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

Tesla Model Y electric car
Price: £51,990
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV (crossover)
Battery size: 75 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 283 - 331 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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.



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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. Tesla commenced Model Y deliveries for the US market in early 2020 (6 months ahead of schedule). 

The Tesla Model Y electric SUV is available in three variants: the entry-level Tesla Model Y, the Model Y Long Range and the Model Y Performance. The entry-level is a rear-wheel drive (RWD), while the other two are offered as dual motor all-wheel drive (AWD).

In terms of pure electric range, neither of the variants disappoint. The entry-level variant has a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 283 miles (WLTP), while the Long Range has a range up to 331 miles (WLTP). The top of the line, Model Y Performance had an e-range up to 319 miles (WLTP).

Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the range for the Model Y is impressive. For the entry level, expect a real-world electric range closer to 240 miles. For the Long Range, a pure electric range up to 285 miles is more realistic. For the Performance, expect an electric range closer to 275 miles. For those new to electric driving, a number of factors impact the EV range. Some of these include: road conditions, speed, weather, payload, passenger load, tyre size, driving profile and more!

Tesla owners benefit from the Tesla Supercharger network. In fact, Tesla owns and operates the largest fast charging network globally (35,000+ globally). Tesla has nearly 700 Superchargers in the UK and the network continue to expand rapidly. Tesla claims that Superchargers can add up to 172 miles of electric range in just 15 minutes. The Superchargers offers a maximum DC charging rate up to 250 kW. For single-phase (7.4 kW) EV charging at home, the EV will take up to 12 hours to fully charge.

We at e-zoomed encourage using a dedicated single-phase residential EV charger like myenergi zappi for charging at home. Though electric cars can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car.

In terms of performance, the entry-level rear-wheel drive Model Y can achieve 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, with a top speed up to 135 mph. The all-wheel drive Tesla Model Y Long Range can achieve 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed up to 135 mph. The top of the line, Tesla Model Y Performance can achieve 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed up to 155 mph. Of course, the Tesla electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The interior of the electric car is designed for minimalism and space. The EV includes a 15 inch touchscreen display and a number of advanced features, either available as standard or an additional option. Some of these include: all-glass roof, 360 degrees rear, side and forward-facing cameras, Tesla Vision (detects nearby cars, helps prevent potential collisions and assists with parking), Tesla Autopilot, summon, smart summon, auto park, auto lane change and more. The EV is practical. The boot size is 854 L. The electric car also has a ‘frunk’ under the bonnet (117 L).

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease the Tesla Model Y electric SUV via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link!


PROS CONS
Good pure electric range Expensive. Cheaper pure electric alternatives available
Fast electric performanceAdditional 3rd row passengers will have very limited headroom given the sloping roofline
Supercharger network/ 250 kW DC charging All-wheel drive not standard on all variants

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


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

Variants (3 Options)
Tesla Model Y (from £51,990)
Tesla Long Range (from £57,990)
Tesla Performance (from £67,990)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 75 kWh
Charging:Up to 250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 36 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1624
Width (mm):1920
Length (mm):4750
Wheelbase (mm):2890
Turning Circle (m):11.8
Boot Volume (L):854

Tesla Model Y
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):283 – 331 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):171
Charging: Up to 250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 36 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Top Speed:135 – 155 mph
0-60 mph:3.5 – 6.6 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)/ 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
Weight (kg):1,909 – 1,995
Colours:5
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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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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