Tesla's Model Y is Now Available to Order Online
【Summary】Tesla recently updated its website allowing customers to order the highly anticipated Model Y crossover SUV.
Electric vehicle pioneer Tesla recently updated its website, adding the highly anticipated Model Y crossover SUV to its offerings.
Customers can now order the new crossover in either the Long-Range or Performance version, with the Performance variant getting an additional Performance upgrade option.
The optional Performance upgrade increases the Model Y's top speed from 145mph to 155mph. It also includes 21'' Überturbine wheels, performance brakes, a lowered suspension and aluminum alloy pedals.
Tesla has confirmed that the production of the Model Y is already underway and customers placing their orders can expect deliveries by the end of Q1 2020 and as early as next month.
With the additional of the Model Y to its lineup, Tesla plans to boost production at its California assembly factory.
As of now, Tesla expects to manufacture 400,000 electric vehicles every year at its Fremont factory. The plant is already scheduled for a mid-2020 expansion, which is expected to bump up the production capacity to 500,000 units per year.
Based on Tesla's launch history, we expect that the lower-priced Standard Range and Rear-Wheel-Drive Model Y versions, including the Long Range Rear-Wheel-Drive variant, will join the EV's lineup later in its product life cycle. These versions are likely to join the Model Y lineup sometime in 2021.
The fact that Tesla decided not to offer the more inexpensive variants of Model Y right now is viewed as a strategic move to avoid cannibalizing the sales of its relatively inexpensive mass-market Model 3 sedan.
Initial estimates for the Model Y's range stood at 280 miles. However, Tesla recently confirmed that thanks to its continuous engineering efforts and technological innovations, the automaker has managed to increase the vehicle's range to 315 miles.
Even though this is an EPA estimated range figure and not an on-road stat, the 315-mile range makes Tesla Model Y the most efficient electric crossover ever.
Prices for Long Range AWD Model Y start at $52,990, followed by the top of the line Performance model starting at $60,990.
The Long Range Model Y variants can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.8 seconds, whereas it only takes the Performance version 3.5 seconds to make the same sprint.
The top speed of the Long Range Model Y is limited to 135 mph and goes up to 145 mph with the Performance variants. Both versions get a dual-motor AWD setup and ride on standard 19-inch Gemini wheels. Tesla also offers 20-inch "induction wheels" as an option for $2,000 extra.
Other standard features include a 15-inch center-mounted touch screen unit, as well as Tesla's premium interior. The premium interior includes 12-way power-adjustable front and rear heated seats, tinted panoramic glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection, custom driver profiles, auto-dimming power-folding heated side mirrors and internet browsing.
The Model Y's battery pack and electric powertrain are covered by a 120,000/ 8-year warranty, which comes standard. The electric crossover also includes Telsa's Autopilot automated-driving feature. Customers can opt for the full self-driving capability for an additional $7,000.
The fully-electric Model Y is entering into one of the hottest segments in the auto industry—crossovers and smaller SUVs. The new fully-electric crossover has the potential to become a big hit with U.S. consumers.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said that the company might sell more Model Y's than all of its other models combined.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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