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Electric vehicles have moved from obscurity to center stage as nearly every major automaker looks to electrify their portfolio of vehicles in the decades to come. EVs are becoming more practical thanks to improved driving range and expanding charging infrastructure. There are plenty of new electric vehicles on the scene. Here’s why the Tesla Model Y is still the most exciting of all electric SUVs.

The Tesla Model Y is a trailblazer

Tesla unveiled the Model Y back in 2019 and began production on the small electric SUV in 2020. In just three years, the small electric SUV has made huge strides internationally. It has been the best-selling electric vehicle in several countries and is currently on track to outsell the popular Tesla Model 3 electric sedan.

The Model Y kicked down the door for other small electric SUVs and became an example and benchmark for other automakers. It has become the small electric SUV to beat internationally, prompting more seasoned automakers like Volkswagen to produce a competitor.

Coming before other EVs doesn’t make the Model Y the best, but the electric vehicle has continued to sell well despite more competitors entering the space and multiple price fluctuations. The EV has even experienced reliability issues, yet there’s still a strong demand for the Model Y.

Tesla plans to improve the Model Y’s design

One of the projects associated with the highly anticipated Tesla Investor Day is Project Juniper. Project Juniper is a plan to either refresh or completely redesign the Model Y. During Tesla Investor Day, key team members described how the electric vehicle and clean energy company is altering its current production process to increase output.

Many components of Tesla’s manufacturing process are novel to the industry, and the automaker rarely outsources. So, there are clear improvements to the production process that the brand is implementing.

This is exciting because it means the sky is the limit for popular nameplates like the Model Y. Tesla is working hard to improve its vehicles and its efficiency at producing vehicles. Thanks to over-the-air updates, the next version of the Model Y could get plenty of great features as the team innovates and pushes boundaries.

The Model Y nameplate is still in its infancy, as is Tesla. There’s plenty of room for improvement, and the team has set its sights on the next phase for its small electric SUV. The upcoming iteration of the Model Y could shock the world.

The Tesla Model Y’s performance specs are unmatched

A gray 2023 Tesla Model Y small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

The Tesla Model Y may seem expensive, but its performance is unrivaled at its price point. The 2023 Tesla Model Y starts at $54,990. It makes 384 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. According to MotorTrend, the Performance trim makes a whooping 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.

The Model Y is easily one of the quickest electric SUVs on the market. It has a max driving range of about 330 miles. That’s exceptional driving range by today’s standards. On paper, the Model Y truly is a work of art. That being said, the EV has to prove reliable in the long run if Tesla wants its success to continue.


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