The price of Tesla vehicles is increasing due to supply chain pressures across the auto industry, particularly for raw materials, Elon Musk said on Monday in response to a tweet.
“Prices increasing due to major supply chain price pressure industry-wide. Raw materials especially,” Musk said in a tweet
He was responding to an unverified Twitter account called @Ryanth3nerd, which said, “I really don’t like the direction @tesla is going raising prices of vehicles but removing features like lumbar for the Model Y…”
Musk recently admitted the company has been experiencing supply chain-related problems but it seems to have a steady supply of semiconductor chips, a key ingredient a majority of automakers currently lack.
A more specified list of those raw materials was not provided but its widely known things like copper, steel, and aluminium have all increased in price in recent months. Tesla has not been engaging in price gouging, as many have wondered. It’s simply costing more to build cars right now than in previous months. There’s no way of predicting when or if raw material prices will decrease.
In response to the removal of lumbar support on the passenger side in Tesla’s Model Y, Musk said, “Moving lumbar was removed only in the front passenger seat of 3/Y (obv not there in rear seats). Logs showed almost no usage. Not worth cost/mass for everyone when almost never used.”