Tesla mysteriously discontinues cheapest Model Y after six weeks

Sub-$40G Model Y not longer available for order

Tesla has discontinued a low-priced version of its Model Y SUV that was only added to the lineup in early January.

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The Model Y Standard Range has been removed from the automaker’s website over the weekend without explanation. Just last week Tesla had reduced the price by $2,000 to $39,990.

Tesla does not have a functioning PR department in the U.S. to field requests for information, but a retail sales associate confirmed that the model is no longer offered for order. However, several remain in existing inventory at the $39,990 price.

Last July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he wasn’t going to introduce the vehicle at all because its range per charge would be "unnacceptibly low (< 250 mile EPA)."

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The official rating turned out to be 244 miles, which is less than the similarly sized Volkswagen ID.4 that can go 250 miles per charge and starts at $39,995, but is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

The Tesla Model Y has been facing new competition in recent months with the introduction of the ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E and last week's unveiling fo the smaller Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which has a 250 mile rating and starts at $33,995.

The lowest-priced Model Y now avaialble for custom order is the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range, which can go 326 miles per charge and starts at $48,990.