Tesla has sent emails to Model Y pre-orderers in the USA promising to start deliveries in March. March 15 is apparently the earliest date.
This would mean that Tesla’s smaller electric SUV would come onto the market relatively exactly one year after its presentation in spring 2019 – at that time, however, autumn 2020 was still targeted as the start of deliveries. As a result, rumours about early orders from various suppliers kept coming up, suggesting that production would start earlier. When Tesla announced its financial figures for the fourth quarter of 2019 this January, it confirmed that Model Y would be delivered this quarter.
According to the emails now sent to pre-orderers, customers must confirm “when you can take delivery”. Once this has been done, Tesla will send an update “in the coming days” when the customer will be able to complete all remaining steps online. Screenshots posted online show that customers have been given Sunday, 15 March as the earliest possible date.
Initially, it will be the performance version of the Model Y, later the ‘Dual Motor’ (also with long-range battery) and the ‘Standard Range+’ versions will follow – but no timetable has been given. Nevertheless, the targeted start of delivery is the shortest period of time Tesla has ever had between the product presentation and its market launch.
Most of the pre-orderers will probably only know their new car from photos and renderings and therefore not be familiar with all features of the Model Y. Now pictures have appeared online that show the trunk of one of the near-series prototypes for the first time. The cargo area appears surprisingly large in the pictures, which is probably due to the tailgate hinged to the roof compared to the similarly large Model 3 – the trunk itself is thus not only higher, but also more accessible with the larger opening.
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The exact source of the pictures is still unclear, but it appears that this is a vehicle without the optional third row of seats. Next to the evenly accessible cargo area there are even smaller shelves, in which a charging cable is located. There also seems to be another compartment hidden under the trunk. From 15 March at the latest, there will be more pictures and dimensions of the trunk space of the Model Y.
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