Tesla just started delivering the first Model Y vehicles to customers in the U.S. — ahead of its initial schedule — and despite global concern regarding the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, reports The Verge.
Tesla's Model Y deliveries
The company tweeted a chic video on Monday showing the small electric SUV assembling through the production process and undergoing tests in various global locales, along with a quick link to the vehicle order page. A handful of first deliveries were also seen over the weekend by a few Tesla-loving YouTubers, including Ben Sullins of Teslanomics.
Initially debuted in March 2019, Tesla's Model Y is the automaker's fifth all-electric vehicle in production. A small SUV assembled on the same technological platform as the Model 3, the two models share roughly 75% of parts. There are a few crucial differences, of course, like a full and motorized rear-hatch door, extra headroom, and even a small third row with two seats poised for "shotgun" status.
The Model 3 was a success for Tesla, but the automaker's CEO Elon Musk said he thinks the Model Y might become an even bigger hit in light of U.S. drivers' (and the world's) preference for increased ride size, height, and functionality of SUVs.
One Model Y, several versions
The Model Y comes in two all-wheel-drive configurations. First is the Long Range version, starting at $52,990, with a range of 508 kilometers (roughly 316 miles), this version can go from 0 to 96.5 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) in 4.8 seconds.
The automaker is also selling a Performance version of the Model Y, starting at $60,990. It can go 507 km (315 miles) on a full charge and make the same 0 to 96.5 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) in 3.5 seconds.
Every version of the Model Y comes with several different options, including Tesla's advanced driver assistance package, Autopilot, various wheel covers, and, of course, paint colors. A third, standard range version of the new Tesla is slated for production in early 2021.