Another possibility is that Tesla believes it simply can’t sell enough base Model Ys because of its 244-mile range. Elon Musk previously went on record stating Tesla would not build any Model Y variants with less than a 250-mile range. Well, it did, at least for a few weeks. So now everyone is pretty much left confused by the whole thing, but Tesla has never functioned like a typical automaker.
It’s certainly possible it’ll re-launch a new base version in the coming weeks or months, especially in light of the fact that the US government could expand the EV federal tax credit. Automakers, like Tesla, whose credits have expired might be allocated fresh credits to help buyers make the EV switch.