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Refreshed Tesla Model Y Produced At Giga Texas Spotted Testing On Public Roads

A new video shows the refreshed Model Y driving around Giga Texas. This marks the first time the vehicle has been seen out in the wild.

Tesla is currently in the process of massively increasing vehicle production capacity. The EV maker is not only building two new humongous factories on 2 continents but Tesla is also in the process of significantly increasing production capacity at 2 of the companies existing plants.

Of these daring expansion projects, arguably the most exciting is Tesla’s mile-long factory in Austin, Texas. Since Tesla moved its headquarters to Austin, Giga Texas will be the factory closest to the headquarters.

This means, going forward Giga Texas will be the initial testbed for the EV maker’s newest, most daring, and bleeding-edge projects.

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And the first vehicle expected to roll off the production line at Giga Texas is the refreshed Model Y. From the outside, the refreshed Model Y is largely the same as the current Model Y, however, underneath the vehicle packs several important upgrades.

According to Tesla, the refreshed Model Y, which will begin deliveries in the coming few weeks, will come with Tesla’s latest 4680 batteries. At the EV maker’s Battery Day event, Tesla said the 4680 cells allow for up to 54% range increase as compared to the 2170 cells that ship with the current Model 3 and Model Y.

In addition to the 4680 cells, the refreshed Model Y is also expected to be the first Tesla where both the front and rear chassis are made out of a single piece of cast aluminum. Previously Elon Musk has said, the new Model Y will be the most advanced vehicle in the world with two-thirds of the body cast.

However, the improvement list doesn’t end there. The refreshed Model Y according to Musk is also expected to come with a stunning new paint scheme that subtly changes with curvature and a new wiring system that can decrease the wires in the vehicle by up to 90%.

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Given all the new technologies the refreshed Model Y is expected to come with, we can’t wait to see the vehicle out on the road. And lucky for us, Jeff Roberts from the namesake YouTube channel, spotted the refreshed Model Y testing around Giga Texas.

Jeff Roberts flies a drone over Giga Texas and documents the factory’s progress. However, Roberts spotted the refreshed Model Y after he wrapped up shooting his latest video and was driving back.

While waiting to make a left turn Roberts noticed a black Model Y heading out of the factory on the newly named Tesla Road. The Model Y stood out to Roberts because it did not have a license plate signaling the spotted Model Y was produced at Giga Texas. You can see the new Model Y in Robert’s video at the 13:39 mark.

This marks the first time a refreshed Model Y was spotted driving out in the wild. As I have said earlier, most of the differences between the current and refreshed Model Y are under the “hood” as a result we will have to wait until the vehicles’ are in customers’ hands to truly appreciate the difference.

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As of now, it’s not exactly clear when Tesla will start delivering the refreshed Model Y besides saying in early 2022. However, in a couple of days, Tesla will hold the company’s Q4 2021 earnings call and we should know more then.

We will be sure to keep you updated regarding the refreshed Model Y as more information comes out. Make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

Image: Screen Shot From Jeff Roberts YouTube channel

So what do you think? Excited to see the refreshed Model Y out on the roads? Are you able to spot any differences? Let me know your thoughts 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.


tangible (not verified)    January 25, 2022 - 12:51AM

Stop the hype. It's not a 'refreshed MY made in Austin'. ALL the completed MY vehicles spotted at Texas have been made in FREMONT, shipped to Austin, and recertified as sold from Austin in order to avoid taxes in CA or to be Austin employee vehicles.
Proof? Visit drone flyovers and see the DEC 16 2021 tags in the rear windows.