Maria Montero

Tesla Model Y orders are now open

Customers can now place an order for the Tesla. Model Y, a mid-size crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020.

Tesla requires a $ 2,500 deposit to complete the all-electric vehicle order, according to information posted on its website. A disclaimer on the order form states that “production is expected to begin late next year.” Within that time frame, deliveries will not begin until the end of 2020 or possibly early 2021.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Model Y Thursday night at the Tesla Design Studio in Los Angeles. During the presentation, Musk did not mention that customers would be able to order the Model Y. That’s a departure from previous events, particularly the Model 3 revealed in March 2016, which led to thousands of people making $ 1,000 deposits.

The Model Y bears a striking resemblance to the Model 3, and for good reason. The Model Y shares approximately 75 percent of the same parts as the Model 3.

The vehicle, which will come in a standard, long-range, dual-engine version, with all-wheel drive and performance variants, is larger than the Model 3, allowing it to accommodate seven people (for those who choose to pay the $ 3,000 additional charge). The Model Y order page shows that it comes standard as a 5-seater. To get the 7-seater configuration, customers must pay an additional $ 3,000.

The Model Y also sits higher than the Model 3, a distinction that’s more obvious once you’re seated inside. One of the most distinctive differences is that the Model Y has a panoramic roof.

The standard range version will start at $ 39,000 and have a range of 230 miles. However, Tesla will produce the performance, twin-engine and long-range versions first. Customers wanting the standard-range version of the Model Y should wait at least spring 2021. The performance and dual-engine variants will be able to travel 280 miles on a single charge, while the long-range version, as it sounds, has the range longest at 300 miles.

All the variants are designed to have the same kind of performance as their little brother. The performance version of the Model Y will be able to travel 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 150 mph.

But that kind of performance comes at a higher price. The performance version will start at $ 60,000. The twin-engine variant will start at $ 51,000 and the base price for the long-range version will be $ 47,000.