Tesla Model Y is a battery electric compact luxury crossover SUV manufactured by Tesla, Inc. Production commenced at the Tesla Fremont plant in California in January 2020, and the first deliveries were made in March 2020.
The Tesla Model Y is based on the Tesla Model 3 sedan platform, and shares around 75% of its parts with it, including the electric powertrain. The main idea with the Model Y was to create a Tesla that was cheaper and smaller than the mid-sized Tesla Model X.
The standard Model Y seats five, but Tesla has been shipping optional seven-passenger seating cars since 2021. To get seven-passenger seating, you need to select the third-row seat option when ordering the car.
Where is the Tesla Model Y assembled?
Currently, assembly is taking place in four different locations:
- The Fremont Factory in Fremont, California, USA
- The Gigafactory Texas in Austin, Texas, USA
- The Gigafactory Shanghai in Shanghai, China
- The Gigafactory Berlin-Bradenburg in Grünheide (Mark) in Brandenburg, Germany
Short facts about the Tesla Model Y
Manufacturer: Tesla, Inc.
Production: 2020 – present
Class: Compact luxury crossover SUV
Body style: 5-door SUV
Layout: Rear-motor with rear-wheel drive OR dual-motor with all-wheel drive (AWD models)
Electric motor: Permanent Magnet Synchronous Reluctance Motor
Battery: 75 kWh lithium ion
Wheelbase: 113.8 in (2,891 mm)
Length: 187 in (4,750 mm)
Width: 75.6 in (1,920 mm)
Height: 63.9 in (1,623 mm)
- Standard Range RWD: 3,920 lb (1,780 kg)
- Long Range AWD: 4,416 lb (2,003 kg)
- Performance AWD: 4,416 lb (2,003 kg)
- 303 mi (488 km) Performance (EPA-rated)
- 326 mi (525 km) Long Range AWD (EPA-rated)
- 244 mi (393 km) Standard Range (EPA-rated)
Originally, four different powertrain configurations were planned for the Tesla Model Y:
- Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
- Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive
- Long Range with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
- Performance (with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive)
Since then, several changes have occurred back and forth, so if you are interested in pre-ordering a Tesla Model Y, make sure you double-check which configurations that are currently available. The Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) was for instance cancelled in July 2020, because the capacity was just 230 miles EPA range, and then it appeared again later with a new 244 miles EPA range. Also, in December 2021, Tesla notified those who had pre-ordered the Long Range RWD that this configuration was no longer available.
Tesla Motors filed to trade mark “Model Y” in 2013, and in 2015 a car with falcon-wing doors was used by Elon Musk to get attention for the upcoming new model. In June 2017, Tesla shareholders got to see the proposed silhouette for the Model Y at the Tesla annual general meeting. It would take until the following year before the silhouette was revealed to the public.
Elon Musk premieered the Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, CA, on March 14, 2019.
The first deliveries of the Model Y took place on March 13, 2020.