Tesla has updated its US website to add a cheaper Model Y RWD with a base price of $43,990. This new model replaces the Model Y AWD, previously the cheapest trim at a base price of $47,740, which was discontinued last month in a surprise move.
The new Model Y RWD is rear-wheel drive rather than all-wheel drive, and it seems to use a cheaper Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LFP) battery. LFP batteries are cheaper and more durable than the more common Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (NMC) cells, but they have lower energy density and therefore less range for a given weight/volume of battery.
The new “standard range” Model Y is listed as having a range of 260 miles, as opposed to the previous AWD “standard range” with a 279 mile range. This is likely due to the switch to LFP batteries.
However, due to LFP’s greater durability, it is recommended that you can charge the battery to 100% every night, as opposed to the recommended 90% daily charge for NMC sells. So the range is sort of a wash except for occasional roadtrip purposes when the NMC car is charged to 100% (though that’s really the only time large range numbers matter in the first place). Or, in cold climates, where LFP tends to do worse than NMC.
Overall, the new Model Y RWD is a more affordable option for consumers who are looking for an electric SUV. It offers a good range for the price, and it is more durable than previous models.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the new Model Y RWD:
- Cheaper price
- More durable battery
- Can be charged to 100% every night
- Lower range than NMC battery
- May not perform as well in cold climates
Overall, the new Model Y RWD is a good value for the price. It is a good option for consumers who are looking for an affordable electric SUV with a good range and a durable battery.
The release of the new Model Y RWD is a significant move for Tesla. It is the company’s first attempt to make a more affordable Model Y, and it comes at a time when demand for electric vehicles is high.
The new Model Y RWD is also a sign that Tesla is becoming more competitive in the electric vehicle market. The company has faced increasing competition from other automakers, such as Ford and Volkswagen, which have released their own electric SUVs.
The new Model Y RWD is likely to be popular with consumers who are looking for an affordable electric SUV with a good range and a durable battery. It is also a good option for consumers who do not need all-wheel drive.
Here are some additional thoughts on the new Model Y RWD:
- The switch to LFP batteries is a welcome change. LFP batteries are more durable and cheaper than NMC batteries, and they do not use cobalt, which is a conflict mineral.
- The reduced range is not a major concern for most consumers. Most people drive less than 260 miles per day, so the new Model Y RWD will have enough range for most people’s needs.
- The new Model Y RWD is a good value for the price. It is one of the most affordable electric SUVs on the market, and it offers a good range and a durable battery.
Overall, the new Model Y RWD is a positive development for Tesla and for consumers. It is a more affordable option for consumers who are looking for an electric SUV with a good range and a durable battery. Continue Reading