The Tesla Standard Range Model Y has been on a price and availability roller coaster over the past week. First, the automaker dropped the price of the 244-mile Standard Range Model Y by $2000, to $41,190. Then, just days later, the vehicle completely disappeared from the online configurator. The remaining two versions of the Model Y are the Long Range (with 326 miles of range) at $50,190 and the Performance (with 303 miles) at $62,190. Tesla did not explain where the Standard Range car had gone on its website, but today CEO Elon Musk explained the reason for the model’s disappearance via Twitter.
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Responding to a tweet inquiring about the vehicle’s disappearance, the Tesla CEO wrote, “It is still available off menu, but I don’t think the range, in many drive conditions, yet meets the Tesla standard of excellence.” That standard of excellence can be assumed to mean the Model Y’s sub-250-mile range.
This isn’t the first time the Standard Range Model Y has been pulled from the online configurator for that reason. In July 2020, Musk tweeted that the vehicle would not go into production because of its “unacceptably low (