Breaking: Tesla To Begin Fully Drivable Refreshed Model Y Test Vehicle Production At Giga Texas
An inside source familiar with Tesla’s Giga Texas and Giga Berlin construction timelines says - Tesla is planning to start test production of a drivable refreshed Model Y in Giga Texas as early as next week.
Tesla is currently building a new factory in Austin, Texas, and Grundeide, Germany. The German plant (Giga Berlin) began its construction several months ahead of Giga Texas.
However, previous reports from credible sources have suggested Giga Texas’ construction has moved so far ahead of Giga Berlin that Tesla is considering building the 4680 battery pack in Giga Texas, and shipping it to Giga Berlin.
According to the reports, this arrangement will last until Giga Berlin’s battery plant which is currently under construction becomes operational.
And now a report from Joe Tegtmeyer, from the namesake YouTube channel gives us more evidence of Giga Texas’ rapid progress.
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If you happen to be unfamiliar, Joe Tegtmeyer flies a drone over the Giga Texas mile-long factory and documents the plant’s progress several times a week.
Joe says recently he was able to talk to a trusted Tesla source who works on the ground at Giga Texas and who is also familiar with Giga Texas’s and Giga Berlin’s production timeline.
Joe says this source has given him information regarding Tesla’s Giga Texas production roadmap.
According to the source, Tesla is planning to build the first fully produced test Model Y next week at Giga Texas. The vehicle when it starts production will be fully operational but not street legal.
This means the vehicle will have all production parts including the front and rear casting, stamping, welding, painting, drivetrains, batteries, and interior.
However, Tesla does not plan to deliver this vehicle to customers but rather will be using it for tests and to train employees who will work on the production line.
The source says Tesla plans to begin customer deliverable refreshed Model Y production in early October which is only two months away.
The source was also able to confirm Giga Texas is about a month or so ahead of Giga Berlin’s Schedule.
You can watch Joe’s entire video detailing Model Y’s production timeline and his latest flyover of Giga Texas below.
This is a seminal moment for Tesla’s next phase of expansion. The Giga Texas Model Y is expected to be Tesla’s next-generation vehicle which will herald the EV maker’s next phase of rapid growth.
The refreshed Model Y is expected to come with all of Tesla’s breakthrough next-generation technologies. These include the 4680 batteries, a structural battery pack, and likely a new wiring system that will decrease the total length of wires in the vehicle from 700 meters to 100 meters.
All these changes are expected to improve the Model Y’s already amazing features, performance, handling, and range. In a previous article based on Elon Musk’s words, we have a reason to believe the refreshed Model Y which will be produced in Giga Berlin and Giga Texas will have 474 miles range.
This is definitely Tesla’s long-term goal, however, according to Musk if Tesla hasn’t ironed out 4680 battery mass-production by the time the Giga Texas and Giga Berlin Model Ys begin production, the EV maker will employ a staggered rollout of the new technologies throughout its product line.
Speaking at the company’s recent earnings call Musk said, “We’re also aiming to do a structural pack with 4680 cells, which is a mass reduction and a cost reduction, but we’re not counting on that as the only way to make things work.”
Musk added “we have some backup plan with a non-structural pack and 2170s essentially. But at a scale production, we obviously want to be using 4680s and structural pack. From a physics standpoint, this is the best architecture, and from an economic standpoint, it is the lowest-cost way to go, so the lightest, lowest cost.”
Hopefully, Tesla will improve the 4680 battery mass production in the next 2 months in time for the Giga Texas Model Y. We will keep you posted if we hear more information regarding Tesla’s progress. Make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited about the refreshed Model Y? Also will the new Model Y being so close to production make you hold off on your purchase? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.