Tesla gains EPA approval for 2023 model year S, 3, X trims

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Tesla has gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for select trim levels of 2023 model year Model S, Model 3, and Model X vehicles, Teslarati learned.

Tesla applied for certification for the Model X, Model X Plaid, Model S, and Model 3 Long Range, Performance, and Rear-Wheel-Drive trim levels in late August. The Model 3 Long Range was discontinued earlier this year by Tesla as demand for this trim was especially high and it sold out for 2022. It is encouraging to see that Tesla is planning to resume the sale of the vehicle with the 2023 model year.

The Model S was granted a Certificate of Conformity on September 15, while the Model 3 trim levels were approved to enter the stream of commerce on September 22. The Model X configurations were approved on September 27.

Interestingly, the Model Y did not appear on the EPA’s lists. While the vehicle still holds approvals for the 2022 model years following the launch of manufacturing at Gigafactory Texas earlier this year, Tesla more than likely applied to have the vehicle examined by the EPA. The same can be said about the Model S Plaid. It is likely the EPA has not yet tested these vehicles, but the agency did not immediately respond to our request as to whether it had received applications for any Model Y trim or the Model S Plaid.

Before vehicles are able to be sold by manufacturers and driven by consumers, the EPA has to grant the vehicles a Certificate of Conformity. Without a Certificate of Conformity, vehicles are not legally allowed to enter the stream of commerce.

Vehicles are tested by the EPA for various reasons, but mostly for the car’s ability to abide by emissions and fuel economy standards. It is an unfortunate truth that some automakers have tried to cheat their way out of emissions compliance, with Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal being one of the biggest in recent memory.

Despite electric vehicles not having a tailpipe or utilizing a combustible liquid for operation, the EPA still tests EVs every year to ensure they are compliant with standards. EV manufacturers are required to disclose nearly every bit of information regarding the car’s powertrain, battery capacity, charging specifications, and range ratings. As 2022 comes to an end, manufacturers are preparing to launch new model years into their fleet, and these vehicles need to be recertified before they can be shipped to customers.

For clarification, here are the 2023 Tesla vehicles that are currently approved by the EPA as they have gained a Certificate of Conformity:

  • 2023 Tesla Model S
  • 2023 Tesla Model X
  • 2023 Tesla Model X Plaid
  • 2023 Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive
  • 2023 Tesla Model 3 Long Range
  • 2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance

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Tesla gains EPA approval for 2023 model year S, 3, X trims
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