if you want a cheap Model Y, pick up the phone or head to a Tesla retail store. You won’t see the company making any effort to sell the $39,990 electric SUV outright.
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