Tesla Has Begun Delivering Model Y Long Range With 2170 Cells & Updated Interior From Giga Texas
Back in April, Tesla inaugurated the company’s newest manufacturing plant in Austin Texas. At The Giga Texas opening party, Tesla also started delivering the first of the refreshed Model Y’s with the 4680 cells and a structural battery pack.
At the time, Tesla did not share the specs of the new vehicle however, soon after we learned the refreshed Model Y has a 279-mile EPA range, 5 seconds 0 to 60 time, and a starting price of $59,990.
The specs of the new vehicle are considerably less than the Model Y Long Range Tesla is currently producing at its Fremont, California plant. The Model Y Long Range has a 330-mile EPA range, 4.8 seconds 0 to 60 mph time, and after a spate of price increases now starts at $68,000.
Given the higher specs of the older Model Y variant, there were questions asking if the refreshed Model Y has a software-limited battery pack and if the vehicle is actually more capable than Tesla has led us to believe.
And a few days ago, this theory got more credence when we reported that Tesla has begun manufacturing a Model Y Long Range variant out of Giga Texas. The theory at the time was, that this new Model Y variant being produced at Tesla’s Austin factory is actually the 4680 Model Y without any software limitation.
However, fast forward to today, and we have gotten our first report that Tesla has started delivering the Giga Texas built Model Y Long Range. And according to Drive Tesla Canada, which was able to talk to a couple of new owners, the Giga Texas Model Y actually comes with the last generation 2170 cells.
Drive Tesla Canada says, one of the owners was able to get this information from his Tesla Delivery Advisor, who confirmed to him that the new Model Y out of Giga Texas does not have the 4680 cells and is powered by the last generation 2170 cells.
In the face of it, this could sound disappointing however, the fact that Model Y Long Range out of Giga Texas is powered by the 2170 cells means, Tesla has finished setting up a second Model Y production line at the Austin facility.
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Another good news is that the Giga Texas Model Y Long Range also comes with some of the new interior features present in the 4680 Model Y such as a parcel shelf.
Besides that, from our understanding, the Giga Texas Model Y Long Range is practically identical to the one produced at Tesla’s Fremont California plant. However, we will be sure to keep you posted if we learn the vehicles have more differences.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to learn Tesla has already finished setting up a second Model Y production line at Giga Texas? Also, which vehicle do you prefer, the refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells or the Model Y Long Range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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