This is likely the model that showed up on the EPA’s FuelEconomy website last month with 279 miles of range.
Yesterday’s formal inauguration of Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas included many product updates from the firm, including the first automobile built at the new facility.
That would be the Tesla Model Y, which uses the new 4680 cylindrical-type cells in its structural battery pack. The Model Y Standard Range All-Wheel Drive is a new addition to the range that was observed at the Cyber Rodeo 15,000-person party in Austin.
This is most likely the model that was listed as having 279 miles of range on the EPA’s FuelEconomy webpage last month.
The model, wrapped in Cyber Rodeo vinyl, was noticed by Tesla Raj, who was at the grand opening ceremony, and the details he was able to check out on the vehicle’s infotainment screen appear to match the Model Y description uploaded to the EPA’s FuelEconomy website last month.
Decoding the VIN, for example, reveals that the vehicle was built in Giga, Texas, and is a Standard Range Model Y.
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Obviously, the new cylindrical-type 4680 cells are part of the new structural battery pack in the Tesla Model Y Standard Range. For the time being, the Model Y with the upgraded batteries is only being produced in Austin.
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The 4680 structural pack helps lower manufacturing costs by reducing the amount of parts utilised in the battery and vehicle. As a result, the car is lighter and has better crash performance.
The structural battery pack, according to Tesla, reduces the size of the pack manufacturing line by half when compared to the company’s other plants.
Tesla has begun manufacturing of the entry-level Model Y in Austin, which is unusual because the EV maker generally starts with the higher-end trims. According to Troy Teslike on Twitter, the answer could be that 4680 production is now slow.
According to him, Tesla should manufacture the Model Y SR AWD because it has a 68-kWh battery pack, whereas the Model Y LR AWD has an 82-kWh battery pack. Tesla can produce more cars since the base model requires fewer cells. Obviously, that’s just unconfirmed speculation for now, so do take that with a grain of salt.