The center console has designated spaces to put your phone down, key card, or any other small objects. Wood trim and leather can be seen throughout the dash and door panels, adding a touch of luxury.
Like the Model 3, the Model Y will be unlocked and turned on with your phone or designated key card. Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability packages will be available for an extra cost (as with the Model 3).
There’s no doubt the EV game has drastically changed over the last two years. Hyundai‘s Kona Electric, which starts at $37,495 and has a range of 258 miles, is causing a lot of buzz in the market, and Kia will have the Niro EV and Soul EV with 239 and 243 miles of range, respectively. The Chevrolet Bolt EV, our 2017 Car of the Year, has a range of 238 miles and a starting price of $37,495. On the luxury side, the Jaguar I-Pace has a range of 234 miles, and we expect Audi‘s upcoming E-Tron to have a range between 210 and 225 miles. The biggest difference, however, is that Tesla is running out of the $7,500 federal tax credits, which are gradually being phased out for new Tesla models because the company hit the 200,000 vehicle limit in July. Currently, all Teslas can get a $3,750 federal tax credit, but that will drop to $1,875 on July 1, and by the end of this year, Tesla owners won’t receive any federal tax credits at all.
We hope Tesla has learned from its “production hell” mistakes and doesn’t run into as many issues as with the production of the Model 3. Musk said the Model Y is designed to be the safest midsize SUV.
With the Model Y being written in the books, Tesla will start to focus on future models. Musk said in the past that a pickup truck is in the plans, and last year it showed the Roadster and Semi. With competition from Rivian with its upcoming electric R1T truck, it seems likely that Tesla‘s next new model could be the pickup. The Model S and Model X could also get a refresh soon, especially inside, where they could adopt a cleaner look similar to the Model 3 and Model Y.