According to a leaked document.
The Tesla Model Y was revealed back in March 2019 and the first customer deliveries, according to the latest date given by the automaker, are set to get underway in summer 2020, some six months ahead of schedule. The only exception will reportedly be the Standard Range variant (also the most affordable beginning at $39,000), which is expected to arrive in early 2021. But today new information has come to light and it could mean Model Y deliveries are about to get underway.
Auto journalist Bozi Tatarevic posted on Twitter a leaked document revealing the CARB certificate for the Tesla Model Y Performance AWD that was published last week, on January 9. Why is this potentially significant? Because back in 2017, specifically on July 3, Tesla signed the Long Range RWD Model 3's certificate - exactly 25 days before the first deliveries began on July 28.
If, and only if, this schedule repeats then it's entirely possible some Model Y customers could be receiving their long-desired orders sometime next month. Again, Tesla has not confirmed any of this but it has been known to surprise the world every now and again. Given that Model 3 production has been fully sorted out and sales are booming, Tesla has been able to shift focus to its more affordable SUV. Lessons have also been learned and applied regarding the numerous Model 3 production headaches.
At the moment, Model Y production is taking place at Tesla's Fremont, California factory. The EV SUV will also be assembled at Tesla's recently opened factory in Shanghai, China. Tesla also just announced it'll build yet another factory near Berlin, Germany where Model Ys will be manufactured once it goes online. With the exception of the Standard Range RWD Model Y, other variants are all Long Range with an estimated EPA range of up to 300 miles on a single charge. Pricing begins at $48,000 for the RWD Long Range variant, while the Performance model starts off at $61,000.
Hopefully, there'll be more to report on this subject in the very near future.