A Tesla Model Y prototype has been spotted being road-tested in the snow in the mountains in California earlier this week.
In March of last year, Tesla unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover based on the Model 3, with up to 300 miles of range.
Over the second half of 2019, Tesla has been conducting some Model Y tests on public roads.
The Model Y prototype sightings ramped up with several different vehicles spotted mainly in California and on the West Coast.
Tesla has been ramping up its tests on public roads, and several more Model Y prototypes have been spotted in testing.
Now Christopher Radoff and his wife even spotted Tesla test a Model Y prototype in the snow going through the Donner Pass in the northern Sierra Nevada range:
Obviously, the footage is not very good since it was in the middle of a snowstorm, but the vehicle clearly appears to be a pre-production Model Y.
Tesla vehicles have proven to perform extremely well in the snow, especially the dual-motor AWD versions of Tesla’s vehicles.
However, Tesla has faced criticism in the past for being a “California company” and not always thinking about living with the vehicle in tougher climates.
Tesla’s Model 3 has faced some issues during its first winter in the north and Tesla recently even started giving out new ‘All-Weather Protection Kit’ for free to owners where the winters are more difficult.
We recently shared a post about preparing your Tesla Model 3 for the winter with good tires, mats, and some tips.
As for the Model Y, CEO Elon Musk said that he expects Tesla to hit volume Model Y production by mid-2020, which means that production would start in the next few months.
We reported yesterday that Tesla Model Y got its CARB certification – hinting at deliveries potentially starting soon.
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