Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model Y has arrived in India for road testing

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Model Y is Tesla’s full-electric crossover SUV that shares the majority of its components with the Tesla Model 3. Recently, images of the Tesla Model 3 emerged on the internet, testing in India with and without camouflage. Now, pictures of a Model Y, sans camouflage, have appeared on the internet, leading us to believe that the American technology company could be planning to evaluate the Model Y for India.

Tesla Model Y – Spyshots

Tesla could be road testing the Model Y in India to evaluate the EV for our country. The Tesla Model Y shares its design traits with the Model 3, which is Tesla’s most affordable model. However, the Model Y comes with a crossover SUV styling with a tall design. Looking at the trend shift towards SUVs, the brand may be planning to launch the Model Y to increase its market share. The Model Y test mule features the signature Tesla design language with a blank-out grill, a progressive coupe-esque roofline and a notchback style rear deck.

Tesla Model Y – Powertrain Specifications

Powering the Tesla Model Y is a Dual Motor with All-Wheel Drive technology. The Model Y features a battery that is capable of an EPA range of 303 miles on a single charge. The brand offers the Model Y in two variant options. The Performance trim variant comes with 5 seats and a top speed of 155 mph (250 kmph). The other option is the Long Range AWD. This comes with a higher-spec battery offering 326 miles on a single charge. The higher-spec version also comes with a 7-seater option. If launched in India, the 7-seater electric vehicle option will become a one-of-a-kind offering in the electric vehicle segment in India.

Tesla Model Y – Price

In the United States, the Tesla Model Y comes with a starting price of USD 53,990 MSRP. This means the Model Y will fall in the more than USD 40,000 price bracket attracting 100% customs duty plus taxes. This will lead to a sharp increase in its base price. Therefore, Tesla is reportedly talking to the Government of India to relax custom duties on the import of electric vehicles in India. Only time will tell how that turns out.

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