A Tesla Model Y prototype has been spotted being road-tested in the snow in the mountains in California earlier this week.
In March of last year, Tesla unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover based on the Model 3, with up to 300 miles of range.
Over the second half of 2019, Tesla has been conducting some Model Y tests on public roads.
The Model Y prototype sightings ramped up with several different vehicles spotted mainly in California and on the West Coast.
Last month, a Model Y prototype was spotted all the way in Florida.
Tesla has been ramping up its tests on public roads, and several more Model Y prototypes have been spotted in testing.
Now Christopher Radoff and his wife even spotted Tesla test a Model Y prototype in the snow going through the Donner Pass in the northern Sierra Nevada range:
Obviously, the footage is not very good since it was in the middle of a snowstorm, but the vehicle clearly appears to be a pre-production Model Y.
Tesla vehicles have proven to perform extremely well in the snow, especially the dual-motor AWD versions of Tesla’s vehicles.
However, Tesla has faced criticism in the past for being a “California company” and not always thinking about living with the vehicle in tougher climates.
Tesla’s Model 3 has faced some issues during its first winter in the north and Tesla recently even started giving out new ‘All-Weather Protection Kit’ for free to owners where the winters are more difficult.
We recently shared a post about preparing your Tesla Model 3 for the winter with good tires, mats, and some tips.
As for the Model Y, CEO Elon Musk said that he expects Tesla to hit volume Model Y production by mid-2020, which means that production would start in the next few months.
We reported yesterday that Tesla Model Y got its CARB certification – hinting at deliveries potentially starting soon.
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