Model y

The Model Y comes in two main configurations, both of which are all-wheel drive. The Long Range, which starts at $49,990 and offers 316 miles of range, and the Performance, which starts at $59,990 and offers 291 miles of range. The Model Y is bigger, heavier, and less aerodynamic than the Model 3 so it's a little bit slower.

If you're a Model Y owner, check out our list of top accessories for the Model Y. To learn more about Tesla's Model Y, visit their website here.

Pictures of Model Y

Model Y at the Shareholders event

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Top accessories for your Model Y

September 10, 2020

If you’ve just got delivery of your Model Y and are looking for some of the best accessories to consider buying, you’ve reached the right place. Also, congratulations on your new Model Y! The following are products that we recommend because we really like them.

Model Y tow hitch options

July 6, 2020

You're a Model Y owner and are considering a tow hitch for carrying bikes, camping gear, coolers, snow equipment, and even towing a trailer. Should you go with the $300 aftermarket option or with Tesla's $1,000 package? Learn more about both.

Model Y deliveries

January 29, 2020

UPDATE: It's been a couple of weeks since Tesla started sending out delivery confirmation emails to Model y reservation holders (both with Performance and LR AWD configurations). No dates have been shared yet for the first deliveries, but Model Ys have already been spotted on the road.

Tesla Shareholders Meeting 2019

June 12, 2019

Last Tuesday I was able to attend the Tesla Shareholders Meeting for the first time. It was an incredible experience and I feel blessed I got to meet so many great folks in real life.

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Past Tesletter articles

2021 Cars.com American-Made Index: Which Cars Are the Most American?

In this year’s list, Model 3 is #1 and Model Y #3. Not bad for a car that a lot of Americans don’t even think is made in the USA.

From issue #170

2021 vs 2020 Model Y road and wind noise

Is the double-paned window Model Y quieter than the 2020 model? I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference but here’s a great comparison by our friends at EveryAmp and their conclusion is there is actually some noticeable difference. Judge by yourself. In our case, we don’t feel our Y noisier than our previous Model S.

From issue #154

[Pics] Model Y computer upgrades

Greentheonly has been tinkering with a Model Y computer and shared on Twitter that it’s actually different than the Model 3. For example, the autopilot-infotainment link got upgraded to 1GB from 100mbps. Some pretty in-depth details being discussed in this Reddit thread.

From issue #108

[Pics] Tesla Model Y vs Model S heated seats: Thermal imaging temperature test

DAErik, a well known Tesla Youtuber who owns a Model Y and a Model S, has used a FLIR thermal camera to check out the differences between the Model Y and the Model S in-heat heater’s layout:

  • The Model Y front seats reached temperatures consistently throughout the seats while the Model S the backrest warmers reached lower temperatures than the ‘but warmers’
  • The Model Y back middle seat doesn’t have full heating, the Model S does

Ok, the first one explains a lot… 😂

From issue #108

[Rumor] Model Y with more range might be coming in 2021

@greentheonly has shared on Twitter that the 2020.44.15 firmware reveals that the Model Y is also getting a new efficiency package in 2021 and that might mean the Model Y 2021 may also come with more range.

From issue #139

[Video] Model Y review by Edmunds

Model Y AWD Performance with 21" wheels review by Edmunds' Carlos Lago: “A taller, more accommodating, and powerful version of the Model 3.”

From issue #107

[Video] Model Y Teardown: Front of the Vehicle (New Aeroshield, Crash Safety Design)

Aeroshields between the Model Y and Model 3 comparison, hood alignment, and more detail on engine bay rail reinforcements catered toward Small Offset Rigid Barrier (SORB) impact testing.

From issue #106

[Video] Sandy Munro talks about the Model Y Octovalve and the Heat Pump system

What are the Octovalve and Heat Pump components of a Model Y? What functions do they perform?

From issue #111

A more affordable Model Y?

Tesla might be close to making the Model Y decidedly more affordable. Electrek sources claim the automaker has begun trial production of a Model Y RWD LR version that would lower the price compared to the AWD models. Production trial is one of the last steps toward bringing a new version of a vehicle to market.

From issue #123

About the new, thicker, Model Y glass

By this point, we know the new Model Y came with thicker glass to help reduce noise. According to Tony (@tonytesla4life), creator of The Bandit, the newer Model Y (12/22/2020) comes with laminated glass- not a double plane- and it is approximately .04" thicker than the previous version.

From issue #144

Battery degradation: Effects of temperature on battery (Model 3/Y)

Interested in real-world data to determine the impact of the temperature in battery degradation? This is your video. As you will see, the improvements introduced in the Model Y 2020 are great and battery degradation in this car is even less than in previous Model 3 models. Shoutout to @teslagong and @kkvr2823 for this new YouTube series.

From issue #137

Ben sat on a Model Y

Twitter user macbentosh was able to sit on a Model Y, here are his observations:

  • Rear seats collapsed with buttons on the left side
  • Rear seats appeared to slide forwards and back
  • Headspace is 1-2” less than the X
  • The second room as wide as a Model S

Read more: Twitter

From issue #95

Berlin model Y with structural pack and 4680s

In the recent Giga Berlin tour, people were able to see the structural pack with the new batteries 4680s in a Model Y.

From issue #185

Blue Tesla Model Y walks around, glimpse at the 3rd-row seats

The 3rd row in the video looks tiny, we’ve reserved a Model Y with a 3rd row this would work for us since we only need it to occasionally transport a kid or two. From the video it doesn’t seem like the 3rd-row seats would be able to comfortably fit an adult. What do you think?

From issue #88

Changes in the Model Y configurator

Two big changes this week:

  • The Model Y SR disappeared from the configurator after having been available for only a few weeks. Elon said on Twitter that it is available off-menu, but he also mentioned that the range (244 miles) doesn’t meet Tesla’s standard of excellence. As a person with a Model S 75 with 230 miles of range, I personally want something with 300+ miles of range as my next EV. Not that I need it regularly but it’s going to be really convenient when traveling.
  • The Model Y LR AWD price went down $1K to $48,990 before incentives.

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From issue #152

Congratulations Tesla team on making the 1 millionth car

It took Tesla 12 years to produce 1,000,000 cars (1st Roadster was built in 2008) but is going to take them less than 2 years to produce the second million. 👏💪🙌

Read more: Twitter

From issue #102

Details about Model Y

Unannounced details about the upcoming Model Y from a little birdie:

  • AWD only
  • $35-$40k base price
  • 250+ mile base model
  • Autopilot HW 3.5 (with the possibility of a Tesla-designed Radar system, more cameras than current AP, no LIDAR)
  • L4 FSD-ready from launch

Still some risk these change, but apparently these are the engineering targets.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #41

Drag Race: Putting Tesla's acceleration boost to the test

New(ish) Model 3s and Model Ys can get faster via software updates 🤯🤯. Here is a video comparing two Model Ys, one with and one without the acceleration boost. I didn’t know that after purchasing the boost the labels in the acceleration options change to chill and sport, cool!

From issue #155

Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 and Model Y do not have plans for an air suspension

Earlier this week we got news that Tesla leaked a new air suspension coming for the Model 3. Soon after, Elon Musk denied the news and said on Twitter that only the Model S/X and Cybertruck have/will have air suspension.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #98

Elon talks about a possible 'radical redesign of the Model Y in Berlin'

A few days ago, Elon Musk visited the Giga Berlin and, amongst other things, he shared that the Model Y made in Berlin won’t simply be a copy of the one made in the US or in China but instead, “it will be a radical redesign of the core technology of building a car”. More info is going to be revealed at the Battery Day (Sep. 22nd). I wonder if we’ll see a European Model Y slightly smaller than the US one. I think even though the Model Y is smaller than the Model X, it’s still a tad big for the European market.

From issue #128

Fastest SUV in the world

FromWhereICharge’ took Unplugged Performance’s Model Y for a spin and broke the old lap record at Buttonwillow Raceway by 2 secs with a 1:59.9. Well done!

From issue #130

First look at Tesla Model Y power liftgate in action

As a Model S owner with power liftgate, I’m really pleased to see the Model Y comes with this feature. Believe it or not, thanks to this video I discovered that I can adjust the height of my powered liftgate 😊. Very cool that you can set the height to anything you like!

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #103

First look at the Model Y HEPA filter for Bioweapon Defense Mode

More updates coming to the Model Y? Maybe, here is the first look at the Hepa filter in a MIC Model Y with Bioweapon Defense Mode. Living in a place that suffers from wildfires every year, this is great news!

From issue #145

First Model Y delivery in Canada

The Model Y was delivered on Jun 6th, a deep blue metallic Performance version (without the added Performance Upgrade) in Vancouver. It seems like more and more Model Y reservation holders in Canada are being contacted by Tesla asking for registration, trade-in, and payment details. We’re keeping our 🤞f or you!

Read more: TeslaNorth

From issue #115

Fremont made 17 Model Ys with 4680 Tech

According to Twitter user @bburnworth, Tesla has been making the 4680 cells for many months and now they are ramping up prototype production of Model Ys with 4680 Tech. This prototyping will allow Tesla to refine the equipment and methods to hit the ground running fast in Berlin in early 2021!

From issue #142

Fremont-made Tesla Model Y now equipped with HEPA filters and Bioweapon Defense Mode

All Model Ys built starting on July 1st come with a HEPA filter and Bioweapon mode. According to a tweet from @SawterMerritt, Tesla will also offer an option to retrofit it into existing Model Ys soon. Living in California, where we get more and more wildfires every year, this is great news!

From issue #172

FSD BETA 10 over the Model Y limits in San Francisco

FSD Beta v10 dropped last Friday. Here is a great drive pushing the limits (of the driver) in SF.

From issue #181

FSD Beta in Ukraine

This hacker was able to install and activate FSD Beta in the Ukraine. Considering this shouldn’t be done, Tesla hasn’t done specific training for their set of traffic signs and I’m sure maps aren’t the best, I think it isn’t half bad!

From issue #180

FSD+MCU1 displays stop signs and stoplights 📷

FSD with MCU1 doesn’t display cones or trash cans but it does display stop signs and stoplights. I personally didn’t know that, I thought it would stop at stop signs and traffic lights but just not display the icons in my MCU1 screen. Good to know, and thanks for sharing Zack! I’m next! I got the FSD retrofit in my Model S 2017 with AP2.5 and MCU1 on Tuesday and I almost cried when I saw my first stop sign 😉

Read more: Twitter

From issue #115

Giveaway Alert: Win a Jeda USB Hub Console

This week, we’re partnering with Jeda to give away one of their new USB Hub Console, designed for the newer console in the Model 3 and Y, and with the ability to charge AirPods, the Apple Watch, and many more gadgets. Check out our pinned tweet to participate, good luck!

From issue #170

Go on an adventure with your Model Y

Who wants to go on an adventure with their Tesla? I mean, what’s not to like about going on a road trip in the safety of your car, especially in these crazy times. And if you do, you may want to consider adding a hitch to your Model Y (or Model 3).

Check out this Model Y tow hitch with 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, lightweight, made in the US, and very affordable (save over $600 compared to Tesla’s). Start your adventure today!

From issue #114

Great Model Y thrid row review

Comprehensive and very informative, this review shows how the third row of the Model Y can a 5' 8" person sitting in the third row with all of the other seats in normal position. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person, but after all the reviews, I honestly think it’s more spacious than it seems.

From issue #148

Has Model Y quality improved?

We all have heard stories of unhappy Model Y owners when deliveries started. Now that it’s been a few months, has the quality of the Model Y improved? Trevor from Tesla Owners Online shares his impressions on a Model Y from September 2020. You’ll be surprised!

From issue #136

Heated steering wheel will be standard in all Model Ys

You’ve heard it right, and this includes the Model Y Standard Range! I know folks who drive a Model 3 have been asking for this upgrade for a while. Great to have it in the Model Y- especially for those living in areas with cold winters!- hopefully it will arrive at other models soon.

Thanks to @Yelloe1213 we know that if your Model Y has the silver scroll wheels that means you have the heated steering wheel as well.

From issue #146

Hidden Features of the Model 3/Y

After 2.5 years of Tesla ownership, Andy Slye shares his ultimate list of top 30 Tesla tips and tricks for the Model 3 and the Model Y. Here’s some of them (check out the full list in the description of the video):

  • How to watch streaming in full-screen mode (apart from the built-in streaming services like Netflix or Hulu)
  • Priority device - no more reading your partner’s text messages when you’re the one driving! :P
  • What are the best voice commands
  • Some great accessories
  • … and the list goes on and on"
From issue #146

Homelink button area is now transparent in reverse

Several Model 3/Y owners had complained that their Homelink menu kind of got in the way while backing up into the garage. In 2020.32.2, Tesla has introduced a small but important change, the Homelink button area is now transparent when in reverse so it doesn’t block the rear-view camera.

From issue #126

How Much Is My Tesla Worth in 2021?

Interesting article comparing the different models over time. It seems that the delays with the Model S refresh and the novelty of the Y are still holding those two pretty well. The article contains some pretty graphs as well as detailed information.

From issue #166

Illuminated door sills

Tesla just released really cool illuminated door sills for the Model 3 and Model Y. I really like these! If you want to send me a gift, here’s an idea 😉

From issue #181

Infographic with main differences between Model 3 and Model Y 📷

Very nice and clean infographic showing the main differences between the performance versions of the Model 3 and the Model Y.

From issue #105

Jeda USB Hub Console

Up until now, Jeda’s accessories were for Model 3 and Model Y with the old console, well, not anymore! Jeda announced this week their new USB Hub Console, designed for the newer console and with the ability to charge AirPods, the Apple Watch, and many more gadgets!

From issue #167

Jeda's Model Y/3 new console tray

Really cool new accessory from our friends at Jeda. This new console tray, for the pre 2021 interior, not only holds all your belongings but also charges your Apple Watch and/or Airpods. Use the code “tesletter” to get $20 off. Enjoy!

From issue #155

Leaked images from Giga Texas show Model Y production progress

Leaked photos show some calibrations of the production line. According to the person who published the pictures, the target date to start the production of the Model Y in Giga Texas is early October.

From issue #176

Long Range Model 3 and Y price increased (again)

Another $1k increase for both the LR Model 3 and Model Y. They start at $49,990 and $53,990 respectively. To put this in perspective, we bought our Model Y LR back in March priced at $49,990, $4k less than its price today 😱

From issue #174

Mini Model Y limited edition

Mini Model Y version for kids, limited-edition Signature Red. How come I didn’t know about this? My kids are going to need one.

From issue #130

Model Y $1000 tow package vs $300 aftermarket hitch 📹

Is the factory tow package worth the extra $700? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. Our friends at LivingTesla do a great job of explaining it all in this video.

If you decide to go with the aftermarket tow hitch for your Model Y, here’s the one we recommend.

From issue #118

Model Y 2020 AC compressor retrofit 📷

Tesla Mobile Service is already performing the retrofit to early Model Y with AC problems which were causing a shroud when the air gets stuck inside. Newer Model Y should not have this problem and already come with an acoustic blanket. Thank you @hwfeinstein for sharing the pics!

From issue #119

Model Y 5 vs 7 seat video comparison

Probably. Said Elon Musk on Twitter. The focus right now is on making progress with the actual Giga Texas, which is where the awaited Cybertruck will be built.

From issue #155

Model Y 7-seater with 3 car seats

Depending on your family this configuration might work for you. In the picture, we can see two seats in the third row and an infant seat in the middle row. Thank you u/Cessna172Pilot for sharing!

From issue #163

Model Y acceleration boost upgrade experience

A few days ago Tesla announced a new acceleration boost available via a paid software upgrade for the Model Y dual motor. In this video, @klwtts puts it to test in their non-performance Model Y to see if the difference is really noticeable.

From issue #132

Model Y at Jay Leno's Garage 📹

Jay reviews the new Model Y and checks out its full self-driving capability. In a nutshell, he says “The gas car is not going anywhere, but in terms of efficiency and (avoiding) pollution, electric vehicles are the way to go.”

See more: YouTube

From issue #117

Model Y Car Seat Comparison

Ji and his wife, Annalee, from Tesbros, are expecting their first baby and as a result, they have done a bunch of research on the best car seat options for their Model Y. Here’s a great video and article they’ve published comparing car seats for the Model Y. Congrats Ji and Annalee on the baby 👶, I hope everything goes great!

From issue #173

Model Y deliveries starting soon

Last week we shared some news about the Model Y CARB certificate being published. Since then we’ve learned about some people ‘confirming’ from Tesla employees (both on Twitter and Reddit) that Tesla will start delivering Model Y in two weeks. Here’s what we know.

Read more: Tesletter

From issue #95

Model Y deliveries to start on March 15th

Tesla has just started sending out delivery confirmation emails to Model Y reservation holders (both with Performance and LR AWD configurations). Deliveries will start on March 15th, just a year and a day after the Model Y unveiling. Will there be a delivery event on March 14th?

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #100

Model Y door labels

Have you ever had to explain a passenger in your Model 3 how to open the door? Did you end up getting a door label kit like this one? No more! Tesla has started properly labeling the door handles in the Model Y, hoping they will make this change in Model 3 as well. 

From issue #123

Model Y durability test (off-roading on artic ice) 📹

Tesla invited JerryRigEverything out to Alaska to see how they test their electric vehicles in extreme temperatures. Most people aren’t going to take their new vehicles offroading through the Alaskan Tundra, but… it’s good to know the Model Y can handle it. Check out the video!

From issue #114

Model Y gets auto-dimming side mirrors, USB in the glovebox, and metal scroll wheels

More surprises in the shape of upgrades seem to be coming to the Model Y. Auto-dimming side mirrors, USB in the glovebox, and metal scroll wheels, have been found in a new Model Y delivered in Fremont just this month.

From issue #139

Model Y has powered liftgate buttons and a new 12V socket in the back

More news about the Model Y confirmed this week. It comes with power liftgate buttons, something that most Model 3 owners wish their Tesla had (we love it in our Model S), and an extra 12V socket in the back. Nice to see these in the latest Tesla Model that is starting deliveries this month.

Read more: Twitter

From issue #101

Model Y images discovered in the latest update of Tesla's mobile app

Nothing very surprising here, just Tesla getting ready for the Model Y deliveries this month disovered by user matt687 on Reddit after decompiling the latest Android package and comparing it to the previous version. Everything seems to indicate that Model Y owners will have the same functionality available in the mobile app than the rest of the fleet.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #102

Model Y LR price increased another $500

The price of the Model Y LR AWD keeps increasing. 3 months ago, we paid $3,000 less than what it costs today. Its current price is $51,490.

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From issue #163

Model Y MIC ahead of schedule

The first Model Y made in China has been spotted. Tesla started taking Model Y orders in China just three months ago and deliveries were supposed to start, at the earliest, the first few months of 2021. This may be changing now? Incredible that the Giga 3 started construction just at the beginning of 2019.

From issue #127

Model Y MIC announced

Elon flew to China for the first Model 3 deliveries to public customers but before that he announced the beginning of the Model Y project in China. What we understand is that Tesla is now going to start building the production lines and all the stuff needed to produce Model Y MIC as they do with Model 3s right now.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #93

Model Y new center console

It seems that some new Model Ys are now delivered in the US with the new center console that was first seen in China. Neat!

From issue #151

Model Y now comes with double pane windows

Right when Tesla announced that “better soundproofing” was coming to the Model 3, it seems like they have also started delivering Model Ys with double pane windows. Shout out to Tesla Raj for sharing the pics!

From issue #135

Model Y now eligible for the referral program

If you are thinking about ordering a new Model Y, you can now use someone’s referral link and get $1,000 of free Supercharging. If you are in need of a referral code and we have been helpful to you, please consider using ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #115

Model Y Performance 1/4 mile run 📹

Brian from i1Tesla puts a Model Y Performance against a Model 3 Performance and a Model X Performance and here’s what he has found out.

From issue #105

Model Y pop open mount for the tow hitch

I thought this was a really ingenious idea and wanted to share it (sorry, you need to be a member of the Facebook group to be able to watch this video). This Tesla owner used the cover of the tow hitch to be able to remove it without the tools. The mount is held by two magnets and pops out when you press it.

From issue #155

Model Y power frunk

One of the best places to transport food in your Tesla is the frunk because it contains odors. And one of the best ways to avoid getting your dirty fingers all over your frunk is with this power frunk accessory. This is a very popular accessory amongst Tesla owners and now it’s available for the Model Y as well.

From issue #148

Model Y price reduction

Tesla lowered the price of the Model Y Long Range AWD by $3,000 on Saturday, July 11th. The other current version offered, the Model Y Performance, received a $1,000 price drop. If you’re purchasing a Model Y soon and we have been helpful to you in any way, please use our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266 to get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging.

From issue #120

Model Y produced in Austin will come with the new 4680 batteries

Or so has shared Elon on Twitter. Pretty cool to see all the battery innovation arriving to the production lines already. I wonder what’s going to happen in Freemont and the new models being delivered in the US west coast. 🤔

From issue #164

Model Y range increase in 2020.40.7

2020.40.7 has introduced an improved efficiency change that gives Model Y owners ~10 extra miles after installing this version (without being plugged) just because of the update. That’s my kind of update 😉

From issue #134

Model Y reservation holders in Europe might start taking deliveries earlier than expected

According to Teslarati, Tesla could already start deliveries of the Model Y made in Berlin early in 2021. This would be quite a surprise, since the plan was to begin producing the Model Y in Germany in July 2021 after Giga Berlin’s production lines were installed.

From issue #135

Model Y tow hitch for $1k

Last week, Tesla introduced a new add on to the Model Y: a tow hitch with a 3500 pound capacity. This seems to be an overnight and unannounced change and is for now available in the US and in Europe. Thank you @tesla_unplugged for the tip!

From issue #107

Model Y unveil event on March 14th

Model Y is about 10% bigger than Model 3, and it will cost about 10% more, and have slightly less range for the same battery. We are excited about Model Y, Vanessa and I think that there is a high chance it is our next vehicle.

See more: Twitter

From issue #49

Model Y unveiling Thursday 3 / 14 at 8pm

If you are one of the lucky ones who got invited and you are currently in LA there is a meetup at noon at 3200 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

If you are going to be home and want to watch the event live you can sign up for the live stream here https://www.tesla.com/modely

Read more: Tesla

From issue #50

Model Y versus RAV4 Moose test

The Model Y passes the test at ~49 mi/h (80 km/h) and the RAV4 doesn’t pass the test even at a slower speed (~43 mi/h or ~70km/h). Two different drivers do the test with each car achieving similar results. Pretty amazing.

From issue #182

Model Y with a heat pump vs Model 3 without it

Both cars were driven on the same commute, in similar temperatures, one day apart. In the graph, the Y’s efficiency shows up at 101% vs. the 3 at 73%

From issue #147

Model Y XPEL PPF and Feynlab ceramic coating

Check out this Model Y transformation video with full XPEL Paint Protection Film and Feynlab ceramic coating to really keep this fresh off the lot Model Y clean and protected. Looking for a Feynlab installer in your area?

From issue #122

Model Y's secret trick

Uncle Trevor is going to tell us a secret that is going to make the Model Y perform much better in cold weather.

From issue #103

Model Y, Peformance or LR AWD? 📹

The Model Y with the Performance upgrade adds $8,000 to the cost of a LR AWD Model Y with 19” Gemini or $6,000 if you compare it to a LR AWD with 20” Induction wheels. But… is it worth the investment? I guess the answer is it depends on what you’re looking for but according to this comparison by ‘The Kilowatts’, if you’re looking for the extra performance, it’s totally worth it since the two are not that different in terms of range.

See more: YouTube

From issue #116

Model Ys are coming

A bunch of Model Y reservation holders have been reporting receiving their VIN numbers at the same time earlier this week. According to this post on Reddit, the specific configuration for this batch is:

  • AWD Long range
  • 20 inch wheels
  • Black interior
  • White exterior

We also got an email from Tesla saying “Model Y test drives are around the corner” 😬More and more Model Ys are coming!

From issue #114

Model Ys in Europe will come from Giga Berlin

A couple of weeks ago, we were speculating about this with Lars (@TeslaParaTodos) and Rafael (@TesLatino) in our weekly podcast in Spanish (Es Tesla). Our take was that Model Ys in Europe would probably come from the Giga 4 to avoid delaying production of Model Ys for the US in Fremont, apart from the obvious factors of cost and the fact that the cars will probably be slightly different due to legal regulations in the US and in Europe. Well, now we know for sure.

And we also know that Giga Berlin will “have world’s most advanced paint shop, with more layers of stunning colors that subtly change with curvature”.

From issue #107

Model Ys in route to South Korea

A few Model Ys have been seen entering Pier 80 in San Franciso and seem to be going to South Korea. At first, Twitter user @leon2555, who snapped the pictures, thought these were going to Europe, but thanks to an emissions sticker visible in the cars in the picture it’s been pointed out that these are actually going to South Korea. It was only in February that Tesla opened up the Model Y Design Studio in South Korea.

From issue #158

More details about the third row in the Model Y

More people checking out the third row. A 5' 4" woman fits well there, her 6' husband touches the roof with his head. Another couple, 5’6 and wife 5’2”, tried it with a 6’ tall passenger in the 2nd row, and a 6’ tall driver and felt they had adequate legroom. See pictures in the tweets!

From issue #147

New Jeda Wireless Pad V3 (Model 3/Y)

In case you missed this or you’re new to Tesla, a few weeks ago Jeda launched a new version of their wireless pad, both for the Model 3 and the Model Y. There are cheaper wireless pads for your Tesla in the market, but there aren’t better ones. The new capabilities of the V3 include:

  • Increased charing area
  • Fastest charging speeds
  • Three way charging (1 horizontal and 2 portrait positions)
  • Wired charging option
From issue #119

New lease option on the Model Y

This Reddit user has spotted a new lease option on the Model Y which was previously not available. Just remember that Tesla’s Model Y lease (as it does for the Model 3) doesn’t offer a buy-out option.

Remember that if you order a new Tesla you can use our referral code and get $1k of free Supercharging http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #121

New Model Y acceleration boost upgrade

Tesla has released an acceleration boost upgrade for the Model Y. From 0-60 mph from 4.8 seconds to 4.3 seconds. Available for purchase on the Tesla mobile app. Would you pay $2,000 for the extra boost?

From issue #131

New Model Y DIY Paint Protection Film offered by Tesla

Tesla is now offering their own PPF for the Model Y. For their first product in this category, Tesla is targetting an area that suffers a lot, especially for those who live in cold climates where snow and sand can damage the car. This new accessory consists of 2x clear protective film for rear fenders and 1x squeegee. It seems like a good option if you like DIYs and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a PPF for the whole car. As someone who may get their Model Y soon, I’d like to see what folks say of its quality and how it compares to other brands that we like and trust like Tesbros.

From issue #146

New Model Y taillights in production cars since 8/13

Tesla has introduced a small incremental hardware change in the Model Y since deliveries started:

  • The new taillights illuminate just the outer “C” when braking
  • The horizontal turn signal in the center is now an amber (previously red)

Check out the side by side comparison pic.

From issue #125

New Model Y wood trim

Nice addition to the Model Y finishes. I personally prefer the black finish, but this seems to me like a good opportunity for Tesbros to come up with new wrap ideas 😉).

From issue #145

New rear liftgate sunshade for the Model Y

Tesla has added a rear liftgate sunshade for the Model Y. It is constructed of lightweight fabric with a collapsible rigid frame so you can fit it in the included pouch as well as Tesla says rearward visibility is not compromised but blocks 2/3 of solar thermal load. I wonder if this would be needed for the folks in the 3rd row of the Y.

From issue #143

New snake jazz/elevator music sounds

Custom sounds for external speakers are around the corner. Check out the snake jazz preview featured in this video. Fun! 🎷

From issue #126

New UI coming to Model 3 and Y

Elon confirmed it on Twitter: “updated UI coming with FSD wide release”. Whenever this release arrives, and know we have been waiting for it for a while, it will also include the new visualizations to understand what the car is seeing and what it plans to do a bit better.

From issue #171

New vs old Model 3 frunk design

A few weeks ago we saw the pictures of a new frunk, there is a comparison from the Owners Manual. Will the Model 3 come with a heat pump soon?

From issue #127

One year of free Supercharging for new Model 3 and Model Y owners

In an effort to bump end-of-the-year sales, Tesla is offering one year of free Supercharging with Model Y and Model 3 purchases. To qualify for it, the purchase needs to be between Dec. 12th and Dec. 31st, and Standard Range Plus (SR+) variant is not included. Hope they make it to the 500,000 vehicles sold in 2020! If you are shopping for a new Tesla and we have been useful to you, please use our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #142

Pedestrian warning system retrofits, now available

If you own a Model 3 or Model Y from before Tesla introduced the external speaker (Sep 2020 for the Model 3 and Aug 2020 for the Y), you can now schedule a service appointment and get it retrofitted for $200. Model S and Model X owners will have to wait, at least for now.

From issue #162

Pictures and videos showing the new Model Y 7-seater

Tesla has only published one photo of the rear seats of the new Model Y 7-seater. There’s also a video which you can see here. If you ask me, the picture is not very good, it looks like there’s no leg space at all. I have reached out to Tesla to ask for more pictures of the third row without success, but here are some that have been leaked.

From issue #146

Pictures of a new Tesla Semi prototype

@klwtts spotted a new Tesla Semi in Sacramento a couple of days ago. Pictures or it didn’t happen! Apart from introducing a new color, it does look like a new prototype compared to the previous ones that had been publicly shared.

From issue #149

Protect your rockers

Rockers are one of the parts that get the most damage from chips and debris, even more so if you live in cold climates with snow and salt on the roads. Our friends from Tesbros just released their Model 3/Y PPF Rockers kits and are running a 20% sale until this Sunday 3/7 at midnight Pacific.

From issue #153

Quick bandit for Model 3/Y & HEPA filter bundle

“Quick Bandit” is a Tesla front license plate bracket that can be installed and removed in seconds. It’s been very successful with the Model 3 and now it’s also available for the Model Y. Made in California by @tonytesla4life, a member of the Tesla community who we’ve had the pleasure of meeting IRL and we love working with. If you happen to be in the market for a front license plate bracket and also need to change your cabin air filters (or are going to have to do it soon), get the bundle and save $20. (Or you can also get the HEPA cabin air filters separately and watch @Seasonedtech replace them in under 4 minutes!).

From issue #129

S3XY comparison

This article offers a unique perspective by a Tesla owner who has owned a Model S, a Model X, a Model 3, and since recently, also a Model Y. He compares each model to the Model Y and offers his verdict in terms of aesthetics, functionality, interior volume, technology, performance, and driveability.

From issue #107

SR Tesla Model Y has been added to the Quebec EV incentive list of eligible vehicles

Quebec is offering up to 8,000 CAD off the recently announced Model Y SR. If you are planning on ordering and need a code to get free Superchanging, we would be humbled if you use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #147

Standard Range Model Y and seven-seater option available!

Tesla just launched the Standard Range Rear-Wheel drive Model Y as well as the 7 seat option, meaning Model Y now starts at $42,000 and an additional $3,000 for the third-row option. The option of the Y Standard Range was surprising since Elon said a while ago on Twitter that they were planning on releasing the LR RWD and not the Standard Range Model Y.

In case you didn’t' t know, I placed an order for a LR AWD Model Y with the seven-seat configuration back in March 2019 when the Y was first announced. I can’t wait to drive it!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a Model Y and we have been helpful to you in any way, please consider using our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266

From issue #146

Superchaging V3, charged 5-85% in 20 mins

Tesla is several steps ahead than its competition equipping its cars with batteries that not only have more capacity, but are also able to charge faster, and are cheaper to manufacture. Tesla’s latest effort in that direction is Model Y’s heat pump and octovalve system, that significantly shortens Supercharging times compared to the Model 3 ones. Tesla owner Zack (@BLKMDL3), featured in this article by Tesmanian, shared his recent experience charging his Model Y in a V3 Supercharger and going from 5% to 85% capacity in just 20 minutes. This is not a theory anymore, it’s real. Just wow.

From issue #114

Taking delivery of a Tesla soon? Check out our PDF for new owners

In case you haven’t come across our PDF for new Tesla owners which comes in very handy when you first get your hands on the steering wheel and realize you’re still driving a car, but a very different one from what you’re used to, here it is again. The PDF also contains some good tips that even experienced Tesla owners may not know about. Finally, check out our must-have recommended accessories for new owners (links by model can be found at the very end of the PDF) including a Model Y bundle for new owners.

From issue #140

Tesla Bat Mobile! PPF + Feynlab's Ceramic coating

Check out this beautiful transformation. Model Y wrap, fully coated with Feynlab ceramic coating all over, even on the brakes, the rims, and every glass.

If you’re interested in Feynlab’s ceramic coating, find an installer in your area and get a free quote here.

From issue #152

Tesla Center Console 1.0 to 2.0 swap

Our friend Ji from Tesbros just swapped his Model Y old center console for a new one. The process seems hard and it won’t work for Model 3s manufactured before 2019, but interesting nonetheless.

From issue #158

Tesla files for a near 400-mile Model Y in China

Although this would translate into 351 miles if using the EPA’s calculation, it is still a good improvement from the current 326 miles.

From issue #178

Tesla gets ready to add new Model Y version after certifying Long Range RWD

Is Tesla finally going to release the LR AWD version of their Model Y? It would make sense since they killed the SR version a month or so ago, under 250 miles of range wasn’t acceptable for Tesla, I know a bunch of people who would be extremely happy if this is true.

From issue #157

Tesla is going to use factory shutdowns to do upgrades and improve production

Shutting down the Fremont and New York factories due to the Coronavirus outbreak is for sure going to affect Tesla’s Q1 and most likely also Q2 production and sales numbers. However, they are still allowed to use a small workforce at the Fremont factory and Tesla is planning on making upgrades to the production lines which would increase the Model Y production capacity.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #104

Tesla Model Y CARB certification published, hinting at stellar range and imminent delivery

Might this mean that the first Signature Model Ys will be delivered soon?

Read more: Twitter

From issue #94

Tesla Model Y first in-depth review

Great video by Tesla Raj. Tesla started delivering the first Model Ys exactly one year after the unveiling and six months ahead of schedule. The day after it the first Model Y was delivered in Fremont I had the opportunity of seeing it in real life and I have to say the car is gorgeous.

From issue #103

Tesla Model Y owner shares how to camp on top of his car

The Kilowatts writes that electric vehicles are ideal for car-camping and even short overlanding trips. Looking at the data they shared, a night spent with Camp Mode active versus driving with The Rooftop Tent has approximately the same effect on battery power. So there you go, you can choose whatever option best fits your trip and preferences.

From issue #124

Tesla Model Y spotted road testing with ‘Power Sports’ Aero Wheels

There have been several reports of spotted Model Ys around Fremont in the past couple of weeks. This is a healthy sign of Tesla working on them ahead of their planned production in fall 2020.

Read more: Teslarati

From issue #81

Tesla Model Y Thermal management system with octovalve and heat pump

Three-part video series explaining the complete Thermal management system of Model Y with octovalve and heat pump.

From issue #122

Tesla Model Y to have third-row seat, mid-2020 production at Gigafactory 1 according to leaked docs

Business Insider claims to have access to internal Tesla docs that talk about a pilot Model Y line at Giga 1 by June 1st 2020 and ramping production up to 7,000 units per week by the end of 2020.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #36

Tesla obtains approval on Model Y Made in China

Tesla has received approval from the Chinese government to register its new Model Y made in China, which means they are ready to start production soon. Deliveries of the Model Y MIC are planned for early 2021.

From issue #137

Tesla plans to open their Terafactory in Austin, Texas

It seems like Tesla has chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for their next factory which will be producing the Cybertruck and Model Y. This information is not fully confirmed yet but Elon Musk is already planning a quite aggressive schedule for its development. We shall see.

Read more: Electrek


From issue #112

Tesla Shareholder Meeting

Here’s a summary of last Tuesday’s Tesla Shareholder Meeting with the things we got most excited about:

  • Tesla planning on opening their own body shops. First 10 to open by the end of June 2018!
  • Model Y planned for first half of 2020 (with maybe no steering wheel? :O)
    M3 test drives at some Tesla showroom locations by the end of June 2018. All stores in North America will have - M3s by the end of July 2018.
  • New Gigafactory in Shangai, the first outside the US

Read more: TMC

From issue #11

Tesla to start deliveries of the Model Y 7-seater in Q2?

User @handytsla on Twitter has been contacted by Tesla to get delivery of his Model Y Performance 7-seater in Q2. This same owner had been contacted regarding his Model Y Performance 5-seater reservation earlier this month and Tesla had said he’ll have to wait for the 7-seater.

We hold a reservation for a Model Y 7-seater too (Long Range, AWD)… Tesla if you are listening, you have my number, so call me maybe 💃

From issue #109

Tesla’s Model Y is the company’s latest five-star safety rated car

Another Tesla, another car that gets a five-star rating in the safety tests. Tesla has always put vehicle safety front and center while designing their vehicles. The safest car is the one that doesn’t get in an accident in the first place, and Tesla has shown repeatedly how their vehicles are not only the best at protecting the passengers during accidents but also at preventing them in the first place. I don’t know about you, but I want my family on the safest vehicle while we are on the road.

Warning: this link contains graphic images of Model Ys been hurt!

From issue #146

The details of Model Y's HEPA filters

According to this Redditor the Model Y’s HEPA filter has two layers , the top layer is like the filter in Model 3 and the bottom layer is HEPA with plastic case. This is, as someone pointed out in the comments, a pretty clever idea since the first filter, most likely cheaper to replace, would clean the air before the HEPA filter, and that way I assume it will increase the lifetime of the HEPA filter.

From issue #148

The Gigafactory in Berlin has a target capacity of 10,000 vehicles per week

Tesla has big plans in Europe, look at this schedule and numbers:

  • Construction of the Gigafactory in Berlin happening in 2020
  • Production targeted to start in 2021
  • Phase 1 will focus on Model Y production
  • Target capacity of 10,000 vehicles per week
  • Employment of 12,000 people

Read more: Tesla

From issue #100

There won't be a Model Y SR version, but there will be a LR RWD and it'll have over 300 miles of range

According to Elon on Twitter, Tesla is doing range testing of the Model Y LR RWD at the moment and in Elon’s words, the RWD’s range will be ‘significantly higher than 300 miles’. In the same thread, he confirmed that there won’t be a SR version of the Model Y because ‘the range would be under 250 miles and wouldn’t be acceptable’. Speculation (and to my friend Lars) say that the price of the LR RWD will be around $45k.

From issue #120

They won a Tesla Model Y through the referral program!

We’ve heard about a couple of winners of the Model Y via the referral program before, but this time our friend @Tesla_Raj has interviewed a couple who won and received a free Model Y, cool!

From issue #126

Track Mode in the Model Y may be coming soon

For those of you who were wondering about Track Mode being available in the Model Y, our friend John from @teslaownerssv asked about it and it seems it may become a reality! Or at least, Elon said it’s possible.

From issue #120

Ultra-bright LED lights for the Model 3/Y (Sponsor)

These Ultra-bright LED lights are one of the most popular accessories for any Tesla Model. We got the ones for the trunk of our Model S and they are super easy to install. Teslarati is bringing you a full DIY kit for the  Model 3 and the Model Y which includes puddle lights, lights for the driver and passenger footwell, and glove box lights. A perfect DIY project for the weekend!

If you would like to sponsor Tesletter, please reach out!

From issue #107

Unibody casting manufacturing system for the Model Y

Tesla just patented a new vehicle frame casting machine to produce the frame of the Model Y in almost one single piece 😱😱

Read more: Twitter

From issue #69

Universal battery pack coming to Model 3/Y soon

What does ‘universal’ mean? Basically, Tesla is going to update the Model 3 production lines in the US passing on the Model Y battery manufacturing improvements and eventually incorporating the Model Y heat pump in the Model 3 as well. No timelines have been shared yet.

From issue #122

Update on the Model Y 7-seater

According to Elon on Twitter, Tesla is ahead of schedule with the Model Y 7-seater: production planned to start in November, first deliveries in December 2020. Yes! Thank you John @teslaownerssv for asking about this.

From issue #133

Waiting time estimate at Superchargers

The new FSD Beta came with another addition, now you can see the estimated waiting time directly on the central screen, cool!

From issue #138

We took delivery of our 7-seater Model Y... AMA!

Yesterday, we took delivery of our new 7-seater LR AWD Model Y with 20" Induction Wheels. We were sad to say by to Chispas (our Dec 2017 Model S 75) but so happy to get the new tech and lots of new features! Sharing a few first impressions:

  • Vanessa, who is 5' 4", fits well in the third row with enough legroom for everyone. I’m 6' and I was able to sit in the second and first rows comfortably while she was in the third row. Picture in the tweet
  • Love the look of white on white with the 20" wheels
  • One pedal driving, OMG OMG
  • Cameras and dashcam viewer, so nice, I feel like I finally can properly use Sentry Mode
  • A bit of a rougher drive but not noisy
  • The sound system is so much better (we drove home blasting Metallica, Motörhead, and Pantera 🤘)
  • Still getting used to not having the IC screen and missing the turn-by-turn directions of the S
  • And last but not least, the delivery experience was great, the car is flawless

We’re preparing some posts sharing more details and pictures. Have questions? Ask away!

From issue #153

What does the cabin camera in the Model 3/Y try to detect

An interesting finding by @greentheonly. Not that it changes anything, but pretty cool to know!

  • Blinded
  • Dark
  • Eyes closed
  • Eyes down
  • Eyes nominal
  • Eyes up
  • Head down
  • Head trunk
  • Looking left
  • Looking right
  • Phone use
  • Sunglasses eyes likely nominal
  • Sunglasses luckily eyes down
From issue #133