Elon Musk Concedes Model Y has Short Ground Clearance But Insists It’s “Actually more about how you use it”

Facing criticism concerning the Model Y’s ground clearance and off-road capabilities, Elon Musk made several defensive tweets Tuesday evening insisting that size isn’t everything.

“The total length, however you want to measure it, is really not relevant,” Musk told users on Twitter. “It’s really more about the position the car finds itself in. There’s also other things involved in a pleasurable off-roading experience, like approach angles.”

Tesla’s new Model Y crossover only has an additional 1.1 inches of ground clearance vs the Model 3 it is based upon. Although Musk did comment on the vehicle’s approach angles as a defense to this, they too are lacking when placed under scrutiny. The Tesla CEO was quick to compare the Model Y’s ground clearance to other vehicles in the segment, hoping to save face.

Musk sent further tweets insisting that the Model Y’s ground clearance was considered average, but skeptics are still doubting the car’s prowess. The several shallow streams and deep puddles the Model Y has publicly tackled so far seem to be an accurate testament to it’s capabilities, but Musk insists there’s been several successful tests at other off-road locations.

One thought on “Elon Musk Concedes Model Y has Short Ground Clearance But Insists It’s “Actually more about how you use it”

  1. Real talk though, the Model Y is more attractive than the Model 3, not because of the extra ground clearance, but because it’s a hatch. Id’ lower it immediately and enjoy the model 3 hatch we should have gotten.

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