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

Tesla Model Y Model 3 front

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.

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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.

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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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