Tesla has begun trial production of the Model Y long-range rear-wheel-drive version in preparation for the upcoming model,media media Electrek reported. When Tesla launched the Model Y in March 2019, the company listed four different versions of the electric SUV: the standard life-on version, the long-range version, the dual-motor full-drive (with long-range battery) and the performance version (also with the long-range battery).
Earlier this month, however, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would cancel the standard version of the Model Y and instead add only a rear-wheel-drive-long version to its product line.
Musk said a new version of the electric SUV will be available in the coming months.
Now, Electrek has learned from people familiar with the matter that Tesla has begun trialproduction of a model Y-long rear-drive.
Production trials are one of the final steps to bring a new model to market.
Tesla launched the upgrade by piloting several Model Y long-range rear-launch edor versions on its GA4 assembly line and then temporarily shutting them down.
Currently, the automaker has not opened an order for a new version of the car.
Tesla has yet to announce a price for the model, but Musk hinted at a new version for $45,000 when it first released it. Earlier this week, Electrek reported that Tesla had unexpectedly priced the Model Y long-range rear-drive at $48,000 on its loan calculator. However, the carmaker deleted the story after the information was reported.
To be fair, Tesla’s Model Y long-range rear-drive is not much different from the Model Y long-range dual-motor all-wheel-drive version. The former is basically just removing the front motor, which Tesla has already done in model 3. In any case, it still needs to be tested and tested to ensure it meets the standards and is approved by the EPA.