The Model Y is still not available to order in Australia, but new certification documents for the electric crossover released in late March reveal that when it is released locally it will have lost a few pounds.
The Model Y is Tesla’s fourth volume production vehicle and differs from the Model 3 in that it has a rear hatch instead of a trunk, as well as a taller roof and seats.
It’s expected to be a popular seller when it finally goes on sale in Australia, and we’d like to say that the new documents suggest that will happen soon. But Tesla isn’t about to tell us when that will be.
In foreign markets, the crossover version of Tesla’s best-selling Model 3 electric sedan has already taken dominant positions in automobile sales: for example, in 2021 it became the best-selling vehicle in the SUV segment. and pick-ups (ute) in California according to clean technique.
And with SUVs popular in Australia and growing interest in electric vehicles, it’s also likely to perform well here and compete with other newcomers such as the Polestar 2, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.
But it was a long time coming. Certification for the Tesla Model Y in Australia first published September 2021 hinted at an imminent release but an expected opening of the order pages did not occur.
Now, a new hint that controls for California’s electric vehicle pioneer Tesla’s highly anticipated electric crossover may be about to hit the road has emerged in the form of the updated Model Y certification posted on the website. Government rover.
Many details in the new certificate remains the same according to the two Y models introduced in Australia at the end of 2021: all variants are designed to tow 1.6 tonnes braked and 750 kg unbraked.
The power output of the single-motor Y SR RWD model remains at 255 kW, while the Y LR model remains at 378 kW and the performance power output at 393 kW (the latter two of course with two motors).
However, the documentation also reveals a much higher vehicle mass than the Model 3, which weighs around 1.6 tonnes in its RWD format.
The Y SR model now has a tare weight of 1.909 tonnes (previously 1.923 tonnes) and the Long Range weighs 1.979 tonnes (previously 1.981 tonnes). Performance remains the same at 1,997 tonnes.
And instead, the Y SR model has a Gross Vehicle Mass of 2,549 tons instead of the previous 2,313 tons, the Long Range GVM is 2,619 tons instead of the previous 2,371 tons, and the Performance GVM is 2,634 tons instead. of the previous 2,384 tons.
Under current certification, battery sizes remain at 173 Ah for the standard range (with 360 volt architecture, this equates to a 62.28 kWh battery) and 230 Ah for the dual motor variants (equivalent to 82.8 kWh.)
When the Model Y will be available to order in Australia is still unknown. You’re here began delivering the right-hand drive Model Y to the UK in late February, and local availability is believed to be imminent. We’ll let you know as soon as we know more!
This article has been updated to correct the gross vehicle mass and tare details.
Bridie Schmidt is Associate Editor for The conduitsister site of Renew the economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emission transport must play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and offers it for rent on evee.com.au.