Fan of the yoke? That’ll be $250, please.
When Tesla revealed its redesign of the Mannequin S a short while in the past, its most controversial change by far was the addition of the yoke steering wheel. As an alternative of a conventional steering wheel that, , is a full circle, the brand new Mannequin S opted for a yoke design that’s usually present in Components 1 automobiles. Whereas the design undoubtedly regarded cool in pictures, Tesla acquired a number of pushback resulting from its ergonomic points at decrease speeds.
The controversy over the yoke went on for therefore lengthy that the corporate even supplied to modify out the yoke for a extra conventional steering wheel for purchasers who complained. Whereas some thought Tesla may abandon the yoke altogether, a brand new replace to its configurator begs to vary.
As noticed by Electrek, the corporate has made an replace to its on-line configurator for the Mannequin S and Mannequin X. For those who begin configuring an order for both car, you’ll now have the choice to decide on the kind of steering wheel you need. Whereas the usual steering wheel is included, the corporate is now charging a $250 premium for the yoke steering wheel.
It’ll be fascinating to see what number of prospects select to pay extra for the yoke possibility going ahead. Tesla has clearly made peace with the truth that most prospects are positive with the usual steering wheel and that the yoke can be extra of a distinct segment possibility.
As Tesla pulls the yoke as a normal possibility for its high-end autos, Common Motors goes scorched earth and ending production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV totally. The corporate introduced throughout its Q1 2023 earnings name that it will likely be ending manufacturing of the mannequin by the top of the 12 months and redirecting its efforts to electrical vehicles.