If you have been waiting to own a Tesla car, the good news now is that you can now order a more affordable Model Y or one that sits seven instead of five from the company’s official website.
According to Electrek, Tesla’s original lineup when it announced the vehicle in 2019 included a standard range rear-wheel-drive version, but Tesla boss Elon Musk wrote on Twitter a year later that plans to make one was canceled because its “range would be unacceptably low.” But now it appears the company went back to its initial plan, lowering the Model Y’s starting price considerably.
If you visit Tesla’s official website, you’ll now be able to buy a standard range rear-wheel-drive Model Y for a minimum price of $42,000 or $40,500 if you’re in California before potential savings and incentives.
The only options in the past were the long-range dual-motor all-wheel drive and the performance versions, and their prices start at $49,990. While the standard rear-wheel drive’s range is much shorter at 244 miles, of course, but that’s still longer than Tesla’s 230-mile projected range.
Tesla expects deliveries for the vehicle to begin within two to five weeks, so long as it’s available in your region. It’s already out in the US, Canada, and Mexico, but it’s still not available for purchase in Asia and most of Tesla’s European markets.
Tesla has also started taking orders for seven-seater Model Ys. You’ll have to pay $3,000 on top of the base price for the interior upgrade, which will give you third-row seating for two with USB-C charging and a sliding second-row with adjustable backs.
The finished upgrade will also give you the ability to fold the second and third rows for cargo storage and an electronic fold-flat release.