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Tesla Begins Selling The Refreshed Model Y With 4680 Cells & Structural Pack Outside Of Texas

Tesla started refreshed 4680 Model Y deliveries at the Giga Texas opening event. However, initial deliveries were limited to Tesla employees. Later, Tesla widened the pool of individuals that could get the new vehicle to Austin, then the entire state of Texas. Now, Tesla has begun inviting Model Y reservation holders outside Texas to get the refreshed version of the all-electric crossover.


Tesla first started delivering the refreshed 4680 Model Y to customers at the Giga Texas opening party back in April. At the time, initial deliveries were limited to Tesla employees.

However, soon after the EV maker started reaching out to Model Y reservation holders in Austin Texas asking whether they would like to change their Model Y reservations to the new 4680 variants for faster delivery.

The refreshed Model Y is priced slightly lower than the 2170 Long range Model Y. The new variant of the all-electric crossover starts at $60,000 whereas the former starts at $65,000.

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Current wait times for a new Model Y order stretch as far as 9 months to more than a year. So having an opportunity for a quicker delivery has been a blessing for anyone lucky enough to get this offer from Tesla.

However, there are some drawbacks to getting the 4680 Model Y over the 2170 Long Range variant. First, the new Model Y only has 279 miles of EPA range this is 31 miles lower than the Long Range Model Y which has 318 miles of range.

The new Model Y also has worse performance than the Long Range version with 0 to 60mph time coming over 5 seconds as opposed to 4.8 seconds for the 2170 version. The charging speed is also a similar story with the 4680 version being capped at around 210KWh max speed whereas the 2170 version can reach up to 250KWh.

And all these compromises only get you a $5,000 discount. For this reason, several individuals who were approached by Tesla to change their order to the refreshed Model Y have reported declining the offer.

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However, lucky for those individuals who can’t wait to get their Model Y, this has meant Tesla has been forced to widen the offer to the entire state of Texas and beyond.

And now according to Drive Tesla, “4680 [Model Y] deliveries outside of Texas will begin this week. Just heard from someone in Vero Beach, Florida who has a VIN and delivery date.”

This means in the next few days we might be able to see the 4680 hit the streets outside of Texas. Currently, there are only a handful of 4680 Model Y’s which are not owned by Tesla employees.

As a result, it has been difficult to get reliable information regarding the new vehicle’s battery pack size and improvements. However, we will be sure to keep you updated as the 4680 Model Y reaches more hands.

Until then, make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

So what do you think? Excited to see the refreshed Model Y starting deliveries outside of Texas? Also, would you trade your Long Range Model Y reservation for the 4680 variant? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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David Hanson (not verified)    November 5, 2022 - 10:31AM

Tesla Model Y still overpriced. $75,000 (with tax) for a car with awful suspension and questionable build quality? And, who thinks you can actually get one with a 4680 battery. They need competition and will eventually get it when other companies get their act together and start getting product out there for purchase. Enjoy it while you can, Elon.