After teasing the move earlier this week, Tesla has begun deliveries of the Performance Model Y in China. The move comes with price hikes to the other Tesla models as the American automaker has fallen victim to continued supply chain issues.
Until consumers (someday) begin seeing Cybertruck deliveries, the Model Y remains the newest Tesla EV to see mass production. Since 2020, the Model Y has become one of the best selling Teslas alongside the Model 3, for its more affordable performance compared to more veteran models like the S or X.
While the US briefly saw a Standard Range version of the Model Y before Elon Musk nixed it, this version has remained as an option in China and has seen much success. Earlier this month, we reported that Tesla had dropped the “Standard Range” monicker in China, simply calling the EV the RWD Model Y.
Nevertheless, sales of the Model Y built at Giga Shanghai have continued, despite price increases on all Tesla models due to supply chain bottlenecks. In fact, CnEVPost points out that the RWD Model Y is sold out through 2021, and the EV itself was the third-best selling EV model in China in October.
With its latest announcement, Tesla should be able to supplement its sales in China by beginning deliveries of the top tier Model Y Performance.