Tesla has officially unveiled the Model Y compact SUV today at an event live from California. The all-new electric car, based on the Model 3, has now been seen for the first time.
Elon Musk unveiled the brand new vehicle from the event live from the Hawethorne design studio, where parts unveilings have been made before. The company CEO detailed how the car came to be and the timeline of the company over the past 10/11 years.
“There was a time when electric cars seemed very stupid. The idea of creating an electric car company was stupidity squared,” he said.
The Tesla Roadster was the first car the manufacturer unveiled on February 2008. Since then the carmaker has made around 550,000 cars. After the Roadster the manufacturer developed the Model S which was done to change the perception of electric cars and make them seem exciting and powerful.
It was fast, practical and radical due to its design, specs, long range and interior with the 17-inch tablet. It is a sedan which can sprint from 0-60mph in around 2.5 seconds.
After the Model S was the Model X which was a larger and more practical SUV variant. After the Model X was the Model 3 which is smaller and more compact but equally impressive. It is also the cheapest car that the firm has produced costing from $35,000.
The carmaker also debuted the next generation Roadster which was debuted at the Semi truck unveiling in 2017. It is a radical new car which can sprint from 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds and has 620-miles of range on a single charge. The Semi truck is a gargantuan HGV which is battery powered, fast and has up to 500-miles of range.
This leads the carmaker on to the Model Y which is an SUV based on the Model 3 in the same way the Model X is based on the Model S.
Its design is largely based on the Model 3, as is much of the rest of the car sharing around 75 per cent of the same parts as the car. Model Y is notably a little bit taller than the Model 3 particularly at the rear of the vehicle.
You’ll notice that the car gets conventional rear doors instead of the Falcon Wing doors of the Model X. Elon Musk stated that the car is expected to be one of the safest vehicles on the road.
He also said that the car will ride like an SUV but drive like a sports car. The car is also expected to race from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. He also said that the car will have up to 300-miles of real-world range when it launches. Inside the car, it will have a panoramic glass roof, up to seven seats and the same spartan interior as the Model 3 featuring the central landscape touchscreen.
It will also have Autopilot functionality allowing semi-autonomous driving. There will be multiple versions of the car. The Standard Range model comes with 230-miles of charge, 120mph top speed, 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and a $39,000 price point. These variants will launch in Spring 2021.
The Long Range Model will have 300-miles of range. 130mph top speed, 5.5 seconds 0-60mph and a $47,000 price. A Dual Motor AWD version has 280-miles of range 135mph top speed, 4.8 second s0-60mph time and a $51,000 price point. A Performance model will have 280-miles of range, 150mph top speed, 3.5 second sprint time and $60,000 cost. All three variants will launch in Fall 2020.
The front trunk and split-folding second-row seats provide a total of 66 cubic feet (1.9 cubic meters) of storage space. Like Model 3, Model Y requires no keys, but instead connects to your smartphone for seamless entry and exit, with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface inside for all of the car’s controls. Model Y also connects with the Tesla Mobile app for unique, easy-to-access features like remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.
“Its aerodynamic design and leading battery technology also make it highly-efficient in terms of energy usage, meaning you can achieve better range with less energy than other EVs on the market,” the car firm stated.
Model Y is also compatible with our current Supercharger network of more than 12,000 Superchargers in 36 countries, as well as our new V3 Superchargers which can charge at rates up to 1,000 miles per hour.