First Tesla Model Y deliveries started today, 6 months ahead of schedule

It appears that Tesla learnt a lot from the production ramp of the Model 3. Originally scheduled to be released later this year in the fall of 2020, the first official deliveries of the Model Y have now kicked off, with some very happy and lucky owners getting their electric SUV’s today.

One of the first of those lucky owners was Silversmith on the TMC forum. He picked up his Midnight Silver Performance Model Y in Utah, and showed off a number of high quality photos, including some side by side shots with a Midnight Silver Model 3.

He was also able to show us just how much storage space is in the rear of the Model Y after removing both of the storage covers.

Tesla Model Y rear cargo no cover

One of the more interesting and disappointing finds from his delivery was that the Model Y does not come standard with a tow hitch. The cover on the rear bumper that we saw on all the prototypes is there, but the space behind it is empty. Tesla also today released the Model Y owners manual, which stated the Model Y does not come with towing as standard. We expect this to be an optional accessory that you can add on a later date.

As we told you last night, Silversmith also confirmed the Model Y comes with the wireless phone charger as standard equipment.

Another new owner posted this walk-around video on YouTube, showing off the folding rear seats in action. As can happen with many of these spring-loaded folding rear seats, the right seat didn’t fully fold flat in the demo, likely getting caught on something like the seatbelt.

Canadian deliveries of the Model Y won’t begin for another couple of months, with the first expected in mid-2020. You can order the Long Range version on Tesla’s website starting at $72,390, or the Performance version starting at $84,390.

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