Tesla Model Y in the Wild

I spotted my first Tesla Model Y being driven in the wild.

It was in Lafayette, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tesla Model Y deliveries started about 2 weeks ago, but there has also been the shelter in place at the same time.

SOURCES- Brian Wang photos
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

32 thoughts on “Tesla Model Y in the Wild”

  1. Ah, sorry to hear that old chap, I was imagining more sarcasm than was actually there. Sandy Monroe & associates gets paid to do and does some amazing engineering teardowns of Teslas and usually has very salient conclusions about the cars themselves and how they stack up vs traditional automakers or other Teslas. they overbuilt the model 3, and not in a good way. made it more expensive than it should have been. with the Y, its better optimized, more efficient (from a systems perspective) and most importantly, vastly simpler to build. (Though things improved with the china-made model 3) so Tesla is taking profit there. From an onwership perspective, unless you’re dead-set on a sedan, this will be the better vehicle (assuming they fix the hatch/bumper design, that will be a glaring sorespot for dings)

  2. Yes, that’s actually the sort of answer I was looking for.
    I haven’t seen this sort of comparison before. Every light and fluffy media piece I’ve seen has just been on about the looks.

  3. Well lets see…where to start, vastly cheaper to produce(less wiring, fewer parts count), more efficient cooling/heating subsystem (via heat pump instead of element), better door/trim seals, quieter ride, more profitable, re-uses much of the parts of the 3 so development cost was lower, designed for a higher demand segment of the market, more room…should I go on?

  4. Most people now are working from home or out of work. Also there’s no driving the kid’s around either. It sounds like a tank of gas is going to last quite a while. I’ve frankly got to wonder if the gas stations are going to go out of business because of COVID-19.

  5. Never was a fan of this supersizing trend of the last decade, or the resultant hatchbacks on stilts ‘vehicles’ that the car companies aggressively advertise and push.

  6. Tesla has the opposite problem from most automakers here; most auto companies have around 60 days worth of inventory, that they have to worry about sitting around depreciating; they also have more production capacity than demand, and have been demand constrained. Tesla (as of the end of last quarter) only had 11 days worth of inventory and lots of backorders; they will probably clear through most of their inventory pile before they can get the Freemont factory back running again. Hopefully Tesla won’t have too many dropped orders.

  7. That would be a way to sell them: “comes with 5 free face masks and a “Tesla” ventilator for the whole family to enjoy” :-).
    Sorry for sounding insensitive.

  8. The model Y is better in almost every way than the 3 whom it shares most of its parts with….sadly, the lack of appreciably protruding rear bumper means these are going to damage the hatch like there’s no tomorrow. just like Honda, Nissan, and other similar minimized bumper hatches. huge design flaw, I’d hold off on getting one until the bumper gets a redesign. otherwise, very compelling offering for the middle class/entry level EV.

  9. if you think the model 3 looks like a jellybean, then what does this high riding, two story bulbous thing look like?

  10. Musk will solve that problem by outfitting every model Y with a respirator. Then they can sell as many as they can build.

  11. Not so fast, all the other car makers have stopped production so this just means a big time out.

  12. They stopped production in the US temporarily–their California plant was shut down due to COVID-19. It will reopen once the need for social distancing lifts.

  13. Ugh. That’s just sick. That’s a huge setback for trying to replace fossil fuel vehicles in the U.S. (even slowly).

    I hope this means they’re still going to let people buy cars in the states. But if they don’t produce them here then isn’t shipping going to be hell?

  14. They are still delivering cars. However, they are no longer producing cars (in the US), so the delivery pipeline is going to dry up. They are continuing operations in Shanghai, but none of those cars will come to North America.

  15. Like…?

    Kidding lol. Apparently, though, from what I gather looking at social media, priorities like playing the new Animal Crossing game. Nonstop. Talk about an escape. O.o

    I do wonder when Tesla would be able to begin meeting its delivery schedule. Cars are necessary in many places, but also a luxury item. You definitely don’t need one of you’re not leaving home for weeks on end. Then again, people do go shopping.

    SpaceX is still operating, of course. I wonder if this will damage Tesla badly?

  16. You probably won’t see many more in the next couple of weeks. People just now have other priorities than cars and delivery schedules.

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