Tesla Model Y Earns Enviable EPA Rating

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Feb 21, 2020

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

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    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Feb 23, 2020

      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.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Feb 21, 2020

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

  • Vulpine Vulpine on Feb 21, 2020

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