Tesla Model Y

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Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y press art.jpg
ManufacturerTesla, Inc.
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body styleSUV
RelatedTesla Model 3
Electric range300 or 230 or 280 miles (483 or 370 or 451 km)

The Tesla Model Y is an upcoming electric compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV) in development by Tesla, Inc.[1] It was unveiled in March 2019, with deliveries starting in late 2020.[2] It is Tesla's second vehicle built upon the tier 3 mass market vehicle platform, alongside the Model 3.[3] Model Y will offer optional third row seats for a seven passenger capacity.[4]

There are currently four planned powertrains for the Model Y: Standard Range, Long Range, Long Range with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance. All models are planned to be available by late 2020, apart from the Standard Range model, which is planned to enter production in early 2021.[5] The vehicle lineup of Tesla now forms "semi-SEXY (S3XY) roadster".[6][7] The Model Y fills a smaller size segment from its bigger sibling, the tier 2 premium market Tesla Model X crossover sport utility vehicle (XUV).[8]


In 2013, Tesla Motors filed for a trademark on "Model Y".[9]

In 2015, Elon Musk teased a Model 3 based Model Y with falcon-wing doors.[10]

In 2017, the Model Y's silhouette was teased to Tesla shareholders at the annual general meeting in June.[11] Elon Musk also announced that the Model Y would be produced in a new factory, as it was not likely that the Fremont plant would have room to accommodate another production line.[12]

In June 2018, a new silhouette was revealed by CEO Musk. With the new image, it was stated that the Model Y would be formally announced in March 2019.[13] The Model Y announcement had been planned for 2018, however production problems with the Model 3 resulted in it being pushed to 2019.[14] In October 2018, Elon Musk revealed that he has approved the finalized design for the first production version of the Model Y, however production would not start until 2020.[15]

On 3 March 2019, Elon Musk published multiple tweets, announcing the unveiling event and confirming some specifications.[16] Musk confirmed the vehicle will use standard doors, as opposed to the falcon-wing doors used on the Model X.[17]

On 14 March 2019, Elon Musk debuted the Tesla Model Y at an event at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, CA, where specifications were announced and the vehicle was shown. Test drives of multiple Model Y vehicles were also offered to attendees after the presentation.[2][18]


Battery Standard Range Long Range
Powertrain RWD RWD AWD Performance
Base price (US market) $39,000 $47,000 $51,000 $60,000
Range 230 mi
370 km
300 mi
483 km
280 mi
451 km
Acceleration 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h)

5.9 seconds advertised

0–60 mph (0–97 km/h)

5.5 seconds advertised

0–60 mph (0–97 km/h)

4.8 seconds advertised

0–60 mph (0–97 km/h)

3.5 seconds advertised

Top Speed 120 mph (193 km/h) 130 mph (209 km/h) 135 mph (217 km/h) 150 mph (241 km/h)
US Projected Deliveries Spring 2021 Fall 2020
Drag coefficient 0.23
Luggage 66 cu ft (1,869 L) max volume


Tesla has stated that Model Y will be assembled at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, along with the battery and drivetrain for the vehicles, unlike the Model 3, where drivetrains and batteries are assembled at Gigafactory 1, and final assembly is completed at the Fremont Factory. Later, Model Y will also be assembled at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.[20]

US deliveries will start in late 2020 for the Long Range, Dual Motor, and Performance versions; deliveries will start in early 2021 for the Standard Range version. After initial rollout, Tesla is expected to begin shipping cars to the Canadian and Mexican markets, and right-hand drive European markets thereafter. Once Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is operational, Model Y vehicles for Asian markets will be available.[21]

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  1. ^ Kelly Pleskot (16 April 2018). "Tesla Model Y to Enter Production in November 2019". MotorTrend.
  2. ^ a b Lambert, Fred (2019-03-15). "Tesla unveils Model Y electric SUV with 300 miles range and 7-seats". Electrek. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  3. ^ Nick Jaynes (29 January 2016). "Tesla is working on multiple variations of the Model 3". Mashable.
  4. ^ Miguel Cortina (15 March 2019). "Tesla Model Y First Ride: A Compact Crossover For Canyon Roads". MotorTrend.
  5. ^ "Design Your Model Y". www.tesla.com. Tesla. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  6. ^ Gulshankumar Wankar (12 June 2017). "Tesla Model Y: Elon Musk unveils sketch of electric crossover smaller than Model X". Hindustan Times.
  7. ^ Curtis Moldrich (7 June 2018). "Tesla Model Y: Musk reveals new picture of compact SUV". Car Magazine UK.
  8. ^ Fred Lambert (2 August 2017). "Tesla Model Y is coming to market sooner using Model 3 architecture, says Elon Musk". electrek.
  9. ^ Santiago Tiongco (11 April 2016). "If Ford Did Not Block Trademark For Model E, Tesla Would Have Completed A Word After Model S, Model X". Tech Times.
  10. ^ Sebastian Anthony (7 October 2015). "Elon Musk hints at Tesla Model Y with falcon-wing doors". Ars Technica.
  11. ^ Samuel Gibbs (7 June 2017). "Tesla teases new Model Y car as cheaper Model 3 nears production". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Tim Higgins (6 June 2017). "Tesla CEO Elon Musk Signals New Factory for Model Y SUV". Wall Street Journal.
  13. ^ LISA MARIE SEGARRA (6 June 2018). "Elon Musk Shares a New Image of the Tesla Model Y". Fortune Magazine.
  14. ^ Fred Lambert (22 October 2018). "Tesla Model Y: what to expect?". Electrek.
  15. ^ Sean O'Kane (24 October 2018). "Tesla's Model Y crossover is ready for production, Elon Musk says". The Verge.
  16. ^ Musk, Elon (2019-03-03). "Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio". @elonmusk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  17. ^ Musk, Elon (2019-03-03). "Normal". @elonmusk. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  18. ^ Alvarez, Simon (2019-03-15). "Tesla Model Y test ride: first impressions of Tesla's latest 7-seat SUV (VIDEO)". TESLARATI. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  19. ^ "Model Y". www.tesla.com. Tesla. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  20. ^ Capparella, Joey (15 March 2019). "The Tesla Model Y Is the All-Electric Brand's Entry into the Compact-Crossover Fray". Car And Driver. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  21. ^ García, Gerardo (March 15, 2019). "Tesla Model Y: Precios, versiones y equipamiento en México". Retrieved March 15, 2019.

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