More Tesla Model 3 cars were registered in the United Kingdom in December 2020 than any other auto, marking a major milestone in the growth of the company and of the electric vehicle industry in general. With this in mind, the first batch of entry-level Model Ys and its seven-seat variants would likely start populating United States roads in late January. This will be a single-motor rear-wheel-drive EV, offering a top speed of 135 miles per hour and a 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration of 5.3 seconds.
The Standard Range is capable of driving 244 miles between charges, while the Long Range can go 326 miles.
One reason for the better than expected range might be Tesla's move to single-piece rear casting on the Model Y. According to Elon Musk, this method has decreased the number of parts in the chassis of the vehicle from 70 in Model 3 to a single piece.
Tesla on Friday launched a cheaper Standard Rage version of its successful Model Y that starts from $41,990 (compared to $49,990 for the Long Range model).
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But it wasn't just Tesla who saw increased electric vehicle sales over the past year. And with the 244 miles EPA estimated range, the Tesla CEO might have thought the range is close enough to 250 miles he considers should be the minimum going forward. The next-higher Model Y, the dual-motor Long Range, has all-wheel drive and is $8,000 more expensive.
However, the company has clearly had a change of heart since then as we can now find the Standard Range option for the Model Y. The company mentions that this variant will be delivered in 2 to 5 weeks. It is worth noting that all cars are listed with an estimated EPA range at the time of writing.
The Model Y being a smaller vehicle than the Model X, there had been fears the third row will be too cramped for passengers.
The automaker also added a 7-seat option for the Model Y, which comes at a $3,000 premium. Tesla is yet to release any photos of the seven-seat options, but it likely that little trunk space will remain with the third row in place.