Tesla has adjusted its configurators for the new 2022 model year. In addition to changed model names (the "Standard Range" name suffix has been dropped for base versions), there are also changes to the range specifications.
According to changes implemented in the Tesla configurator on Tuesday night, the cheapest Model 3 will now be referred to simply as the "Model 3" - rather than the "Model 3 Standard Range Plus" as before. However, the two other all-wheel drive variants will retain their "Maximum Range" and "Performance" name suffixes to differentiate them. Prices have remained the same so far, starting at €41,990 before incentives for the base Model 3.
However, there is also a technical change in the former "SR+" model: with the 2022 model year, the range specification has increased from 448 to 491 kilometres according to WLTP. This change had already been foreshadowed: there were rumours that the Model 3 would get the 60 kWh battery version in future instead of the 55 kWh LFP storage. The 60 kWh battery made of LFP cells from CATL has so far only been used in the China-built Model Y, but had already been registered for use in the EU. In addition, there had already been isolated deliveries with the larger LFP battery - so now the complete changeover in production seems to have been completed.
The removal of the "Standard Range" designation is probably not due to the term itself, but to a new logic in naming: the Model S and X have also had the "Maximum Range" or "Long Range" designation removed from the most affordable variants. Like the Model 3, they are now referred to as the "Model S" and "Model X." The Model 3, however, retains the "Maximum Range" or "Long Range" designation.