The All-Electric Tesla Model Y: All You Need To Know In Under 2 Minutes

Tesla Model Y electric car

As Tesla Continues Its Quest For Market Dominance, Latest Updates Suggest That Tesla, Inc. May Commence Deliveries Of The Model Y Six Months Earlier! 


  • The Tesla Model Y, an all-electric compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV) was unveiled by Tesla earlier this year in March 2019 (pre-production model).  The unveiling of the Tesla Model Y was a very quiet affair in comparison to the recent press hysteria over the unveiling of the all-electric Tesla Cybertruck.
  • The Model Y is a Tesla Model 3 based crossover with inspiration also taken from the Tesla Model X SUV.  However the Model Y will 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 will have room for up to seven adults with an optional third row.  The extra seats will reportedly cost an additional US$ 3,000 and will not be available immediately. 
Tesla Model Y electric car
Tesla Model Y (credit: Tesla)
  • The Tesla Model Y will be available in three variants: Performance, Long Range AWD and Long Range RWD.  The Performance variant achieves 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, the Long Range AWD in 4.8 seconds and the Long Range RWD in 5.5 seconds.  In comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Performance model can accelerate 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.  
  • The Model Y Performance variant has a 298 miles (WLTP) zero-emission range.  The Model Y Long Range AWD and Model Y Long Range RWD have a WLTP range of 314 miles and 336 miles respectively.  In comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD has a range of 348 miles (WLTP).
  • The Performance variant has a top speed of 150 mph, the Long Range AWD: 135 mph and the Long Range RWD: 130 mph. 
  • 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.  
  • The interior will include 12-way power adjustable front and rear heated seats, satellite-view maps with live traffic visualization and navigation, in-car internet streaming music and media among other features. 
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
  • The Model Y is being manufactured at the Tesla Fremont, California production facilities. However, the electric car manufacturer will also build the Model Y in Shanghai, China. 
  • A number of Tesla Model Y vehicles have been spotted testing on US roads.  Delivery dates so far have been set for autumn 2020, however, there maybe potential for earlier deliveries in summer 2020.  Some Taiwanese newspapers have suggested that Tesla has informed local suppliers to produce parts six months earlier than original plans. 
  • Elon Musk, the co-founder of  Tesla Inc. believes the Model Y has the potential to outsell the Model 3, Model S and Model X combined.  The Model Y is expected to be priced from US$ 48,200. 

The ‘Performance’ Variant   


  • Drive: all-wheel drive 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 298 miles 
  • Top speed: 150 mph 

The ‘Long Range AWD’ Variant   


  • Drive: all-wheel drive 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 314 miles 
  • Top speed: 135 mph 

The ‘Long Range RWD’ Variant   


  • Drive: rear-wheel drive 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 336 miles 
  • Top speed: 130 mph 

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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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