By on February 21, 2020

Tesla’s Model Y has already started production, scheduled to reach consumers by the end of March, but until today there was no official range rating. That’s all changed now, and those standing in line for the automaker’s new compact crossover have reason to smile.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Model Y Performance — a dual-motor, all-wheel drive variant that’s obviously concerned with, um, performance — is good for 315 miles between charges. That’s likely to be the same rating for the volume Long-Range AWD version, as both the Model 3 AWD and Performance carry the same range rating (322 miles).

Clearly, the added weight and slightly less slippery shape didn’t harm the Model Y as much as Tesla CEO Elon Musk assumed it would. Earlier, Musk figured the AWD model’s range would fall between 280 and 300 miles.

As for the Long-Range Rear-Wheel Drive model, the EPA has nothing to say about that at this time. Come 2021, Tesla expects to have a Standard Range Model Y up for grabs, assuming it isn’t ghosted into oblivion like the base Model 3. The slightly uplevel Standard Range Plus continues to appear on the company’s website, however, advertised with 250 miles of range. It’s likely the base Model Y’s range will land in that ballpark.

There’s another point worthy of noting: The EPA rates the Model Y Performance at 121 MPGe combined, which makes it a class leader in simulated fuel economy. Rival Hyundai’s Kona Electric rates a 120 MPGe figure, while the Kia Soul EV comes in at 114 MPGe. The Chevrolet Bolt, which is not particularly crossover-like, earns a 118 MPGe rating.

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12 Comments on “Tesla Model Y Earns Enviable EPA Rating...”

  • avatar

    Will model refresh ever be a thing at Tesla, or will all their models still look the same 20 years from now?

    • 0 avatar

      Create an elegant design that will hold up over time and then leave it alone so that you don’t ruin it. The Model S is an excellent example of doing it the right way. Subaru’s habit of starting with a clean design and then repeatedly messing with it is the reverse.

    • 0 avatar

      Not until they’re a big enough company to be able to handle the extra work and expense of revisiting existing models while working on new ones. 10 years ago Tesla had one very niche product. They discontinued that to make their second. It’s taken 10 years to get 3 products on market concurrently and they’re still trying to build out a fuller lineup. I think they’ll continue with long, unrefreshed generations and make do with software tweeks and hardware upgrades for the next 5-10 years. It seems to work pretty well, given that their design language is pretty clean and uncluttered. It ages the vehicles less over the years without needing tweeks. They did, however, give the S a very mild facelift to match the styling of the X and 3.

    • 0 avatar

      The Model S is the perfect example of why Tesla shouldn’t try facelifts. The original S design was elegant and really complimented the cars design. The new design, alongside the X and 3 are pretty bad.

      • 0 avatar

        I don’t think the duck-face is especially attractive, but i do give them credit for fighting the gaping-maw trend that every other automaker is caught up in. Reining in the grill design has to start somewhere. Also, i think the overall simplicity of Teslas makes up for the awkwardness of the snout and makes them look better than most other cars today. I don’t think I’m with any sort of majority, but i think exterior design is pretty atrocious across the entire industry right now with very few brought spots.

        • 0 avatar

          I’m not sure, I critiqued all the mid 2000s cars with tons of acres of plastic painted bumpers that looked anywhere from boring to unattractive and this seems like an extension of that design language everyone else left behind.

      • 0 avatar

        Hummer, I on the other hand thinks the new facelift is better and the older design was pretty bad.

      • 0 avatar

        The original Model S design just looked like acres of black plastic on the front end. I like the new one, which more accurately reflects function, a lot better.

        I appreciate Tesla for not giving into the trend of making every vehicle into a cartoon of a perpetually angry face. We are too angry and impatient on the roads as a society and design from a lot of makers just feeds into that.

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      Art Vandelay

      People seem happy with them and if you are going to keep designs around, theirs at least age well.

      If I were Tesla I’d let the exterior ride and focus on premium interiors and fixing the assembly quality issues, That is the stuff their cars get criticized for, especially in the S/X range. The 3/Y is probably good enough given the price point.

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    SCE to AUX

    The top Mach-E trim will come close to this range, but it’s not in production yet. Are there any other contenders?

  • avatar

    Model refresh will come… about every 5 to 8 years, just like the European cars.

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