Tesla’s new Standard Range All-Wheel-Drive Model Y all-electric crossover with 4680 battery cells is present at the Cyber Rodeo event the automaker is holding at its new production facility in Austin, Texas.
Tesla is currently holding a 15,000-person event in Austin, displaying its new manufacturing facility where it will build its newest state-of-the-art vehicles. Among the products Tesla is showing off is the new Standard Range All-Wheel-Drive, which showed up on the EPA’s FuelEconomy website last month.
After Teslarati uncovered documents related to the approval of two new Model Y trim levels Tesla was planning to manufacture in the United States, the EPA added a mysterious new configuration of the crossover to its website. Unlike anything available on Tesla’s website, the new Model Y had 279 miles of all-electric range. It was added to the EPA’s FuelEconomy website after being approved by the agency, which awarded the vehicle a Certificate of Conformity in mid-February.
In mid-March, Tesla hacker green indicated the new Model Y configuration, which was listed as an SR+, or Standard Range Plus, trim level, was added to a software update the automaker was rolling out.
Now, Tesla Raj, who is in attendance at the Cyber Rodeo in Texas, is indicating a Model Y at the factory fits the description of the one added to the EPA’s FuelEconomy website last month.
Model Y Standard Range AWD? pic.twitter.com/e3pT5TziaE
— Tesla Raj (@tesla_raj) April 7, 2022
An online Tesla VIN Decoder shows the vehicle was manufactured at the new plant in Austin and is, in fact, a Standard Range version of the Model Y.
The reason Giga Texas is building a Model Y Standard Range with 4680 cells instead of a Long-Range version is that 4680 cell production is slow and SR has a 68 kWh battery instead of 82 kWh for LR. So, fewer cells are needed which means they can make more cars. pic.twitter.com/LM7NvAXjab
— Troy Teslike (@TroyTeslike) April 7, 2022
Tesla also said during its Q4 2021 Earnings Call that the Austin-made Model Y would pack the Structural Battery Pack and 4680 battery cells.
Tesla will live stream the event at 9 PM CT, where remarks from CEO Elon Musk are expected.
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