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A Cheaper, Rear-Wheel-Drive Tesla Model Y May Be on the Way

Efficiency ratings posted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website suggest a new, rear-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model Y could be on the way.

The EPA’s site lists three 2022 versions of the Model Y SUV, two of which are essentially carryovers from 2021:

  • An all-wheel-drive Long Range rated at 122 MPGe and a 330-mile electric range estimate
  • An all-wheel-drive Performance rated at 111 MPGe and a 303-mile electric range estimate

And then there’s the rear-wheel-drive model, which has a 129 MPGe rating and a 244-mile electric range estimate.

A vehicle’s MPGe rating and its range are not linked. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent, an EPA-derived unit of measurement of the electric car’s energy consumption level compared with gas-powered vehicles. It measures how efficiently a car uses its battery pack.

It’s likely a rear-wheel-drive version of the Model Y would be less expensive than the $58,990 base price the automaker currently charges for the Long Range.

It’s unclear if Tesla will actually build such a model. Automakers occasionally ask the EPA to certify models they may sell, making it easier to offer certain products on the market quickly.

Additionally, Tesla does not follow traditional model years like other automakers do. A 2022 model for the electric automaker is typically one built during that calendar year, and Tesla tends to update its lineup periodically throughout the year.

In short: stay tuned since we never really know Tesla’s future product plans. See Tesla Model Y models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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