11 years ago, there was just one Tesla car in the world. In the next 12 months, there will be over a million Teslas on the roads!
Last year, Elon Musk jovially tweeted that we can expect the Tesla Model Y in mid-March. Fulfilling another target, Tesla finally unveiled the Model Y at the Tesla Design Studio in California. Here’s everything you need to know about the compact electric SUV.
The event started with Elon Musk talking about the history of Tesla and the electric vehicle scenario overall, and how it has grown from a gimmick to one of the most anticipated upcoming tech innovations in a decade. Eleven years ago, the first-gen Tesla Roadster was unveiled. While it was a tremendous feat, most people dismissed it, calling it a toy or a concept. At today’s event, Musk proclaimed, “People said that you can make an electric sports car, but you will never be able to make a luxury sedan, so we did!”, resulting in the Tesla Model S (S for sedan).
Over the next few years, we saw the Tesla Model X and the Model 3 get launched, covering the other price points. Late last year, the Tesla Semi truck was also shown off, as a long range vehicle for shipping companies. After showing the entire current lineup, Musk talked about how difficult 2018 was for them, and added that, “Manufacturing a car is 100x more difficult than designing one.”
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Since all Tesla cars are manufactured in the U.S., this makes them the only American company in over a century to produce their cars in the country. Before the Nevada battery factory, the global battery capacity was 30GWH. Tesla was able to successfully increase that by 50GWH. They even bragged about how big the upcoming Shanghai Gigafactory will be, and how expansive their supercharger network is now. Till date, Tesla has saved over 4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The Tesla Model Y was finally brought on the stage, and it was just like a slightly larger Model 3, in terms of design. It will be able to go from 0 to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds and will have an extremely low centre of gravity due to the battery pack being in the floor of the car. The usable range will be around 300 miles. You can get up to 7 seats, or use the last row as extra cargo space. You also get a panoramic glass roof and the usual slew of Autopilot and Full Self-driving capability.
Panoramic glass roof on Model Y
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 15, 2019
The Tesla Model 3 was rated as the safest car by the U.S. authorities, and since the Model Y is built on the same schematic (they share 75% of the parts), it is expected to be one of the safest cars when it comes.
Tesla #ModelY pricing:
Standard range(230 miles): $39k
Long range(300 miles): $47k
Dual motor AWD(280 miles): $51k
Performance(280 miles): $60k
The standard variant will be delivered starting Spring 2021, while the others will ship starting Fall 2020
— Mashable India (@MashableIndia) March 15, 2019
The Model Y is priced at $39k, for the standard range variant, and goes up to $75k for the 7-seater AWD Performance variant with Full Self-Driving capability.
Musk went out on a limb and even suggested that the pricing could get a little better by the time the car actually begins shipping. They expect this new compact SUV to outsell the Models S, 3 and X combined. “We’re bringing S3XY back, quite literally!”