Tesla Unveils Its Electric SUV Crossover Vehicle, the Tesla Model Y
16 March, 2019, 00:26 | Author: Darnell Patrick
Teslaunveiled its Model Y, promising a much-awaited crossover that will face competition from European automakers rolling out their own electric rivals. Musk said the cheaper electric crossover sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be available from the spring of 2021. CEO Elon Musk emceed the event at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif. Therefore prices will kick off at $39,000 in the United States for the Standard Range (when it's available), or $47,000 for the Long Range. For the Long Range with AWD, make that 4.8 seconds and 135 miles per hour.
That's the day the carmaker gathered more than 115,000 deposits, at $1,000 each, in the 24 hours leading up to the start of the Model 3 launch event-before the sedan had even been shown. Standard Range model acceleration is 5.9s for the 0-60, plus a top speed of 120 miles per hour.
Some versions will have up to 300 miles of range - which will equate to roughly 480km here in Australia.
What's new. The world got its first look at the Model Y late Thursday night. These include a Model Y Long Range, which is priced from $49,200 and promises 300 miles of range, a 130 mph top speed, and a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.
It's made from high-strength steel, not aluminium like the Model X and Model S, and carries over the Model 3's interior pretty much wholesale - same ultra-minimalist design, same 15-inch central touchscreen to control everything. Autopilot will run $3,000, while the controversially named Full Self-Driving Capability pack-Tesla says it allows the vehicle to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs, can automatically drive your auto to you in a parking lot, and offer full automated driving from on-ramp to off-ramp, and automatically negotiate city streets-costs $5,000. The Model Y Standard Range is expected to ship in 2021.Tesla is taking reservations and requesting a refundable $2,500 reservation fee, up from the Model 3's $1,000 fee.
The order books are open. Musk ushered in the entire range of Tesla vehicles by way of introduction, before giving an update on factories, supercharger stations, solar panels and more.
Tesla has taken the wraps off its new Model Y, saying its all-electric, mid-size, seven-seater SUV was designed for "maximum versatility and safety".
Over the next few years, we saw the Tesla Model X and the Model 3 get launched, covering the other price points.
Parts commonality between the two is roughly 86 percent.
A Tesla logo is seen at a groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019.
The analysts also anticipate the Model Y not meeting its late 2020 delivery goal, "given historically poor execution and the lack of detail at the event on manufacturing location".
The Model Y is making its official debut after a rough patch for both Tesla and Musk.
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