Beijing time on the afternoon of January 14, according tomedia reports, Tesla’s Model Y model has been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), for consumers eager to buy this pure electric SUV, this is an important development. Model Y’s urban operating range (UDDS) is 441.91 miles (about 711 kilometers), according to documents posted on the CARB website.
UDDS is mandatory test for light vehicles by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which represents how far an electric vehicle can go on a single charge.
However, it is important to note that UDDS is used only for certification purposes and does not reflect the actual range of the vehicle. In general, the actual life of the vehicle needs to be multiplied by the UDDS number by 0.7, which means that The Model Y’s actual in-city range is approximately 309 miles (about 497 km). Tesla posted on its website that the Model Y high-performance version of the EPA has a 280-mile cruise range. If the Model Y’s actual range could reach 309 miles, it would almost equal the Model 3’s range in terms of range, which has a range of 310 miles per charge. However, while the Model Y shares 75% of the accessories with the Model 3, the SUV’s weight is higher than the sedan,’ which means that if Tesla hadn’t specifically found a way to improve the Model Y, it would have been weaker than the Model 3.
In terms of delivery, Tesla had originally planned to deliver the first Model Y in the fall of 2020, but then they moved ahead of schedule this summer. Of course, there is also speculation in the industry that Model Y’s delivery may have come earlier than this time. A growing number of Model Y test prototypes have also emerged across the U.S. recently, and it seems Tesla is ready to mass produce the model. The prototypes may also mean that Tesla will soon be offering the Model Y to consumers, and if it is brought to market earlier than expected, the car is likely to be a huge hit, as most consumers are now inclined to buy larger SUVs, for Tesla. Y has the potential to give them a huge boost.
Model Y will be produced at Tesla’s plant in Fairmont, but CEO Elon Musk has previously said at a domestic Model 3 delivery event in Shanghai that the company will launch a Model Y production program in China. In addition, after the completion and commissioning of Tesla’s Super Plant 4 in Germany, the plant will also begin production of the Model Y model.
Musk has expressed great confidence in the pure electric crossover market, saying consumer demand for model Y could exceed the combined demand for all other models. Model Y is expected to compete directly with other brands of high-end SUVs, including the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Jaguar I-PACE. It is also likely to take market share from some affordable SUVs, such as Toyota’s Rongrong and Honda’s CR-V.
In terms of price, the high-performance Mode Y is priced at $61,000, while the rear-wheel-drive long-range and dual-motor all-wheel drive versions are priced at $48,000 and $52,000, respectively.