Skip to main content

Tesla Model Y gets CARB certification, hinting at deliveries and range

The Tesla Model Y has received its CARB certification ahead of the launch, and it hints at the potential range, which could have increased from the one originally announced last year.

It could also mean that deliveries are imminent.

Ahead of starting deliveries of a new passenger vehicle, automakers have to clear red tape from several regulatory bodies including the California Air Resource Board (CARB).

The delay between the vehicle receiving certification and starting deliveries can vary, but it has happened in less than a month for some Tesla vehicles in the past.

It’s not a perfect indicator, but the release of the CARB certification would mean that Tesla is getting closer to starting deliveries.

CARB has now released the certification for the Tesla Model Y Performance AWD, which is expected to be the first version of the electric SUV to come to market:

As you can see, CARB is listing the urban dynamometer driving schedule (UDDS range) as “441.91 miles.”

Of course, the dynamometer range is not at all representative of the actual real-world range of the electric vehicle.

However, it is interesting to compare it to the Model 3’s dynamometer range since the Model Y is expected to use the same powertrain.

When released in 2018, the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor and Performance CARB filing showed a UDDS range of 455.32 miles. 

Tesla got updated results with different wheel sizes in new filings last year, and the results ranged between 430.5 miles and 487.37 miles:

The range results are therefore fairly similar, but the Model Y is expected to be slightly less efficient on the road due to its bigger size and worse aerodynamic performance.

On its website, Tesla is listing the range of the Tesla Model Y Performance AWD as 280 miles based on the EPA standard.

In comparison, the same version of the Model 3 is listed with 310 miles of range, but it changes based on the wheels.

Here’s Tesla’s Model Y CARB filing:

[scribd id=442834260 key=key-AC6jn8o0Uz1TPFgDAd2S mode=scroll]

Electrek’s Take

Alright, this is interesting because the Model Y Performance is only offered with 20-inch wheels on Tesla’s website.

If it’s actually the configuration that was tested on the dyno, which I feel it should be if that’s all Tesla plans to offer for now, the new Model Y Performance powertrain is slightly more efficient than Tesla’s Model 3 Performance powertrain tested just a few months ago.

However, I wouldn’t call this confirmed just yet, since we have seen Model Y prototypes with a bunch of different wheels that are not reflected in the options made available on the configurator.

We will keep looking into it, but it would be interesting.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading Electrek— experts who break news about Tesla, electric vehicles, and green energy, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow Electrek on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our YouTube channel for the latest reviews.



Avatar for Fred Lambert Fred Lambert

Fred is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek.

You can send tips on Twitter (DMs open) or via email:

Through, you can check out Fred’s portfolio and get monthly green stock investment ideas.