Model Y: Tesla unveils new mid-size, mass market electric car

Elon Musk with Tesla sign behindDeliveries for long-range version of all-electric SUV, capable of 300 miles on a single charge, will start in 2020.

Tesla has unveiled its latest attempt to thrust electric vehicles (EVs) into the mass market, last night debuting a new mid-size family car capable of driving up to 300 miles on a single charge.

Unveiled by CEO Elon Musk at a livestreamed event in Los Angeles yesterday, the Model Y is an all-electric SUV “designed for maximum versatility and safety”, with enough passenger space to carry up to seven adults, according to the cleantech giant.

Retailing at $47,000, customer deliveries of the longer-range, 300-mile version are expected to start in Autumn next year alongside several other variants. A $39,000 standard range version of the Model Y, capable up to 230 miles on a single charge, is then expected to follow in spring 2021.

The news comes as Tesla faces increasing competition from across the global auto sector, with a raft of incumbent firms planning new mass market EV models over the coming years.

SUVs are seen as one of the fastest growing segments of the car market, while the relatively competitive price tag for the Model Y also suggests Tesla is aiming to secure mass market demand as it seeks to ratchet up sales following a turbulent few years for the firm.

All versions of the new car – which also boast panoramic glass roofs – will provide 0-60mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 150mph, alongside a host of high-spec software.


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