The Model S may have blazed the trail and the Model 3 might have pushed them into the mainstream, but it’s the new Model Y that holds Tesla’s fate in its hands. After all, people want compact crossovers these days, and that’s exactly what the Model Y is — effectively a lifted hatchback version of the Model 3 that managed to overcome the market’s current resistance to sedans to become one of the best-selling vehicles in markets like California and the United Kingdom. Elon Musk’s car company may be worth more than any other based on its future potential, but it’s the real-world success of this little SUV that’ll determine whether it lives up to that.
But if you don’t want to wait too long to buy one — or don’t feel like dropping $50,000 or more on a new EV right now — you could always enter to win one, instead.
And not just any Model Y, either. Right now, Omaze is holding a charitable online auction where Kimbal Musk — the Liam Hemsworth to Elon’s Chris — is offering up the chance to win a Tesla Model Y Performance, the most potent version of the compact crossover. It packs 456 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque and can vault from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds; plus, it can travel an EPA-estimated 315 miles on a charge. It even comes equipped with Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving Capability” option, which adds the full suite of adaptive driver assistance systems and promises to give the car the ability to truly drive itself, whenever Tesla cracks that nut.
The best part, though: the money you pay for your ticket (or tickets) will go to help Big Green, a charitable foundation that helps improve the lives and futures of children in need through food education and gardening programs. Good nutrition helps kids learn better, feel better and stay healthier, yet many children in poorer neighborhoods lack the high-quality food needed to grow up big and strong; Big Green steps in to help, providing resources for parents and teachers to educate kids about nutrition — and, of course, supply families with good, healthy food.
So, to recap: help children have a better today and tomorrow, and maybe win a sweet Tesla in the process. What’s not to like?