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2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y
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The model that will complete the S3XY line up

Were you on the market for a Tesla Model X only to realize that its big size made it cumbersome and its falcon doors weren’t really your cup of tea? Now, Tesla’s offering you the smaller, cheaper, and less flamboyant Model Y. The upcoming cheapest version starts at just $39,000 which is cheaper than your run-of-the-mill Lexus IS 300 and more than 50% off the price of a Model X. The battery package is that on the Model 3 Performance and you’ll be able to go between 230 and 300 miles on one charge depending on the version you choose. As it’s a Tesla, you can be sure it will be spirited, to say the least, and, as with Musk’s other creations, it caught mass manufacturers almost unprepared.

The Tesla Model Y is Tesla’s second volume model, part of the ’tier 3’ lineup alongside the Model 3 compact sedan. It was unveiled on March 14th during what Kirby called a "presentation bereft of all the razzle-dazzle that has become synonymous" with Tesla. This, he argued, is a sign that Tesla itself is becoming a normal, volume manufacturer, moving away from its boutique image it had maintained with the Model S and the Model X that created far more buzz upon release. Still, the event was so lackluster we could condense it all in a four-minute-long video with ease.

This doesn’t mean the Model Y has to be overlooked - quite the opposite. The Model Y has to be a hit bigger than the Model 3 is for Tesla to go on with its plans that include a full-size semi, that could be seen during the Model Y’s presentation, a pick-up truck, and the new Roadster among others. It’s obviously got to do with what Tesla’s rivals do - after all, the cheapest ’Standard’ version won’t begin shipping until 2021 - but Tesla still has the edge on everybody with its mid-size crossover.

 

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Carbon Copy of the Tesla Model Y, But What Does Elon Musk Think?

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Carbon Copy of the Tesla Model Y, But What Does Elon Musk Think?

Believe it or not, Elon Musk actually likes the Mustang Mach-E

Thoughts on the use of the Mustang and Mach names on Ford’s latest electric crossover aside, you have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling package for an all-new model. As a mass-produced, heavily funded, stone-cold competitor to the Tesla Model Y, you would think that Tesla and Elon Musk would be a bit worried about the Mustang Mach-E. On the contrary, though, Musk is actually pleased and “excited” about it.

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Will Panasonic save Tesla Model Y production from the battery cell shortage foreseen by Gigafactory 1?

Will Panasonic save Tesla Model Y production from the battery cell shortage foreseen by Gigafactory 1?

The start of production of the 2020 Tesla Model Y next year will result in a battery cell shortage, according to reports from the Gigafactory 1 factory. Panasonic’s CEO, Kazuhiro Tsuga, wants to discuss the topic with Tesla. For the production of the Model Y, Tesla has yet to declare which factory it will use. Also, Tesla has not confirmed any battery supplier for the production of the Model 3.

Is Tesla relying on a new investment from Panasonic?

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Analyzing the Differences Between the 2020 Tesla Model Y and the 2019 Tesla Model X

Analyzing the Differences Between the 2020 Tesla Model Y and the 2019 Tesla Model X

Taking a deeper dive into the California brand’s utility vehicles

Now that we’ve had an eyeful of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, it’s time to look at it from a more analytical perspective, especially with regards to how it stacks up against the 2019 Tesla Model X. What are the differences between these two all-electric utility vehicles, and why do those differences matter?

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Tesla's Full Self Driving Option is Now More Expensive

Tesla’s Full Self Driving Option is Now More Expensive

How does $8,000 sound?

Elon Musk announced that the price of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) option is going to "substantially" increase over time. It’s still unclear how much the price will go up, but we will know it soon as the first rise of the cost is expected for May 1, 2019. We only know it should be "something like" $3,000," which would bring the option to a total amount of $8,000.

According to the automaker, FSD will soon be able to identify and respond to traffic lights and stop signs and will even drive automatically on city streets. Tesla announced that Autopilot is now a standard feature for some model and trims, but standard Autopilot boosted the car price. Musk also said that starting in a few months it will offer computer retrofits to all owners who purchased the FSD option.

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Ride Hailing, LIDAR, Life Span, And Self-Driving Tech - Tesla Has it All Figured Out

Ride Hailing, LIDAR, Life Span, And Self-Driving Tech - Tesla Has it All Figured Out

Elon Musk describes Tesla’s latest autonomous driving innovations and plans for the future

Tesla is a small automaker compared to the global giants, yet it leads the pack from a technical and technological standpoint in many areas. One such area is in the field of autonomous driving tech, and the automaker recently showcased its newest self-driving tech and how it intends to use them at a special event held at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

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Tesla Adds a New Advanced Tailgater Feature to Autopilot Self-Driving System

Tesla Adds a New Advanced Tailgater Feature to Autopilot Self-Driving System

New Tesla Autopilot mode allows turns your car into an autonomous asshole as you sit back and relax

Tesla is at the forefront of autonomous driving tech in the automotive industry, but competitors are hot on its heels trying to match the broad array of features provided by its Autopilot system. Now the EV maker is consolidating its position as a leader in this field with its newly released Advanced Tailgater mode that will be added for free to all Autopilot-equipped Tesla models via an over-the-air update.

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2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X

2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X

The most practical Teslas go head to head

Now that we’ve had an eyeful of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, it’s time to look at it from a more analytical perspective, especially with regards to how it stacks up against the 2019 Tesla Model X. What are the differences between these two all-electric utility vehicles, and why do those differences matter?

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Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video

Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video

Everything you could possibly want to know about the world’s leading electric car brand

If you went up to me 20 years ago and told me that electric cars would eventually become some of the quickest, sexiest vehicles on the planet, I would have asked what you were smoking and why weren’t you sharing. But oh how things have changed. Now the calendar says it’s 2019, and the appeal of cars like the Tesla Model S is undeniable. With cutting-edge technology, insane levels of torque, and head-turning style, the Tesla brand is a force to be reckoned with. Now, with the recent debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y,Donut Media is diving deep on everything you need to know about Tesla.

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Tesla Model Y versus Polestar 2

Tesla Model Y versus Polestar 2

Finally, two evenly matched EVs we can compare

The scene may have been busy over the past few days, comparing the new Tesla Model Y and the very similar Model 3, calling them too similar, but the fact of the matter is, the new small Tesla crossover has a direct rival. I am, of course, talking about the Polestar 2, itself a strange model that’s neither a sedan nor a crossover - that’s right up the Model Y’s alley. These two cars are direct rivals if we’ve ever seen any, and while their styling may be radically different, they are undoubtedly targeting the same market segment. The Tesla is the more bubble-like of the two, with its strongly arched roofline, but it can seat two more people than the Volvo (in theory, at least), so at least there’s a purpose behind the hunchback design.

In terms of performance and range, the two are very close, at least if we compare the higher-spec Long Range or Dual Motor AWD versions of the Model Y to the Polestar and its single powertrain choice. You will be able to get the Tesla Model Y Performance model that will blow the Polestar 2 clean out of the water with its 3.5-second zero to sixty time, but the other two versions available from launch are comparable.

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Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders

Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders

Tesla’s not making it easy for everyone to place orders for its models

Tesla has put a stay in its decision to raise prices on most of its models worldwide due to what it described as “unusually high volume” on orders being placed on its website. The slight price adjustment was supposed to take effect midnight Pacific Time last Monday, March 18. Now, the price hike will happen midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 20. The decision to raise prices by three percent on some of its models was announced last week after Tesla abruptly reversed course on its plan to close all of its retail stores and focus all sales online. With the deadline fast approaching, it’s gonna be interesting to see if Tesla experiences the same “unusually high volume” when the clock hits midnight Pacific Time today.

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y Debut Was Surprisingly Tame

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Debut Was Surprisingly Tame

No surprise debut of some future model, no crazy new features, nothing unexpected… no fun?

The 2020 Tesla Model Y has arrived, making its grand entrance in a live event broadcast from Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. However, the debut really didn’t bring anything terribly surprising, despite widespread predictions to the contrary. In fact, the whole thing was more like a history lesson than a typical Tesla debut event. But why?

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Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y Are Too Similar For A Reason

Tesla’s obsession with simplistic futuristic design is perhaps best captured in almost terrifyingly similar stature of its two most important cars - the Tesla Model 3 and the recently revealed Tesla Model Y. Unraveled secrets of the new mid-size electric crossover led the world almost unanimously settle on the fact that the new Model Y is essentially an ideal conjugation between the reasonable Model 3 and the lush Model X.

While the design cleverly infiltrates the new mid-size crossover into the world of more expensive coupe-looking propositions on the market, it also resoundingly accepts all the styling cleverness of Tesla’s cheapest model. The Tesla Model Y differs from the Model 3 in what seems to be a few minor details, but it is clear that all of them matter a lot. I explored all the design minutiae between the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla Model X for you, and it becomes clear - the Tesla Model Y is the smartest thing Tesla ever did. And that because almost nothing is entirely new.

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Wall Street is Largely Bearish on The Tesla Model Y

Wall Street is Largely Bearish on The Tesla Model Y

Concerns remains surrounding Tesla even after the Model Y’s launch

The Tesla Model Y finally arrived last week amid much hype and anticipation for Tesla’s latest product. But, just as there are people who were excited about the Model Y’s arrival, there, too, are those who weren’t very impressed by Tesla’s new ride. Count Wall Street in the latter group as Tesla’s shares dropped by almost five percent at the market’s close last Friday, sparking concerns that there remains a lot of questions regarding Tesla’s production future and the prospect of the Model Y competing against the Model 3.

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Did Anyone See Tesla's Pickup Truck Being Teased At The Tesla Model Y Launch?

Did Anyone See Tesla’s Pickup Truck Being Teased At The Tesla Model Y Launch?

Apparently it was the first official teaser that missed everyone’s sight!

Elon Musk is crazy. Elon Musk has no chill. Elon Musk is a frickin’ genius! While the whole world was eagerly watching the Tesla Model Y’s unveil, no one realized that the Model Y actually had company. Musk finally had to pull the bird out of the cage on his own. Elon Musk revealed that when the credits were rolling after the webcast was over, Tesla sneakily pushed in a teaser image of the long-awaited Tesla pickup truck. Did you grab a look of it? Neither did we, until now.

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Is the 2020 Tesla Model Y Just a Model 3 Hatchback?

Is the 2020 Tesla Model Y Just a Model 3 Hatchback?

Finding a category for the latest debut from the world’s leading EV automaker

Tesla just dropped the new 2020 Model Y, completing its S3XY lineup with a compact-crossover complement to its existing Model S midsize sedan, Model X SUV, and Model 3 compact sedan. However, some are questioning whether or not the new Y is truly a crossover, rather than simply a Model 3 hatchback. We take a look and decide for ourselves.

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2020 Tesla Model Y - Quirks and Features

2020 Tesla Model Y - Quirks and Features

Everything Important About The 2020 Tesla Model Y

The most anticipated electric mid-size crossover, the 2020 Tesla Model Y, was finally revealed at the dedicated event in Hawthorne, California, Thursday night. It immediately took the Internet by storm to reinvigorate a whole new variety of potential electric vehicle buyers. With the reveal of the new mid-sized crossover, the most ubiquitous and recognizable Tesla, the Model S, is threatened to lose that imaginary title to the new Tesla Model Y. Elon Musk, who showcased the new Tesla, predicted the Model Y’s demand to be double that of the Tesla Model 3. And that one is the best selling luxury sedan in the U.S.

However, the 2020 Tesla Model Y may not be as revolutionary, or even evolutionary, as some of us have hoped. Despite the Model Y’s clear similarities to the Model 3, the new electric crossover is quite exciting, and I’m here to give you all the astounding facts about it.

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y Represents a Turning Point for The Future of Tesla

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Represents a Turning Point for The Future of Tesla

The Model Y’s debut shows that Tesla has graduated to mainstream brand status

Tesla finally unveiled the Model Y. It was a long time in the making, but now that it’s here, we can start saving up our hard-earned money and wait for the Model Y to arrive so we can pluck down some cash to buy one. But before that time comes — it might take a while because it’s Tesla — there’s something about the Model Y that struck us beyond all the bells and whistles that Tesla is famous for. Like the Model 3, the Model Y didn’t generate the same type of buzz as the Model S and Model X did when they made their respective debuts. This isn’t an indictment on the Model 3 and Model Y. It’s a realization that Tesla has become more than just a boutique brand with ambitious promises of game-changing technologies. It’s become a mainstream brand.

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In Case You Missed it, Here's The Full Debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y

In Case You Missed it, Here’s The Full Debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y

We have a shortened version that last just four minutes!

At this point, you probably already know that the 2020 Tesla Model Y has been revealed. Some have praised it for being what it is while others have been disappointed by the fact that it’s more of a Model 3 hatchback than a true-to-life crossover. Be that as it may, Elon Musk chose a weird time to show off the Model Y, with the event kicking off at 8pm PDT, meaning a good portion of the world was in dreamland when the event took place. If that’s where you were and you don’t feel like sifting through potentially thousands of videos on Youtube, we’ve put together two videos just for you. The first video that you’ll see below is the full video of the Model Y’s launch – it runs nearly 34 minutes with the debut taking place right around the 27-minute mark. If you watch from the beginning, you’ll get a cool history lesson, but that’s about it. Of course, if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time, then you might want to check out the second video that’s posted below. We’ve broken the debut down into less than four minutes so you can watch the whole thing without wasting any significant time of your life. Go ahead and check them out below!

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Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000

Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000

0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 300 miles of range!

Tesla has unveiled the final entry in its S3XY all-electric lineup - the 2020 Model Y! Revealed in a live stream event broadcast from Hawthorne, California, the Model Y offers impressive performance and surprising practicality, including a top speed up to 150 mph and optional seating for seven. Read on for all the early specs.

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y Is About to Debut, Watch It Live With Us!

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Is About to Debut, Watch It Live With Us!

We’re covering the big reveal right here as it happens

There seems to be no shortage of controversy and scandal surrounding Tesla these days. But honestly, at this point that’s just par for the course. So, rather than pumping the brakes, it’s full speed ahead with yet another debut. Say hello to the 2020 Tesla Model Y, a more-affordable compact crossover that looks to bring all-electric practicality to the masses.

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The 2020 Tesla Model Y Might Help to Introduce New Battery Technology

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Might Help to Introduce New Battery Technology

Are quicker charge times and more range on the horizon?

Without a doubt, the biggest hurdle to widespread EV adoption is the current battery technology standard, specifically range-per-charge and the time it takes to top off at the plug. At the end of the day, cars are all about convenience, and if it takes too long to get from A to B, it doesn’t really matter how good a car looks or how quick it’ll hit 60 mph. For now, Tesla’s Supercharger system will provide 170 miles in about 30 minutes - not bad for an EV, but nowhere near the kind of miles-per-minute you get with internal combustion and a gas pump. Electric vehicle battery technology needs a level up, and the debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y could provide a perfect opportunity for exactly that.

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What Kind of Performance Can We Expect From the 2020 Tesla Model Y?

What Kind of Performance Can We Expect From the 2020 Tesla Model Y?

Will Tesla offer a sportier version of the crossover in the same vein as the Model 3 Performance?

The 2020 Tesla Model Y is close to making its big debut, but before it does, let’s take a moment to speculate on what it’ll offer in terms of range, output, handling, and acceleration!

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If the 2020 Tesla Model Y Is a Success, How Will Tesla Handle Production?

If the 2020 Tesla Model Y Is a Success, How Will Tesla Handle Production?

And where does the Y leave Model 3 buyers?

When Tesla debuted the Model 3 compact sedan back in 2016, it managed to accumulate some 400,000 pre-orders in just a matter of weeks. And while most automakers would salivate at the mere thought of generating that kind of demand, Tesla struggled to ramp up production to fill all those orders. Now, with the imminent arrival of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, the brand’s new high-volume compact crossover, it looks as though Tesla might have a much easier time keeping its promises.

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Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

Are the robot chauffeurs imminent?

The debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y is just around the corner, and while we’re still waiting on all the official specs, there’s no doubt it’ll come with the very latest technology the California-based automaker can muster. Chief among these should be an array of advanced autonomous drive features.

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What Else Will Elon Musk Surprise Us With at the Model Y Debut

What Else Will Elon Musk Surprise Us With at the Model Y Debut

More details about the Tesla Pickup and Tesla Semi could be in order later this week

The top story this week is the highly anticipated arrival of the Tesla Model Y crossover. That happens at the automaker’s L.A. Design Studio on Thursday, March 14. Expect news feeds from all over the Internet to be about the upcoming Model Y. But if you know Tesla, specifically CEO Elon Musk, the Model Y’s debut won’t be the only thing we’ll be talking about in the coming days. Musk has made a habit of using dedicated Tesla events as platforms for unexpected surprises. We don’t expect anything to be different when the Model Y finally takes center stage in its own debut. The question, though, is what kind of surprise does Musk have up its sleeve? Well, we have a few ideas in mind, one of which involves Tesla’s plans for its future commercial vehicles.

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Everything We Know About the 2020 Tesla Model Y

Everything We Know About the 2020 Tesla Model Y

The crossover-version of the Model 3 is all-set to take center-stage and hog the limelight from its siblings!

The American company that created a furor many years back by launching desirable electric vehicles will finally be completing its S3XY range with the launch of the Model Y on the 14th of March. The budget electric crossover will be slotted between the Model 3 and the Model S and will most likely go on to become the startup’s best-selling car ever. But, what exactly do we know about it thus far?

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10 Reasons Why the Tesla Model Y Will Succeed

10 Reasons Why the Tesla Model Y Will Succeed

From new tech to affordable pricing, the Model Y has the potential to become Tesla’s most successful model yet

Tesla is about to welcome its newest member to the family when the Model Y makes its long-awaited debut this week at the company’s L.A. design studio. The Model Y’s arrival adds another model to Tesla’s growing lineup of electric cars. The crossover is expected to slot between the entry-level Model 3 and the larger, more expensive Model S and Model X. Detailed specs will be revealed during the debut, but this early, there’s already growing buzz that the Model Y could turn into Tesla’s most popular model so far. That’s what happens when you’re a crossover that’s tipped to fetch a rather inexpensive price tag. For a number of reasons, the Tesla Model Y has the makings of a successful new offering for Tesla. Let’s take a look at some of those reasons.

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Tesla's Trolling Skills are Once Again On-Point with Secret Message Inside Model Y Invitation Teaser

Tesla’s Trolling Skills are Once Again On-Point with Secret Message Inside Model Y Invitation Teaser

We tried to do what everyone else did, and we got the same message like everyone else did

The highly anticipated Tesla Model Y is scheduled to make its début this Thursday, March 14. But before Tesla pulls the covers off of the crossover, it’s going to have fun at everyone’s expense. Tesla is a troll among trolls, and it proved its worth yet again by hiding a secret message in the event invitation teaser for the Model Y. This isn’t the first time Tesla has dabbled into inserting random teaser eggs in the most obscure of locations, but this one hits a little close to home, especially to those like us who are always looking to see more than we should when it comes to shadowy teaser images. Well played, Tesla. Well played.

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What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More

What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More

2019 is going to be quite the busy year for the EV manufacturer

Tesla is set to expand its operation further in 2019, building on 2018, a year when the automaker’s main goal was to ramp up production of the Model 3, while at the same time addressing the many quality issues new owners were reporting. Model 3 production is still not at the level Tesla would want (neither in terms of quantity or quality), but in 2019 it looks like there is a lot more on its plate.

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2021 Tesla Model Y Reconfirmed with Production to Start in 2020

2021 Tesla Model Y Reconfirmed with Production to Start in 2020

The prototype has been approved by Musk, and the production might begin in 2020

Elon Musk has let out a few details regarding the Model Y at Tesla’s third-quarter earnings call earlier this week. According to The Drive, Musk recently approved the production of a prototype of the Model Y, and that the company is targeting volume production in 2020. There’s no word on an official debut, however, previous tweets indicate "late this year to mid next year."

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Elon Musk Teases the Tesla Model Y; Mentions a Compact Hatchback in the Near Future

Elon Musk Teases the Tesla Model Y; Mentions a Compact Hatchback in the Near Future

Electric car maker could even more on its plate than it already has

Tesla has just finished its annual shareholder meeting, and two of the biggest takeaways involve the announcement of the Model Y crossover and the teasing of a compact car that could be built in the next five years. Without jumping to any specifics, Musk responded to a question about compact cars by saying that the electric car maker will have its own “in less than five years.” The company’s goal, it seems, is to have a car that can compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the rest of the hatchback segment.

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Elon Musk Reveals March 15 as Potential Debut Date for Tesla Model Y

Elon Musk Reveals March 15 as Potential Debut Date for Tesla Model Y

Yeah… probably best to take this with a grain of salt.

Elon Musk’s Twitter account has led to some pretty outrageous things. Of course, he’s made some pretty crazy claims too, but a lot of them come to life. Think about the Tesla Roadster floating through space or The Boring Company’s flame gun, for example. All seemed unbelievable and yet they really happened. Now, Musk is on Twitter again, this time with the claim that the Model Y will debut on March 15. Well, then he said it’s made up, but March sounds good. And, then said to consider it real and that March 15th is “about right.”

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Tesla Teases Model Y In Fast-Paced Video

Tesla Teases Model Y In Fast-Paced Video

Ultra-polished promo clip leaves us wanting more

It seems like every other day arrives with some big news about Tesla and its incorrigible CEO, Elon Musk. The latest is the release of a sub-two-minute video showing off the California automaker’s various products in the making and on the road, and it includes a brief glimpse of what can only be a rough Model Y prototype.

Continue reading for the full story.

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In the Midst of Model 3 Woes, Tesla Looks for Parts Suppliers for the Model Y; Hopes to Start Production in November 2019

In the Midst of Model 3 Woes, Tesla Looks for Parts Suppliers for the Model Y; Hopes to Start Production in November 2019

We hope Elon knows what he’s doing

As per a report from Reuters, Tesla is planning to commence the production of its new crossover - Model Y - by November 2019. Reports also suggest that CEO Elon Musk is accepting preliminary bids for supplier contracts on the Model Y. This comes amidst news of continues Model 3 struggles.

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The Tesla Model Y Will Make its Debut Much Sooner Than Expected

The Tesla Model Y Will Make its Debut Much Sooner Than Expected

Sometimes an ambitious man has to listen to those around him...

Now that the Tesla Model 3 is officially rolling off of the line and the first 30 owners have taken delivery, it’s time to turn our attention to something else – the Tesla Model Y. It’s not only the model that will complete the S3XY lineup that Elon Musk has boasted about for so long, but also promises to be an affordable all-electric crossover for those who can’t necessarily afford the larger Model X. Up until now, the plan was for the Model Y to be built on an entirely new platform that would make it different from every other vehicle in Tesla’s lineup and it would also ditch the 12-volt battery architecture in an attempt to simplify the production process (no 12-volt system means less wiring to install by hand.) But, as it usually goes with the automotive industry, things can change overnight, and during Musk’s August 2nd earnings call, he admitted that he was being overly ambitious and would, indeed, bring the Model Y to market faster by using the same architecture as that of the Model 3.

Obviously, by deciding to use the same underpinnings as the Model 3, Tesla will cut back on its research and development costs and time spent considerably. And, that smaller crossover that was originally slated for production in late 2019 or early 2020 could, potentially, go into production by mid-to-late 2018 if things go well. It’s still quite possible that the Model Y will ditch that 12-volt system, which would make it the first Tesla model to do so, and rumor even has it that it might get those falcon-wing doors from the Model X. In the first half of 2017, Tesla managed to ship 47,000 vehicles, which isn’t bad but is still a far cry from meeting Musk’s goal of delivering 1 million cars by 2020. As such, the Model Y – and the Model 3, for that matter – are absolutely paramount to hitting that goal. If the Model Y can make it into production faster by borrowing DNA from the new Model 3, it will give Tesla a much better position to meet that extremely ambitious goal.

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2020 Tesla Model Y

2020 Tesla Model Y

The model that will complete the S3XY line up

Were you on the market for a Tesla Model X only to realize that its big size made it cumbersome and its falcon doors weren’t really your cup of tea? Now, Tesla’s offering you the smaller, cheaper, and less flamboyant Model Y. The upcoming cheapest version starts at just $39,000 which is cheaper than your run-of-the-mill Lexus IS 300 and more than 50% off the price of a Model X. The battery package is that on the Model 3 Performance and you’ll be able to go between 230 and 300 miles on one charge depending on the version you choose. As it’s a Tesla, you can be sure it will be spirited, to say the least, and, as with Musk’s other creations, it caught mass manufacturers almost unprepared.

The Tesla Model Y is Tesla’s second volume model, part of the ’tier 3’ lineup alongside the Model 3 compact sedan. It was unveiled on March 14th during what Kirby called a "presentation bereft of all the razzle-dazzle that has become synonymous" with Tesla. This, he argued, is a sign that Tesla itself is becoming a normal, volume manufacturer, moving away from its boutique image it had maintained with the Model S and the Model X that created far more buzz upon release. Still, the event was so lackluster we could condense it all in a four-minute-long video with ease.

This doesn’t mean the Model Y has to be overlooked - quite the opposite. The Model Y has to be a hit bigger than the Model 3 is for Tesla to go on with its plans that include a full-size semi, that could be seen during the Model Y’s presentation, a pick-up truck, and the new Roadster among others. It’s obviously got to do with what Tesla’s rivals do - after all, the cheapest ’Standard’ version won’t begin shipping until 2021 - but Tesla still has the edge on everybody with its mid-size crossover.

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