The All-Electric Tesla Model Y SUV: The Complete Guide

Tesla Model Y electric car

Overview


Tesla Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors Inc.) was founded by American engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003. They named the Palo Alto based company, Tesla, as a tribute to the engineer Nikola Tesla.  In fact, Elon Musk (Co-Founder, Tesla) become involved with the company post the founding of Tesla Motors. He was the lead  investor in the 2004  Series A investment round.

In 2008, Tesla unveiled its first zero-emission electric vehicle (EV), the all-electric Roadster.  As they say, the rest is history. Tesla, Inc is a publicly listed company and has a market value higher than any other automotive manufacturer. Elon Musk is also ranked as one of the richest individuals in the world. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is ranked second with a net worth of US$187 billion.

Tesla has the following battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models either in production or in development. In 2020, the EV company surpassed a production volume of 1 million plug-in electric cars.

Tesla also sells battery energy storage, solar panels, solar roof and other EV charging related equipment and accessories. Tesla also owns and operates a vast network of Tesla Superchargers (20,000+ across more than 4,500 locations).



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The All-Electric Tesla Model Y


The Model Y is a Tesla Model 3 based crossover with inspiration also taken from the Tesla Model X SUV.  However the Model Y does not have the iconic ‘falcon wing doors’ used in the Model X. The Model Y has been developed to further increase the ‘mass market appeal’ of Tesla pure electric cars.  A strategy very similar to the successful Tesla Model 3.  However, unlike the Model 3, the Model Y has room for up to seven adults with an optional third row.  The extra seats are an additional cost. 

The battery electric vehicle (BEV) is packed with technology, to include, 12 sensors to detect nearby vehicles, a 160 m forward facing radar for a long-range view of distant objects and 360 degrees cameras to provide maximum visibility. The Model Y has ‘Full Self-Driving’ capability (option priced at US$ 10,000 in the US and EUR 7,500 in Italy).  The Model Y will compete head-on with the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV and also with the award winning Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV

Tesla commenced Model Y deliveries for the US market in early 2020 (6 months ahead of schedule).  Deliveries for the UK were slated for end 2020, however, this has now been moved to later in 2021 or potentially even 2022. There are currently two trim options, but a third option is expected in due course.   

Tesla Model Y electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model Y (credit:Tesla)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (2 Options)
Long Range (UK prices yet to be disclosed. Priced at US$ 43,190 for the US market)
Performance (prices yet to be disclosed. Priced at US$ 53,190 for the US market)

PROSCONS
Better priced than a Tesla Model XExpensive. Cheaper pure electric alternatives available
Fast electric performanceadditional 3rd row passengers will have very limited headroom given the sloping roofline
Good EV battery range and Supercharger networkFull Self-Driving option not cheap

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (75 kWh)
Charging:250 kW rapid charging standard. On-board charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 120,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1624
Width (mm):1920
Length (mm):4750
Wheelbase (mm):2890

Tesla Model Y Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):326 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):171
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:135 mph
0-60 mph:4.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):258
Max Power (PS):351
Torque (Nm):527
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5 (additional row option up to 7)
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):2,003
Colours:5

Tesla Model Y Performance
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):303 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):177
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:155 mph
0-60 mph:3.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):340
Max Power (PS):462
Torque (Nm):639
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5 (additional row option up to 7)
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):2,003
Colours:5

Tesla Model Y electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model Y (credit:Tesla)

Tesla Model Y electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model Y (credit:Tesla)

Tesla Model Y electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model Y (credit:Tesla)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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