An exciting moment was captured on camera on the weekend with the first Model Y - the smaller, cheaper SUV from electric carmaker Tesla - seen driving around on public roads in the US.
A blue version of the all-electric SUV that is based on Tesla's successful Model 3 was caught on camera and posted to social media channel Twitter by ChargePoint, a leading electric vehicle charging network in the US.
The working prototype of the Model Y, which was first unveiled to the world in mid-March
, is not surprising since its architecture is reportedly 3/4 the same as the Model 3.
But with a release date set to be in the northern hemisphere's autumn of next year, it's satisfying to see it is out there being tested in real world conditions so soon.
With a grey Model S following not too far behind, replete with camera boom, we imagine it won't be long before the EV maker comes forth with some promotional videos for social media (the car company notoriously does not invest in advertising, so that counts out TV adverts).
It's a shame, however, that there was only one photo captured - while the rear end of the Model Y is distinctively higher that that of its EV cousin, the Model 3, it would be nice to see a proper side profile.
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Bridie Schmidt is staff writer for The Driven
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