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(Pocket-lint) - Tasla is planning to sell a Standard Range AWD variant of the Model Y with a 279-mile range and capability to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 5-seconds. 

It is also said to be cheaper than other Model Y variants from Tesla.

According to a report by Electrek, the company is currently selling the new Model Y to employees first. Sales will then be opened to the public "in the coming weeks".

The car runs on the company's higher-capacity 4680 battery cells and sports a number of other features not present on other versions. That includes a new vehicle trim, such as a magnetic armrest and a parcel shelf. 

Tesla employees were told internally that this version of the Model Y was being sold to them first before being more widely available. It is set to start at $59,990, a few thousand less than the Long Range AWD variant. 

The good news is the 4680 cells are said to be superior in this model. With larger units meaning there are fewer batteries, they should be easier to maintain. This logic also reduces the weight and complexity within the vehicle and therefore improves efficiency and more. 

It's hoped that future developments in this area could also lead to a reduction in costs and savings passed onto the consumer in the long term. 

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Writing by Adrian Willings. Editing by Rik Henderson.
  • Source: Tesla launches Model Y Standard Range AWD for employees starting at $60,000 and with a few upgrades - electrek.co
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