Tesla unveils the Model Y: 7 seater, 300-mile range, and $39k base price

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The Tesla Model Y is here, and it is everything that we wanted it to be, plus more. Elon Musk revealed the all-electric SUV before Tesla enthusiasts and guests at the LA Design Center on Thursday, and based on the community’s reaction; the Model Y seemed to have met expectations.

Design

The Model Y is recognizable as a Tesla from first glance. True to a number of teasers that have been released over the past weeks, the Model Y is a larger, somewhat bulkier version of the Model 3. Inside the vehicle, the Model Y is all Model 3, with the dashboard being dominated by the same 15″ touchscreen, which controls the majority of the vehicle’s functions. The Tesla Model Y is an SUV that seats seven passengers comfortably. With the seats folded up, the Model Y has 66 cu ft of cargo space.

Performance and Range

The Model Y could accelerate from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Being a Tesla, the Model Y is built to last long on the road between charges, and its 300-mile range (Long Range variant) definitely does not disappoint. A Standard Range version goes for 230 miles between charges, while the Dual Motor AWD and Performance get 280 miles of range per charge.

Batteries

Similar to the Model 3, the Model Y utilizes cylindrical 2170 battery cells that are manufactured in Gigafactory 1. Production of the vehicle is also expected to begin at the expansive Nevada facility, which should allow Tesla to optimize the SUV’s manufacturing processes further, since battery pack assembly and vehicle assembly happen on the same site.

Charging

The Model Y is built to be fully compatible with the Supercharger V3 network, which supports charging at 250 kW. This translates to a charging speed of up to 1,000 miles per hour, which should allow owners to do road trips even faster and more conveniently than before. The faster charging speed will also allow Supercharger V3 locations to accommodate more vehicles per hour; a capability that will be beneficial to Model Y owners considering the estimated demand for the all-electric SUV.

Pricing and Availability

The Model Y is expected to enter production sometime in Fall 2020. The Model Y starts at $39,000 for the base variant and $47,000 for the Long Range version. A Dual Motor AWD version costs $51,000 and a Performance variant will be priced at $60,000.

Tesla unveils the Model Y: 7 seater, 300-mile range, and $39k base price





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