Tesla has confirmed in an inner e-mail that it plans to start deliveries of the Mannequin Y Efficiency from Grunheide in March. Beforehand, adjustments within the configurator solely hinted at this.
E-mail to staff in Germany, posted on German Tesla Drivers and Mates Discussion board (TFF), mentions March because the anticipated begin of deliveries for the Mannequin Y show from the German Gigafactory. “The mannequin show from Berlin is now additionally obtainable for order and is predicted to succeed in us by March,” the corporate wrote.
Observers had been already skeptical of this, because the configurator was modified in January. The supply date for the black and white Mannequin Y Efficiency is now March, for different paint finishes it’s Could – beforehand it was referred to as “early 2022” for the Efficiency model solely. A typical supply in March may additionally imply an import of the efficiency mannequin from China, however the e-mail confirms potential manufacturing in Germany.
The configuration replace additionally introduced another adjustments for the 2022 mannequin yr, together with the lengthy vary mannequin, which continues to reach from China. Due to a brand new battery, the Mannequin Y LR’s WLTP vary will increase from 507 to 533 km. Nevertheless, Tesla has solely homogenized the model with much less aerodynamic 20-inch rims based on WLTP. With 19-inch wheels, the Mannequin Y has an “estimated” vary of 565 km – however this isn’t the official WLTP worth, which is why 537 km is talked about within the configurator. With the brand new battery the Mannequin Y efficiency is listed as having a variety of as much as 514 kms, with the sooner configurator listed 480 kms.
The upper rated for “higher vitality density of the battery” can also be confirmed within the Tesla e-mail. The cells most likely nonetheless come from LGES, however the brand new battery known as “5L” internally, the predecessor was referred to as “5C”. The usable battery capability will enhance from about 77 to 79 kWh.
From a technical viewpoint, different adjustments for the 2022 mannequin yr embody a 15-volt lithium-ion battery to exchange the present 12-volt battery. As well as, a “sooner processor for higher operation” is put in, based on the Tesla e-mail. It’s more likely to be the AMD Ryzen identified from the Mannequin S refresh fairly than the Intel processor. Since some Mannequin Y efficiency vehicles in China have already been delivered with this processor, the transfer was anticipated.
Fascinating for passengers and drivers: To any extent further, the Mannequin Y will even be fitted with double-glazed home windows on the rear doorways to enhance acoustics. The now normal parcel shelf also needs to contribute to decreasing the noise from the baggage compartment. It additionally will get a greater music system and heated windscreen wiper blades.
All of the talked about adjustments, from the battery to the windscreen wipers, additionally apply to the Mannequin 3 with quick impact, and the vary right here will increase to an “estimated” vary of 626 km with 18-inch wheels and 602 km based on the WLTP. 19 inch wheels. One exception: the Mannequin 3 nonetheless solely has double-glazed home windows within the entrance doorways.
Giga Texas will even debut by March – however with 4680 cells
Grunheide is not the one place the place deliveries are scheduled to start within the first quarter. electrek Insider reviews that Tesla desires to ship the primary Mannequin Y from the brand new manufacturing unit in Texas earlier than the top of the primary quarter, in different phrases, by March. It stays to be seen whether or not standard battery packs with 2170 cells or structural battery packs with 4680 cells might be put in right here, as they had been initially in Grunheide. The latter is taken into account a chance. This could possibly be confirmed on Thursday night time when Tesla will current its 2021 monetary figures.
Since Mannequin Y manufacturing in Texas and manufacturing of 4680 cells is a number of months delayed, one other report from final weeks is much less shocking: based on info from ReutersTesla is suspending the beginning of Cybertruck manufacturing till the top of the primary quarter of 2023. The rationale for this isn’t solely the shortage of 4680 battery. Tesla is seeking to revamp the Cybertruck within the face of accelerating competitors within the electrical pickup truck phase.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.
teslamag.de (Grünheide), teslamag.de (in German, 2022 Mannequin Y), electrical.co (Texas), reuters.com (Cybertruck)