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The Tesla Model Y is currently the best-selling electric vehicle of 2021. It appeals to consumers by catering to the compact SUV trend. The Tesla Model Y is more affordable than most other Teslas. It is also leading the charge toward an electric future.

The best-selling electric vehicle of 2021

A white Tesla Model Y.
The Tesla Model Y | Attila Kisbenedek/ AFP via Getty Images

Tesla has been in the electric vehicle production business for a long time, so it’s no surprise that several Tesla models are best-sellers this year. The Palo Alto, California-based company, may not have perfected its lineup, but major improvements have been made. The Tesla Model Y only debuted in the early spring of 2019. Deliveries began in the Spring of 2020, and it has already earned the respect of consumers.

The Tesla Model Y is essentially the crossover SUV version of the Tesla Model 3. It starts at $39,990. The base model can travel 244 miles on a full charge. The Long Range trim can go as far as 326 miles on a full charge. Tesla has sold over 33,000 Model Y units thus far.

According to Car and Driver, the Tesla Model Y is the best EV of the year thus far because it combines great range with the perks of Tesla ownership. These perks include access to the network of superchargers that enable fast charging. Teslas also incorporate unique tech features such as original modes and an infotainment system far different from anything on the market.

A perfect example of the Tesla Model Y’s unique features is the Bioweapon Defense Mode. Bioweapon Defense Mode filters harmful particles through a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter in case of a bioweapon attack. China’s Model Ys already include this feature, and it is coming to American Model Ys. The Model Y is an electric crossover SUV like no other, and consumers are excited about it.

A red Tesla Model 3.
The Tesla Model 3 | Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Tesla’s dominance is clear in the electric vehicle market this year. Other automakers like Ford have rolled out amazing EVs. Unfortunately, it’s hard to compete with an automaker that only produces electric vehicles. As a result, multiple Tesla models are amongst the most sold EVs this year.

The Tesla Model 3 beats out the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Chevrolet Bolt by over 10,000 units sold as the 2nd most popular EV this year. The Model 3 starts at $39,990, just like the Model Y. It also offers similar fun Tesla features. Tesla has sold over 23,000 Model 3 units thus far.

Is this the beginning of market dominance for Tesla?

As the EV era begins, Tesla is off to a better start than any other automaker. Since Tesla is a newer company compared to automakers that are over a half-century old, it lacks production experience. It makes up for its short production history by creating vehicles with innovative features to attract consumers.

The novelty of these vehicles usually means more issues to troubleshoot and tech bugs to fix early on. Data shows that consumers are willing to take a risk and bet on the most exciting new automaker in the industry. Tesla has staked its claim for the future’s most popular automaker.


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