By Shane McGlaun

Less Expensive Rear-Wheel Drive Tesla Model Y Standard Range EV Debuts

Tesla has rolled out a new entry-level version of its Model Y electric crossover. The new model is a standard range rear-wheel-drive vehicle with an EPA estimated driving range of 244 miles per charge. The new model is $8,000 less expensive than the longer-range all-wheel-drive version, with an MSRP starting at $41,990.

The caveat is Tesla vehicles don’t qualify for the full $7500 federal EV tax credit. While the starting price makes the new standard range version a little over $2,000 cheaper than the entry-level Mach-E, the Ford does qualify for the full federal tax credit.

Along with the new entry-level model, Tesla also announced a new option to allow Model Y EVs to carry more passengers. For an additional $3,000, the Model Y can now be optioned with three rows of seating to haul up to seven people. Reports indicate those backseats are very small, but they would be perfect for families with lots of children. The only Model Y that can’t be optioned with a third row is the Performance model.

[via Motor Trend]

Source:: 95 Octane