Tesla’s fourth mainstream model Model Y unveiled at the Los Angeles Design Center

Tesla's fourth mainstream model Model Y unveiled at the Los Angeles Design Center

Tesla’s fourth mainstream model, Model Y, was unveiled by its CEO Elon Musk at the Los Angeles Design Center. He confirmed that the cross-border electric vehicle has a range of approximately 480 kilometers under its highest specifications.
The Y model uses the design inspiration of the Model 3 sedan and Model X SUV, with a glass panoramic roof and an optional 7-seater layout. It does not retain the gull-wing doors on the more expensive Model X, but uses pillarless doors such as Model 3 and Model S. The crossover point is 10% larger than Model 3 because it shares the same platform with Model 3 and has a larger span. Accounted for 75% of the components. Musk said that the Model Y has “the functions of an SUV, but it rides like a sports car,” with a low center of gravity and a drag coefficient of 0.23.
The first upcoming version will be a long-distance, dual-motor all-wheel drive and performance model launched in the fall of 2020. The long-distance model will achieve a cruising range of approximately 482km, a top speed of 209kph and a 0-96kph time of 5.5sec, with a starting price of US$47,000 (approximately Rs 32.55 billion). The Dual Motor model starts at US$51,000 (approximately Rs 353.2 million), and its cruising range is slightly lower, although the top speed is 217kph, and the time is 0-96kph, which is 4.8 seconds. The Dual Motor Performance model can also reach a cruising range of 450 kilometers, but the top speed is increased to 241kph, and the 0-96kph sprint time is reduced to 3.5 seconds. It will be sold for US$60,000 (approximately Rs 4.155 million). The standard range version will be available later in the spring of 2021. It is priced at US$39,000 (approximately 2.7 million rupees), has a range of 370 kilometers, a top speed of 164kph, and a 0-96kph speed of 5.9 seconds.
The Y model is compatible with Tesla’s third-generation supercharger and can charge 250kW. The car will be able to recover a driving distance of 120 kilometers in 5 minutes and charge at a maximum speed of 1,609kph. Tesla currently has more than 12,000 superchargers in 36 countries/regions around the world.
Internally, the internal layout of Model Y is similar to Model 3, with only a 15.0-inch touch screen interface, which contains all the controls of the car, and there is no traditional dashboard. It will also include the same autopilot hardware-including autopilot, which can be unlocked and upgraded wirelessly for free when new features are approved by regulatory agencies.
The separately folded second-row seats and front luggage compartment can hold up to 1,800 liters. Compared with a hatchback, the Model 3 has a more convenient tailgate.
Tesla has not yet confirmed where the Model Y will be produced, and the latest reports indicate that it can be produced at the Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. It is said that the production of Model 3 will remain at the company’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California. Chinese cars are expected to be manufactured at Tesla’s Shanghai plant, which is still under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Since the global demand for SUVs is significantly higher than the demand for cars, Model Y may become the key to Tesla. Musk predicts that Tesla will continue to sell more Model Y than Model S, X and 3 units combined. The company opened pre-orders after disclosing the car, with a deposit of US$2,500 (1.73 billion rupees). Model Y cars with seven seats will not be available until 2021.
The company also faces new challenges from European automakers, including Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are preparing to launch their own premium SUVs. Competitors with similar prices, such as Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, offer a smaller range. Tesla recently announced that it would switch to online sales only and plan to close its physical stores, but after strong opposition from customers and employees, it overturned its decision.
After Tesla’s entry-level standard Model 3 went on sale in the United States at a price of US$35,000 (24.24 billion rupees) and the first left-hand drive version of the more expensive Model 3 Performance arrived in Europe, the release of the Model Y was very important. Coming soon.
The company will want to avoid manufacturing issues that plague the Model 3, which has been plagued by production for months after its launch in the North American market. Since then, Tesla has recovered from these early setbacks and is expected to achieve its factory goal of producing 10,000 Model 3 cars per week. It is now the best-selling electric car in the world, with more than 120,000 cars sold last year. Tesla plans to produce 2,000 Model Y cars per week by September 2020.
With the advent of Model Y, Tesla’s remaining projects include a semi truck, light truck and a new Roadster, which is scheduled to hit the road in 2020.
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