Tesla introduced the Model Y on March 14, 2019, making it the fifth in its line of electric vehicles and its first compact SUV.
According to the electric-vehicle website InsideEVs, in the first half of 2019, Tesla sold around 83,875 vehicles in the US, making it the electric-vehicle sales leader by a wide margin. The figure is over ten times the number of vehicles sold by the second place ranked General Motors.
The introduction of the Model Y SUV places Tesla in one of the world’s hottest car segments. Automotive intelligence firm JATO Dynamics reports the SUV’s share of the global auto market has risen from 22% to more than a third since 2014. Most of that growth has come in countries like China, Japan, the Middle East, and South America.
Business Insider says, for Tesla to survive, it needs to be a major player in the SUV segment. The electric car company is betting the Model Y will help it do just that.
Here are twenty facts you didn't know about Tesla model Y.
20 Tesla Model Y Uses the Model 3 Platform
Tesla’s new fully electric compact utility vehicle (CUV) is largely built upon the Model 3 platform. The two cars will share 76% of their parts, allowing Tesla to streamline parts sourcing and simplify construction. Tesla will leverage lessons learned, capital spent, and overcome obstacles while bringing the Model 3 production up to speed.
19 Seating for 5 Passengers
The standard Model Y seats five passengers and, as with most SUVs, the second and third row of seats can fold down flat to augment its hauling capacity. Although the 66 cubic feet of storage space in the Model Y is not the largest in its class, it's respectable for a compact SUV.
18 The Standard Range Model Y is Rated at 230 Miles
Many of the features found on the Model 3 are also included on the Model Y. The base configuration with Standard Range battery, such as the Model 3, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and has an EPA-rated range of 230 miles per charge.
The price of $39,000 places the Standard Range Model in the middle of the range of combustion-powered mid-sized luxury SUVs, as well as the Hyundai Kona EV.
17 Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) Long Range Model Y
The first higher-end trim offered by Tesla for the Model Y will be the Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) Long Range version. Priced at $47,000, it will provide 70 more miles of range at 300 miles (480 kilometers) per charge than the Standard Range Model Y.
Acceleration is expected to be from 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
16 All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Long Range Model Y
The addition of a second motor to the AWD Long Range Model Y improves the acceleration to 4.5 seconds for the 0 to 60 mph run, and the EV reaches a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). However, the trade-off of adding a second motor is speed for range. Yet, the AWD still delivers a remarkable 280 miles (450 kilometers) of EPA-rated range per charge. The price is expected to be $51,000.
15 Performance Upgrade Package for $60,000
At the high end of the trim offerings, the Performance Model Y for $60,000 boasts a heart-stopping 0–60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 150 mph (241 km/h). The Performance package includes a lowered suspension, 20’’ performance wheels, aluminum alloy pedal, performance brakes, carbon fiber spoiler, and Track Mode.
14 Interior Features On all Trims
The Interior of the Model Y is rich in features. All four trims include satellite-view maps with live traffic visualization and navigation, internet streaming music & media, twelve-way power-adjustable seats in both the front and rear, and premium audio with fourteen speakers, one subwoofer, 2 amps, and immersive sound.
The compact SUV also features a center console with storage, four USB ports, plus docking for two smartphones, music and media over Bluetooth, and location-aware automatic garage door opener.
13 Seating for 7 Passengers Optional
The 7-seat option will be available in 2021, a few months after the first Model Y cars with seating for five roll off the production line. Tesla achieves the extra capacity by adding a third row of seating. All three of the rear seats will fold individually to maximize cargo space.
12 Single Pane Glass Roof
While the Tesla Model 3 has a glass roof, the view is partially obstructed by a brace that passes through the center of the opening. The Model Y borrows the single pane glass roof design from the Model S. The result is an open feel in the cabin that's enjoyed by the passengers and driver (preferably while the car is not moving).
11 Folding Seats Below the Hatch
The high roofline common to most compact SUVs is a design feature of the Model Y as well. The extra headroom allows the seats to be mounted in a slightly elevated position and, in the case of the Model Y, makes room for two miniature folding seats beneath the hatch at the rear of the vehicle.
10 More Room for Passengers and Cargo than the Model 3
A comparison of the two exteriors shows the Model Y roofline to be a few inches higher than that of the Model 3. The extra height and the hatchback design give it extra room for additional passengers and added space for cargo. The folding seats fold down flat, allowing for maximum effectiveness and flexibility.
9 Traditional Doors Instead of “Falcon Wing” Door System
A gull-wing (or falcon-wing) door, pioneered by the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300SL race car and its 1954 street-legal version has long been considered a feature of the most exotic sports cars.
The Falcon Wing door system of the Model X was part of the initial Model Y design. However, Tesla ultimately decided to use traditional doors for Model Y. Problems with the Falcon Wing door mechanisms and the automatic closing feature on the Model X, no doubt, influenced Tesla’s selection for the Model Y.
8 The Model Y Gets “Chrome Delete”
Aftermarket companies have developed black vinyl kits to cover chrome pieces on the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3, and owners pay upwards of $1,000 for the “look.”
The “chrome delete” treatment is a standard feature on the Model Y. While the Model 3 has many chrome touches, the Model Y’s pillar trim, side mirrors, door handles, blinkers, and various accents are finished in matte black.
7 Skateboard Battery Pack Design for Safety
All three Tesla production vehicles lead their respective classes in safety features. The company has designed the Model Y to the same standards.
The exceptional safety characteristics of Tesla automobiles start with the skateboard battery pack that positions the heaviest component of the vehicle at the lowest point possible. The low center of gravity design provides better cornering and handling, and it also reduces the chances of the car flipping in an accident.
6 Industry-Leading Active Safety Features
Not only did Tesla build the Model Y with a low center of gravity, rigid body structure, and large crumple zones to achieve extraordinary safety, the company also implemented other active features.
These include several sensors and cameras mounted on the front, rear, and side of the vehicle; 160-meter forward-facing radar; and ultrasonic sensors that provide close-proximity data used by the vehicle’s systems to view around the Model Y and respond quickly.
5 Autopilot and Full Self Driving Features
Tesla Plans to offer Full Self Driving as an option for all its vehicles, including the Model Y. The schedule for implementation is still uncertain.
CEO Elon Musk stated recently that, “it still does appear that we will be in Early Access release of Full Self Driving by the end of this year .”
4 Best Efficiency in its Class
In its class, the Tesla Model Y beats all its competition for efficiency. The compact SUV boasts a 0.23 drag coefficient, making it the most aerodynamic design in the group. Furthermore, the Model Y’s lowest price, longest range, highest efficiency, and the fastest acceleration, give the EV the lowest cost per kilowatt-hour of storage among its rivals.
3 New V3 Supercharging
The already fast Tesla charging network has been made even faster with V3 Supercharging. The significant advantage over the competition provides charging at the rate of 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of range into the car per hour. On the Model 3 (and most assuredly on the Model Y) that means 75 miles of charge can be added to the batteries in a mere five minutes.
Brief stops at recharging stations appeal to drivers who are accustomed to refueling gasoline-powered vehicles in just a few minutes.
2 Vehicle Configurator to Order On-Line
Tesla made the vehicle configurator for orders of the Model Y available immediately following the launch announcement in March of this year. With a refundable $2,500 deposit, buyers can place an order, including full specifications.
Allowing consumers to configure their vehicles early provides Tesla visibility of the potential Model Y demand for use in ramping up its production lines.
1 Model Y Delivery Early 2021
According to electrek.com, Tesla has confirmed that Model Y production is ahead of its previous schedule. Tesla claims, “Model Y equipment installation is underway in advance of the planned launch next year. We are moving faster than initially planned, using learnings and efficiencies gained from our Gigafactory Shanghai factory design.”
The release of the Model Y is yet another milestone in Tesla’s trek toward global domination of the electric vehicle market.
Source: businessinsider.com, forbes.com, greentechmedia.com, insideevs.com