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 a substitute of a conventional steering wheel that, you recognize, is a full circle, the brand new Mannequin S opted for a yoke design that’s usually present in Formulation 1 automobiles. Whereas the design undoubtedly appeared cool in pictures, Tesla received plenty of pushback because of its ergonomic points at decrease speeds.
The talk 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 patrons who complained. Whereas some thought Tesla would possibly 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. When you 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 choice going ahead. Tesla has clearly made peace with the truth that most prospects are advantageous with the usual steering wheel and that the yoke will probably be extra of a distinct segment choice.
As Tesla pulls the yoke as a regular choice for its high-end automobiles, Common Motors goes scorched earth and ending production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV completely. The corporate introduced throughout its Q1 2023 earnings name that will probably be ending manufacturing of the mannequin by the tip of the 12 months and redirecting its efforts to electrical vans.