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Tesla Gigafactory 3 in China will look like this when it’s completed

Tesla Gigafactory 3 in China will look like this when it’s completed

If you're interested in placing an order for the Tesla Model Y and are willing to wait until at least late 2020 for one, you can do so by visiting the automaker's online configurator and proceed to build your ideal all-electric crossover. Musk had said in a January conference call that the company would "probably see a higher [sales] volume of the Y than [the Telsa Model 3]".

"The all electric, four door, seven seater, all electric SUV gets refreshed interiors with a panoramic glass roof and a horizontally positioned 15" central touchscreen display unit. The Model Y Dual Motor ($51,000) ups the range to 280 miles, and drops the 0-60 time to 4.8 seconds. Despite that, the Model 3 sedan was the best-selling luxury vehicle of any type in the U.S. a year ago, so expectations are high for the Y. A "standard" version, to be available sometime in 2021, would cost $39 000 (R565 000), with a 370km range.

The design of Model Y resembles a lot to Model 3 - something which CEO Elon Musk had already warned before.

"Because of extreme challenges with the Model 3 production, we have to basically allocate all resources to Model 3 production, because otherwise we're going to die", Musk said with a chuckle, eliciting laughs from the crowd.

It comes after a challenging period for Tesla, with production issues and legal problems for Mr Musk.

Time will tell if this worry has any grounds but it's worth recalling that the Model 3 became the most sold electric vehicle in the world last year: the first full-year of production for the auto.

The US-based automaker claims a zero to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) sprint time of just 3,5 seconds for the fastest derivative, along with a top speed of up to 150 miles per hour (that's 241 km/h).

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The more affordable Model Y will be produced some months later, hopefully not echoing the lag and drama over the $35k Model 3 Standard Range.

Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system is an option for $3,000, and Tesla continues to advertise future full self-driving capability for $5,000.

If you want to get your hands on a Model Y, Tesla is now taking orders. After the Model X was the Model 3 which is smaller and more compact but equally impressive.

The standard model will have a range of 230 miles per charge.

The Y is meant to be the spiritual successor to the Model 3, which went into production in mid-2017.

The Model X - the Y's more expensive sibling - has a starting price of $79,500. The Model-Y has the same "sloping" bumper and grille design as Porsche's cars, despite the fact that Tesla moved away from the European company a while back. This time it was a sport-utility vehicle dubbed the Model Y.

The company began the year with about $11 billion in debt and $3.7 billion in cash, but those figures presumably fell recently when it repaid about $920 million in bonds.


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