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|Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:13 pm Post subject: Tesla launches the Model Y
|Tesla launches the new Model Y:
Elon Musk has unveiled the new Model Y in Los Angeles which has many of the features as the Model 3 but 10% larger. A long-range version of the vehicle with a range of 482 km will be available from the third quarter 2020 in the USA.
Musk sees the Model Y as an important part of the Tesla plan to reach a wider audience and at the launch stated the new vehicle will eventually outsell both the Model S and Model 3.
In January, the firm announced 3,000 job cuts with Mr Musk saying theat 2018 had been the most challenging in Tesla short history adding that that his models were still too expensive for most people.
Tesla also recently announced it will be a number of its stores but later changed its mind and said it will be keeping significantly more stores open.
Tesla will be raising vehicle prices by about 3% on average worldwide.
The Model Y is an all-electric, mid-size SUV designed for maximum versatility and safety. Model Y will start at US$39,000 for the Standard Range version, and will also come in Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance variants.
Model Y is spacious enough to carry seven adults and their gear and offers leading range, superior performance, and the most advanced technology.
The high-efficiency powertrain and ultra-responsive motors will provide 0-60 mph acceleration in as little as 3.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 150 mph, with excellent handling for any road condition.
Model Y's Standard Battery will have 230 miles of range, while Model Y Long Range will be able to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge.
Inside, Model Yís panoramic glass roof and high seating creates a feeling of spaciousness and offers an expansive view from every seat in the vehicle. The front trunk and split-folding second-row seats provide a total of 66 cubic feet (1.9 cubic meters) of storage space.
Like Model 3, Model Y requires no keys, but instead connects to your smartphone for seamless entry and exit, with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface inside for all of the carís controls. Model Y also connects with the Tesla Mobile app for unique, easy-to-access features like remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.
Model Y is designed to be the safest mid-size SUV. Built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the low center of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones provide unparalleled protection. Its aerodynamic design and leading battery technology also make it highly-efficient in terms of energy usage, meaning you can achieve better range with less energy than other EVs on the market.
Model Y is also compatible with our current Supercharger network of more than 12,000 Superchargers in 36 countries, as well as our new V3 Superchargers which can charge at rates up to 1,000 miles per hour.
Deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2020 for Model Y Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants, and second quarter in 2021 for the US$39,000 Model Y Standard Range.
No announcements on Australian delivery dates or pricing.