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Tesla Releases Model Y RWD in Canada: For About $44,000

Tesla releases Model Y RWD in Canada for an equivalent price of around $44,000. Is this car worth it?

Tesla Model Y RWD in Canada

There is news of Canada being introduced to the Model Y RWD and a Model Y Long Range AWS, both of which qualify for a $5,000 federal iZEV incentive. The $5,000 comes directly off the purchase price of the vehicle after tax.

This vehicle is powered by LFP batteries - the same batteries that are in the Model 3 RWD, which gets 272 miles of range with the base configuration. This makes it a completely different Model Y than Tesla has ever produced in North America.

The Model Y RWD is more affordable than any variant of the Model Y, even the Model Y AWD with 4680 batteries and 279 miles of range in the U.S. The total cost of this vehicle as of today is about $59,990 CAD and $44,293 USD.

When you do some gathering of data, you realize that the Model Y RWD only has about 245 miles of range. It also has a top speed of 135 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds. I still like the Model 3 RWD as a better deal in this case, though you can charge to 100% regularly in this new Model Y.

This variant is $10,000 CAD less than the Model Y Long range and $15,000 CAD less than the Model Y Performance in Canada.

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The 245 miles of range stood out to me. For someone who isn't doing a lot of road trip driving, this isn't too bad and if you slow charge at home, you shouldn't see too much battery degradation.

However, if you fast charge a lot, then you might experience faster battery degradation. My Model 3 RWD with LFP batteries has about 7,600 miles on it and gets 264 miles now, down from the 272 miles it started with.

This is one of the biggest concerns that people have with buying an EV. When you buy a gas car, you don't get a shrinking gas tank. You might lose some efficiency over time and in the winter, but it's not as drastic as what an EV experiences - at least in my experience.

When I fast charge my Model 3 RWD, I notice the range dropping every few charges, even if by .2 miles. I can slow charge for 5 or 6 months and not see the miles go down at all.

Still, this might be a good deal for those who want a Tesla and can't afford the more expensive variants. Would you get this Tesla vehicle if you lived in Canada?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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