Tesla Inc. has announced temporary price cuts for some of its Model Y cars in the U.S., effective until Feb. 29. The reductions come less than a month after the electric carmaker adjusted Model Y prices in Germany.
Specifically, Tesla has lowered prices for its Model Y rear-wheel drive and Model Y long-range variants by $1,000 each, with new prices set at $42,990 and $47,990, respectively, representing discounts of 2.3% and 2% from previous prices.
Recent Price Adjustments in Germany and Production Challenges:
Tesla’s decision to reduce Model Y prices in the U.S. follows similar actions in Germany.
The price adjustments in Germany were prompted by production challenges at Tesla’s Berlin factory, where most car production was suspended due to component shortages caused by Red Sea attacks, leading to shipping disruptions.
Impact on Tesla’s Margins and Sales Growth Projections:
Tesla had already warned of “notably lower” sales growth for the year as it prioritizes the production of its next-generation electric vehicle, “Redwood.”
These latest price cuts are expected to further pressure Tesla’s margins, already affected by a price war that began over a year ago.
The price reductions come when Tesla faces cooling demand and increasing competition, particularly from more affordable electric vehicles, such as those produced by China’s BYD. BYD surpassed Tesla as the world’s leading EV maker in the final quarter of 2023.
Hertz Global Holdings’ Decision to Opt for Gas-Powered Vehicles:
In another indication of cooling demand for electric vehicles, rental firm Hertz Global Holdings announced in January its plans to sell approximately 20,000 electric vehicles, including Teslas, from its U.S. fleet and transition to gas-powered vehicles due to higher expenses associated with collision and damage for EVs.
Tesla Shares Down 22.1%:
Tesla’s shares have experienced a 22.1% decline year-to-date, reflecting investor concerns over the company’s pricing strategies, production challenges, and increased competition in the electric vehicle market.