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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:53 pm

Some who are concerned about the rear view from the mirror drive with the rear camera displayed. This is easy to do with voice commands: "show rear camera" and "hide rear camera." I find that the wide angle view takes some getting used to since the cars following behind seem farther away than they really are.
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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:34 pm

coleafrado wrote:
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- Networking didn't work, apparently getting satellite maps costs $10/month?
I'm not sure what you mean by "networking didn't work".

However, 2 years ago Tesla switched connectivity (LTE internet access) to two tiers: basic (free) and premium ($10/mo) . Streaming audio, live traffic and satellite maps all come under premium connectivity (https://www.tesla.com/support/connectivity). Depending upon the trim (e.g., Premium Interior or not), new cars get either 30 days or 1 year of premium connectivity for free. But even without it, you should still get live, non-high-altitude maps.

I'm surprised a test drive vehicle didn't have it.
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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:28 pm

jlv wrote:
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I'm surprised a test drive vehicle didn't have it.
It just didn't! No idea why.

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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:20 pm

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Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:53 am
Leaving the Leaf in the rear view. Same thing I did when I switched to Model 3. I agree rear visibility is not great, but front visibility is much better than most any modern car. Rear in most modern cars is not great, and Model 3 is about the same.

Any time you have a fairly flat sloped rear window, especially when combined with a long distance to the rear end and big headrests, you can expect the rear vis to be abysmal. The Hyundai Ionic I sat in was like looking down a small tunnel, and I'd reject it for that reason alone even if I loved everything else about the car. A split rear window in the tailgate like the Prius has is akin to putting a bandaid on a compound fracture.

Being able to see all around the car is critical to safety, and there are many cars with major blindspots now, whether for style, safety (Volt 1 A-pillars) or aerodynamics like the MY or Prius. I'll happily trade some aero to be able to see out of the car. Cameras are great, but eventually they fail and need expensive repair or replacement, and I don't wish to be dependent on them - same goes for various devices to detect cars in blind spots. Or they just may not work in some conditions.

Admittedly, I've been spoiled by the vis out of all my cars, even the '65 Impala SS that my dad passed on to me as my first car, and both my Subie wagons, esp. the Forester's various generations including mine, have been rated at or near the top for driver visibility.

I suspect driver vis was a major issue for my dad when buying a car, although I never heard him mention it. But he drove a truck for a living, and having huge blindspots and being dependent on mirrors and a mental image of where all the cars were around him and what they were doing was second nature to him. I imagine it was very tiring, though, and he saw no reason to put up with it when he didn't have to.

So, whenever I see a new car model I might be interested in with a shallow-sloped rear window or wide pillars, it moves way down my list of potential buys, as the MY did when we saw the first pictures of it.
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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:48 am

Tesla's latest OTA update changed the rear camera view to also include the 2 rear side cameras.
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Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:49 pm

Tom Moloughney @ IEVS:
Tesla Model Y 70 MPH Highway Range Test: How Far Did It Go?

https://insideevs.com/reviews/433010/te ... ange-test/

. . . We recently did this same test with a 2019 Tesla Model 3 dual-motor, long-range, and finished up with 290 miles and an excellent efficiency rate of 4.25 mi/kWh (14.6 kWh/100 km). We knew the Model Y wouldn't match the Model 3's efficiency but weren't sure just how close it would get.

We recently posted a Model Y video from InsideEVs contributor Kyle Conner's Out Of Spec Youtube channel. Kyle had a friend of his drive his new Model Y at 70-mph in Arizona with temperatures over 100 degrees to see how far it would go in those conditions. They managed to drive 253 miles with an efficiency rate of 283 Wh/mi. However, it was a little hotter than it was when I did my test and wasn't a round trip, so elevation changes and wind may have played a role in the results.

I managed to do much better in my Model Y range test, finishing up with 275.4 miles and an efficiency rate of 260 Wh/mi (16.1 Wh/10km). I'm sure I could have driven at least a mile further, so I'm going to round up the final result to 276 miles. . . .
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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:07 pm

Tesla cuts Model Y price and cancels standard range version
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/13/tesla-c ... rsion.html
Tesla cut the price of its newest offering, the Model Y, by $3,000, just four months after starting deliveries to customers. On Sunday, CEO Elon Musk also said the company was cancelling plans to produce a less-expensive standard-range version of the crossover SUV, saying that its expected range of less than 250 miles would be “unacceptably low.”

Now, the lowest-priced Model Y, the long-range all wheel drive version, starts at $49,990, according to Tesla’s website. The standard-range version would have started at $39,000.
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"will offer a LR single motor Y in a few months, which improves affordability, while still keeping the product excellent"

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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:34 am

I saw my first Y in the wild the other day... and ended up seeing two the same day. A white one at a SuperCharger in CT that we stopped at, and we passed a blue one on the drive home after that. The white one was easy to tell since it was parted next to a white 3. The blue one I almost mistook for a 3; it was the lack of chrome that made me notice the extra height.

I now know 2 people who've bought Ys. Someone at work got one with delivery by the end of this month. My brother-in-law in OR picked his up 3 weeks ago. He had a 2011 LEAF that after 6 years he replaced with a leased Bolt in 2017. The Y came just as the lease was up. He reports his Y had no issues at delivery other than a minor paint defect on the rear bumper.
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Re: Official Tesla Model Y Thread

Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:07 pm

C&D:
Tested: 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range Crosses Over Into the Mainstream

https://www-caranddriver-com.cdn.amppro ... numbers%2F


Somewhat tepid review.
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