Tesla Model Y Overview Updated May 11, 2021

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Tesla Model Y is Tesla’s crossover all-electric vehicle built on the same third-generation platform as the Tesla Model 3.

The vehicle is similar to the Model 3 and features similar options as the Model 3, like the Model S is similar to the Model X.

Tesla unveiled the Model Y on March 15, 2019. Deliveries of the five-seat model began in March 2020.

Tesla is starting to ship Model Y electric SUVs by the truckload out of its factory in California ahead of the start of deliveries in a few weeks.

As we reported last week, Tesla started confirming Model Y deliveries to customers in the US.

The automaker has given some customers deliveries windows between March 15 and 30 — indicating that deliveries will start during the second half of next month.

On Friday, we reported on Tesla being spotted stockpiling some brand-new Model Y SUVs in the parking lot of its factory ahead of the start of deliveries.

Now we are receiving reports that Tesla is shipping those Model Y vehicles out of the factory by the truckload.

Tesla Model Y reviews

Since deliveries are just now taking place, we’ve not had a chance to review the car just yet. Electrek will get access to some early deliveries, so we will have a video and written review as soon as we are able to spend time with it.

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Some early looks are now available that shows more detailed photos, though.

Friend of the site Sterling Picton spotted a Model Y production-intent unit at a Tesla Engineering Building in Fremont and shared a few great pictures with Electrek to get a close look at the fit and finish:

Tesla Model Y price

The Model Y price starts at $52,990 (Long Range model)  in the US. Worldwide pricing will fluctuate for currency conversions and tax incentives. Various upgrade options include the Performance edition (0-60 in 3.5 seconds as opposed to 4.5 seconds in the Long Range).

Additional upgrades include 20-inch induction wheels, Full Self Driving, and the seven-seater upgrade (which is not available until 2021).

If you are looking for general electric vehicle prices, we’ve done the hard work of calling around to various dealerships to find what they are offering. Find the lowest purchase and lease price here on Electrek.

Tesla Model Y specs features

With the seven seat option that is coming in 2021, it will be the first Tesla car that can hold that many people.

One of the key features of the Model Y is its 315-mile EPA range. With this rating, it becomes the most efficient SUV ever. The new range is for both versions of the Model Y currently available to order: the Model Y Long Range Dual Motor and the Model Y Performance.

Tesla model y specs

Compared to the Model 3, the Model Y is:

  • 2.2 inches longer
  • 2.8 inches wider in terms of body width. With mirrors extended, it’s 1.6 inches wider.  With mirrors folded, it’s 1.2 inches wider
  • 7.1 inches taller
  • .6 inch longer wheelbase
  • 1.4 inch more front overhang, .2 inch less rear overhang
  • 1.1 inch higher ground clearance
  • 2.2 inch wider track on base wheels, 2.6/3 inch wider track front/rear on 21″ wheels

In terms of interior dimensions, the Model Y has:

  • .7in/1.7in more headroom front/rear
  • .9in less legroom front, 5.3in more legroom rear
  • Shoulder room virtually unchanged
  • .4in more front/1.8in less rear hip room
  • 53 cubic feet more rated cargo volume (*the big difference is likely due to change in measurement methods between the Model 3’s three-box to the Model Y’s hatchback configuration)

And in terms of weight, the Model Y is:

  • 344lbs heavier (for Long Range AWD configurations)
  • 309lbs higher GVWR (refers to the “loaded” weight of the car), which means…
  • 35lbs lower recommended cargo capacity (886 vs 921lbs, including cargo and occupants)
  • Same weight distribution – 46%/54%
  • Same towing capacity: Zero.  (“Model Y is not equipped with towing.”)

Model Y Tow Hitch

The manual shows the Model Y can have a roof rack, but what about a tow hitch?

The Model Y Owner’s Manual hit the internet as Tesla started Model Y deliveries on Friday.  We found some good new info from the manual, including the promise of a roof rack accessory.  But unfortunately, another highly-anticipated accessory, a tow hitch, isn’t mentioned.

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 11

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 10

As the two youngest electric vehicles to join Tesla’s fleet, the Model 3 and Model Y have quickly helped propel the automaker to a market cap over $600 billion. While both EVs share several of the same parts, they do remain unique from one another in many ways. While not exhaustive, this side by side comparison of Tesla’s Model 3 and its Model Y should help you get a basic idea for how these cars differ…

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 7

Tesla updated its online configurator for Model 3 and Model Y overnight to increase the prices across the lineup.

This is just the latest small price increase in a long series that is starting to add up.

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Tesla Model Y Stories April 22

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y prices have been on a roller coaster so far in 2021 and now they went up again in a new update today.

The cheapest Tesla now starts at $39,000.

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Tesla Model Y Stories April 9

Tesla Model Y Standard Range has received an official EPA rating – making it one of the most efficient cars in the world, but the vehicle’s fate is still unknown.

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Tesla has increased the price of Model 3 and Model Y again in the US – the automaker’s fourth price change in as many months this year.

The price changes also come with a slight interior update.

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Tesla Model Y Stories March 24

Tesla has increased the price of the Model Y electric SUV in China last night after a successful launch in the market.

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Tesla Model Y Stories March 10

Tesla Model Y is already seen as putting pressure on NIO and Xpeng, which mainly sell competing electric SUVs, as Tesla’s latest entry in the Chinese EV market is rapidly ramping up.

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Tesla Model Y Stories February 22

Tesla is apparently still offering the Model Y Standard Range, which has been removed from the online configurator this weekend, as an “off-the-menu” item.

The reason behind the removal is apparently that Elon Musk doesn’t like the range of the electric SUV.

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