Elon Musk wants to put a Tesla in every home in the United States and the rest of the world. But first, he wants to start with his own home, which is why he has launched the cheapest Tesla model in its history first in his country. We’re talking about the Model Y.
The new rear-wheel-drive Model Y appeared on Tesla’s website overnight, replacing the all-wheel-drive version that ceased production in September.
It has a range of 420 km, a top speed of 217 km/h, and accelerates from 0 to 160 km/h in 6.6 seconds. Without a doubt, we are talking about an electric car with impressive figures that fits into the 2023 market as a mid-range/premium option.
An electric premium car for less than $45,000
The starting price of the all-wheel-drive Model Y is $43,990, which is $3,750 less than the all-wheel-drive variant that recently disappeared.
And well, we’ve said that the car is only available in the United States, but the truth is that the new Model Y is also available for purchase in Mexico and Canada, two countries that are more of an addition than standalone markets.
Unfortunately, this is not the slightly updated Model Y that appeared yesterday in China. That version has new black wheels and an LED strip inside, while the new rear-wheel-drive Model Y that went on sale in the US doesn’t have noticeable changes compared to previous versions.
However, there could be a significant change in the interior (in addition to having one less motor than the AWD variant). The new Model Y could use Tesla’s new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.
These batteries have lower energy density than the standard nickel, manganese, and cobalt (NMC) batteries, but they have the advantage of being more durable. In practice, this would mean that owners wouldn’t have to worry about charging their car to 100%; LFP batteries don’t mind and won’t degrade because of it.