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Tesla prepares to supply new Mannequin Y trim with 4680 cell for 2023

Tesla is getting ready to supply a brand new Mannequin Y trim for 2023 with a Commonplace Vary All-Wheel Drive configuration and 4680 batteries that simply landed approval from the Environmental Safety Company (EPA).

In October, we reported that Tesla had utilized for and earned Certificates of Conformity for varied Mannequin 3, Mannequin X, and Mannequin S trim ranges, however the Mannequin Y was by no means talked about within the EPA’s database. It was shocking however not alarming, as Tesla nonetheless had a number of months to use for and obtain approval to promote different autos that may fall underneath the 2023 mannequin yr.

The EPA has now added Tesla’s Mannequin Y Certificates of Conformity for 2023 fashions to its database, and as a substitute of simply receiving approval for the 2 configurations it already sells, Tesla acquired three Certificates of Conformity for the Mannequin Y. The EPA permitted the Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary All-Wheel-Drive, the Mannequin Y Efficiency All-Wheel-Drive, and now a brand new trim, which is listed as “Mannequin Y All-Wheel-Drive.”

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Curiously, Tesla had beforehand constructed a Mannequin Y with a Commonplace Vary All-Wheel-Drive powertrain at Gigafactory Texas in April however solely supplied it to staff. The car had 279 miles of vary and supplied a extra favorable AWD setup. Nevertheless, it was being bought at near $60,000, which was a significantly excessive price for the vary it supplied.

It was rumored that this was the Mannequin Y Tesla had constructed with the highly-anticipated 4680 cell for a while. Because it was solely out there to staff, this solely helped catalyze much more hypothesis that the car featured the automaker’s new cell chemistry.

The 4680 Mannequin Y is elusive. Workers like Tesla’s Senior VP of Powertrain Drew Baglino drives one, and the corporate is constructing 4680-equipped Mannequin Ys at Gigafactory Texas. Nevertheless, the corporate primarily delivers 2170-equipped Mannequin Ys to clients because the 4680 program is way from totally ramped.

Tesla utilized for approval of the three Mannequin Y configurations on September 30 and acquired Certificates of Conformity on October 19, EPA paperwork present. Particular vary scores for this trim haven’t but been launched by the company.

This might trace that Tesla is getting ready to ship extra 4680 Mannequin Ys to clients this yr. The car wanted to be assessed by the EPA earlier than it may be delivered to clients. Because it encompasses a new chemistry with totally different vary scores and energy outputs, it could have triggered the all-electric crossover to achieve approval barely later than the opposite three automobiles in Tesla’s lineup.

Tesla’s 4680 cells may enter mass manufacturing by the tip of the yr. The corporate has already been working with suppliers resembling Panasonic to develop prototypes of the cell in preparation for large-scale manufacturing in 2023. Kazuo Tadanobu, President and CEO of Panasonic Power Co., Ltd., mentioned Tesla’s 4680 cells will enter mass manufacturing on traces in Japan in Could 2023.

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Tesla prepares to launch 4680 Commonplace Vary AWD Mannequin Y for 2023



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