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Tesla's vehicle price increases due to supply chain pressure, Musk says

May 31 (Reuters) - 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 bit.ly/3vFEtQL.

“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...”

In May, Tesla increased its Model 3 and Model Y prices, the automaker's fifth incremental price increase for its vehicles in just a few months, the Electrek website reported bit.ly/3c9PPVo.

During an an earnings conference call in April, Musk said Tesla had experienced “some of the most difficult supply chain challenges,” citing a chip shortage. “We’re mostly out of that particular problem,” he added at the time.

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 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.”

Earlier on Monday, the Electrek reported bit.ly/2R9fmqx that new Tesla Model Y owners are reporting that their electric SUVs are being delivered without lumbar support on the passenger side. (Reporting by Nandakumar D in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; editing by Richard Pullin)

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