by Morton E. . Sep 15, 2023
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Tesla has removed the base Model Y All-Wheel Drive (AWD) from its order page in the United States. With this change, the Model Y now only has two variants in the US: the Model Y Long Range Dual Motor AWD and the Model Y Performance.
Why it matters: The base Model Y AWD is believed to be the sole vehicle in Tesla's lineup today that was equipped with 4680 battery cells. It was also the cheapest Model Y in Tesla's US lineup, costing $47,740 before incentives.
The ramp and release of Tesla's 4680 cells, which were unveiled during 2020's Battery Day event, has been slower than expected. Tesla has reached some milestones with its 4680 program, with the company stating back in June that it has been able to produce its ten millionth 4680 cell at Giga Texas.
Produced our 10 millionth 4680 cell at Giga Texas this week! pic.twitter.com/0x2CNoDvCR— Tesla (@Tesla) June 16, 2023
Tesla's removal of the base Model Y AWD from its US order page suggests that the company is allocating Giga Texas' 4680 cell production to another project. Either that or Tesla's 4680 output is still lower than the company's expectations.
What's happening: With the removal of the Model Y AWD in the United States, the vehicle's starting price in the country now starts at $50,490 before incentives. The change also means that for now, there are likely no Model Ys that are being produced with 4680 battery cells.
The Tesla Cybertruck has long been expected to be equipped with 4680 battery cells. Giga Texas' 4680 output is likely still not enough to support the Model Y, Tesla's biggest seller today, but it may be enough to support the Cybertruck, which will only be produced in limited quantities this year.
BREAKING: Tesla has removed the Model Y AWD variant from their US website. This means the Model Y now starts at $50,490 in the US (before incentives).— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) September 15, 2023
Tesla might be wanting to allocate this 4680 cells production capacity for the Cybertruck. pic.twitter.com/9p24gnlvAt
Elon Musk has stated in the past that while the Cybertruck's first deliveries will happen this 2023, the pickup's real ramp will happen next year.
What we have: There is a reason why the Model Y became the world's best-selling car this year. It's an electric car that has tons of performance and utility. It's very spacious for its size, though its cabin, with its massive glass roof, could get pretty hot. Our Hansshow Model Y Integrated Electric Retractable Gas Roof Sunshade addresses this issue perfectly. It even features one-button opening and closing functions so it's easy to use.
The Model Y's cabin is also large enough for a comfortable car camping experience. For these purposes, we also offer a Tesla Model Y Refrigerator 35L App Control Trunk Fridge, which could keep beverages ice-cold. Take note that Sentry Mode or Camp Mode must be enabled so that the refrigerator continues to run even when the Model Y is locked.
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