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Tesla has officially added the option for a Tow Hitch on the Model Y…about a month after deliveries began. What does this mean for early adopters? And for pre-order holders?
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If you go to the website to configure the Tesla Model Y, you can now add the option of a Mode Y tow hitch for $1000. When you configure the color of your car, you can now select a Model Y tow hitch:
“High strength, Class II steel tow bar. Capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs”. And this tow rating shows up for all configurations, whether you get the AWD with 19 inch or 20-inch wheels.
This will definitely be frustrating for some people in the first group of deliveries of Model Y’s. If you’re like me and got a Model Y without a tow hitch. I guarantee many people who received their cars wish they had known this option was coming…just a couple weeks after their car was delivered, and they could have had Model Y towing.
Plus, now that they’ve added the option, it’s definitely likely that early pre-orders who haven’t taken delivery yet will want to add this option, and more than likely, you’ll actually end up having to pay the new price for the car.
See, when Tesla announced the prices for the Model Y, the AWD was at $51,000, and now that price is $52,990. From what we’ve seen, even though you locked in your price, editing your order could still result in the new price because essentially it starts a new order.
So, if you pre-ordered on the announcement date, and now want to add the tow hitch option, it seems like you’ll have to pay the $1000 for the tow hitch, as well as the $1990 price increase of the car in general.
Now regarding deliveries in general, and production of the tow hitch, it’s important to note that Tesla’s factory is closed, so any Model Y’s that are still getting delivered were already produced before the shutdown, and a couple weeks before this option was even live on the website, so none that are still getting delivered will have this Tow Hitch.
Now my biggest question is, can the tow hitch be added retroactively? It seems that no towing equipment is present in Model Y’s that were delivered, and installing it would be quite a process, so I wonder if Tesla will allow this to be added with a service appointment? Or if early Model Y adapters are stuck with no tow hitch.
As I mentioned, Tesla’s factory is closed, for obvious reasons, and they are now planning to open again on May 4th. Tesla is planning on temporary pay cuts with vice presidents and above receiving 30% pay cuts, directors and up taking 20% cuts, and all other US employees taking a 10% pay cut at least through the second quarter.
Regarding Tesla Q1 deliveries, we know that Tesla produced around 102,672 cars and deliveries 88,400 in Q1 which means that Tesla still has some stock of cars in inventory, and in my personal opinion, I still think they have quite a few Model Y’s ready to delivery if your location and configuration happen to line up with what’s in their secretive inventory.
Last up today, we got a little insight into Model Y European delivery when Elon responded to a tweet.
Someone tweeted at Elon asking “When do you delivery model y in Switzerland?”
To which Elon said
“In about a year. Would come from Giga Berlin”. So it looks like in Switzerland, and most likely all European countries, the Model Y will be arriving once the new factory is built in Berlin, and they likely won’t be shipping Model Y’s overseas from Fremont.
Now keep in mind that “about a year” is Elon time, and we have to consider that the entire world economy is slowing currently, and the Model Y’s production is contingent on an entire factory being built. They pulled it off in a year with Gigafactory Shanghai, but we’ll see if they can do it again, especially right now.
Currently, my Red Tesla Model Y AWD is in the service center for some small fixes from production, and while it’s fun to have a loaner Model S, I definitely miss my Model Y. I’ll give you the whole story of why it’s already in service so soon, so make sure you’re subscribed to this channel to stay up to date on all the videos I’ll be bringing out and to hear that whole story.