Pricing for the Tesla Model Y has been leaked ahead of an anticipated opening of the order book, and it suggests that only a standard range RWD and a Performance variant will be available initially.
The RWD Model Y, which offers 455km driving range (WLTP), a single rear motor that delivers 255kW power output and acceleration from 0-100km/hr in 6.9 seconds, will be priced from $67,990 before on-road costs and optional extras.
That means a Model Y, without added options, will be under the $3,000 EV rebate threshold available in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. It will not be eligible for the threshold in Queensland however, where only electric vehicles priced under $58,000 are eligible.
The Performance AWD variant, which offers 528km driving range (WLTP), 393kW power output from its dual motors and acceleration from 0-100km/hr in 3.7 seconds, will be priced from $98,172. This includes an unlocked top speed of 250km/hr, 21″ Überturbine wheels, performance brakes, lowered suspension and aluminum alloy pedals.
The Long Range variant, which has received local certification but is not included in the leaked information, offers up to 542km driving range (WLTP), and 378kW power output from dual motors and acceleration to 100km/hr in 5 seconds.
Chasing Cars first reported that pricing was shared to corporate customers on Wednesday, and a source familiar with the matter has confirmed the pricing is correct. Inquiries to Tesla Australia to confirm the pricing have not been answered.
The news of the Model Y pricing comes as Australian EV sales ramp up, with a doubling of sales in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2021 as revealed by official sales data from Tesla’s Australian arm released to the national Vfacts in March.
When exactly the online configurator for the Model Y will be opened is unclear, nor is how long wait times will be for the new electric crossover in Australia.
However, the timing – which follows new certification details as reported by The Driven on Monday – is also hot on the heels of the opening of Tesla’s Berlin gigafactory. With Tesla now ready to ramp up production in Germany, it will mean that Shanghai inventory is freed up for other markets including Australia.
Tesla reported a record quarter for production and delivery globally in the first quarter of 2022, with a little over 310,000 cars delivered to customers. In Australia, it revealed on Tuesday that it has sold 4,417 Model 3 cars for the quarter.
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.