The Tesla Model Y is officially the most efficient electric crossover on the market.
When the Tesla Model Y debuted in March last year, Tesla claimed the electric crossover will deliver a range of 280 miles on a single charge. Since then, "continued engineering progress of the Model Y all-wheel drive" has resulted in the EPA-estimated range to be increased to 335 miles, an impressive improvement of 35 miles.
Tesla already announced the Model Y's improved range during its Q4 2019 earnings report last month, but now the range has been officially confirmed by the EPA along with the Model Y's MPG ratings - and they don't disappoint.
According to the EPA, the Tesla Model Y Performance AWD delivers 129/112/121 MPG E city/highway/combined. This beats the Hyundai Kona Electric, which is rated at 120 MPG E combined and makes the Tesla Model Y the most efficient electric crossover on the market. For comparison, the Audi e-tron has a combined 74 MPG E rating and the Jaguar I-Pace is rated at 76 MPG E combined. The EPA hasn't listed the AWD Long Range version yet, but Tesla claims it will also have a 315-mile range.
The Tesla Model Y Performance is powered by a dual electric motor, all-wheel drive setup that allows the electric crossover to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, while the Performance Upgrade increases the top speed from 145 to 155 mph.
The Performance Upgrade also lowers the suspension and adds larger 20-inch wheels and performance brakes. However, selecting this package decreases the estimated range down to 280 miles according to Tesla.
Tesla has high hopes the Model Y will become the company's best-selling model, and these new bragging rights could help the automaker achieve that goal. Customer deliveries of the Model Y were originally supposed to start in the summer, but reports suggest deliveries will start this month. Pricing for the Tesla Model Y Long Range will start at $46,690 while the AWD Performance model starts at $61,000. An even cheaper $39,000-Standard Range model will arrive in early 2021.