The Most Affordable Tesla Model Y Isn’t Available Until 2023

The Tesla Model Y was once at the top of the electric SUV vehicle segment. Tesla dominated the electric vehicle market in the early days of EVs. Now other automakers are creeping into the total electric SUV market share. If you’re looking for a Tesla Model Y Long Range, you may not be able to purchase one until 2023. Tesla Model Y rivals just got a lot more breathing room.

Americans can’t have Long Range Model Ys until 2023

A red Tesla Model Y is driving on the road.
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Few automakers have avoided the cruel impact of the supply chain squeeze. Materials vital to vehicle production, like semiconductor chips, are in short supply, and some automakers can’t produce vehicles as a result. According to InsideEVs, Tesla Model Y Long Range electric SUVs have a January 2023 estimated delivery date in America.

This means that if Americans purchase the $62,990 electric SUV, they shouldn’t expect it anytime soon. News of the Model Y Long Range’s delivery times comes shortly after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker would shift its focus toward building robots as supply issues ravage the auto industry.

The electric SUV that was once wildly popular is getting increasingly harder to obtain in America. The Volkswagen ID.4 is dominating electric vehicle sales across Europe, and it could make a huge splash in the American market as well.

Is the Tesla Model Y selling well?

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The Tesla Model Y was once considered to be the ideal electric SUV by many experts when it was in its prime. Thanks to price fluctuations and emerging competition, the Model Y’s golden age may be coming to an end. The Tesla Model Y led electric vehicle sales at one point in 2021 with the popular Tesla Model 3 electric car.

The Model Y was well-rounded for its price (before several price bumps). Today, the Model Y is currently only available in upper trim levels. These trim levels are much more expensive than its previous base price of $39,990. The electric SUV’s range, driving dynamics, and quality led to stellar sales in its early days. Models like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E threaten to make the Model Y a thing of the past.

Is Tesla pulling out of the race to produce the most popular EV?

A blue Tesla Model Y is parked.
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Tesla is a pioneer in electric vehicle technology. Is the company that paved the way for many future electric vehicles slowly pulling out of a race that it was winning with ease? As Tesla EV rivals emerge, the automaker seems to shy away from the competition instead of making its vehicles more appealing.

Supply issues have clearly caused the company to pivot and accept that it won’t be able to produce enough vehicles to meet the growing demand for EVs. Tesla is taking a hiatus from rolling out new models, and the company is having trouble producing enough models for its current lineup. Automakers like Ford and Volkswagen are in position to claim a huge portion of the new EV market share.

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