Tesla recently announced the Model Y an all-electric, mid-sized but still seven-seat SUV, the Model X’s little brother if you like or the Model 3’s bigger brother, depending on how you look at it.
Tesla Model Y Pricing and Range
Model Y will start at $39,000 for the 230 miles Standard Range version, but like the model 3 it will also come in Long Range with 300 miles of range and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance variants using the bigger battery for greater thrills.
With the big battery and four-wheel drive in the dual-motor versions will see 0-60 mph acceleration in as little as 3.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 150 mph.
Not bad for a car that Tesla claims that is spacious enough to carry seven adults and their luggage.
Inside the Tesla Model Y’s gets a panoramic glass roof and relatively high seating which gives every passenger a good view and creates a feeling of spaciousness.
All Tesla’s get two boots, as there’s nothing else to put under the bonnet of course, which is another reason for buying a car built to be electric from the ground up.
The model Y will provide for a total of 66 cubic feet (1.9 cubic meters) of storage space, with the seats folded.
Tesla Model Y Technology
You won’t get complicated Falcon X doors from the big brother, but as technology is shared across the entire Tesla, you’ll still be able to use your phone instead of a key to unlock and drive it.
Depending on options you’re also going to get some of the more significant features such as full self-driving mode and summon.
Dashboard wise you’re going to get a single glass touch screen in the centre with all the controls centred on there and few if any manual switches accept perhaps for indicator stalk’s, wipers etc..
Driving And Handling
Another benefit of building cars from the ground up as pure electric vehicle, apart from the twin boot spaces, is the low centre of gravity that comes from building everything around from a flat battery.
Its this low centre of gravity that makes Tesla feel bolted to the ground and this is especially important in a relatively high sided 4×4 shaped which are more prone to rollovers in extreme avoidance situations.
This Tesla characteristic provides for the excellent handling and low level of rollover risk, that gave its bigger model X brother the highest NHTSA 5-STAR safety rating awarded to any SUV.
Charging the Tesla Model Y
Model Y is also compatible with the Supercharger network of more than 12,000 Superchargers in 36 countries, as well as our new V3 Superchargers which can charge at in as little as 20 minutes.
Ordering and Competition.
You can get your order in now with Tesla and build your car in their Design Studio, expect to take delivery in the third quarter of 2020 if you’re in the US for the standard range car.
The Model Y Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants are expected to arrive in early 2021.
Let’s see how that price translates in the UK, with the ever-increasing competition in the sector, especially from VAG group in the shape of the Volkswagen ID,
Audi with the E-Tron and Porcshe with the Taycan.
Elon’s got his work cut out to keep ahead of the market he’s responsible for creating.
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