The Model Y is the SUV version of the Model 3. Sharing the same 100% electric platform. However, it can carry up to seven people. Given the success of the Model 3, Tesla expects its Model Y to become a best-seller as well, but delays in building its Gigafactory near Berlin have hampered production. Initially scheduled for July 2021, then postponed to January 2022, the first deliveries to European customers should take place in August 2021.
Indeed, it is the Shanghai factory that will take over and will be responsible for assembling and shipping the first vehicles, the Model Y Long Autonomy All-Wheel Drive being the first version available. As a reminder, this version claims 507 km of autonomy in the WLTP cycle. It is equipped with two electric motors which allow it to reach 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 s and a maximum speed of 217 km/h. Pricing will start at €59,990 in France.
A Model 3 in SUV format
For the rest, the Model Y takes up what made the success of the Model 3, namely connectivity to the owner’s smartphone via the Tesla application for entering and starting the vehicle, remote unlocking and access to safety and comfort features such as Auto Exit, remote air conditioning activation, maximum speed limitation. All Model Y controls are accessible via a central 15-inch touchscreen or by voice command. Itou, the Model Y, designed to be the safest midsize SUV in the world according to Elon Musk’s vision, features a low center of gravity, a rigid chassis and large crumple zones for protection unique to its occupants, again according to the manufacturer.
The Model Y will be compatible with Supercharger V3 technology which delivers up to 250 kW direct current.
Elon Musk aims to produce 1.5 million Model Ys per year from 2023 and make it the best-selling car in the world, ahead of the Toyota Corolla. Just that !
If you missed TSLA’s earnings, the highlight was @elonmusk sharing in the call that he thinks Tesla’s Model Y will become the top-selling vehicle of any kind in 2022 or 2023.
World’s top-selling car currently is Corolla at 1.5m units/year.
— Dave Lee (@heydave7) April 26, 2021