May 19, 2021 - 12:16 pm

Texas-built Model Y to be fitted with 4680 battery cells

Tesla wants to equip the Model Y which will roll off the production line at the upcoming Gigafactory in Texas, with the new 4680 battery cells right from the start. There are also reports that up to 20,000 vehicles cannot be delivered because of a missing part.

In Texas, it was initially not clear which batteries the Model Y built in Austin would have. According to the 2020 annual report, Tesla is aiming to produce and deliver the first vehicles in Giga Texas at the end of 2021. This timeline raised speculation as to whether the Model Ys built in Texas could initially rely on the 2170 cells from Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, as used in the Model 3 and Model Y from Fremont.

When asked whether 2170 cells or 4680 cells would be used, Elon Musk replied on Twitter: “4680”. Musk did not specify in his monosyllabic answer where these cells are to come from by the end of 2021 and how many Tesla plans to produce.

Meanwhile, Electrek reports that the electric car manufacturer is currently struggling with delivery problems. According to the report, 10,000 to 20,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars produced at the Fremont plant cannot yet be delivered because an unknown part is missing.

The necessary rework is expected to be minor, as Tesla still transports the vehicles to the delivery centres and does not keep them at the factory. The repair will therefore be carried out on site. Nevertheless, the delivery stop will probably not remain without consequences: The rework on the vehicles that cannot be delivered will tie up service capacities, and delivery logistics will also be affected towards the end of the quarter.

As Electrek reports, the number of affected vehicles could rise further, as there is still no solution for the repair or a timetable for it. There is no known production stop, so more vehicles are being produced in stockpiles every day.

In Europe, Tesla is preparing to launch in two more countries regardless. A few days ago, the configurator was activated in Hungary and Romania.

twitter.com (Texas), electrek.co (missing parts), twitter.com (Hungary & Romania)

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20 Kommentare zu “Texas-built Model Y to be fitted with 4680 battery cells

  1. Edward Goldfarb

    Stop and think about this: Everyday there are so many negative comments about Tesla. Every time there is a mishap it’s blown out of proportion and blasted all over the media. However, we don’t hear about the millions of mishaps of ICE cars. Because all the ICE car manufacturers, petroleum companies, ICE mechanics and all other industries involved with the ICE cars supply chain wants Tesla to fail. They will publish ANYTHING remotely negative about Tesla. For this reason and knowing they know many consumers are gullible, take what they read and hear as fact and believe these lies and half truths. Our Model 3 is the best car I’veeverowned! I’ve owned Porches, Vetts, Z’s so I’m talking from experience.

    • Jack Smith

      I’ve only owned gas vehicles and I’ve had stuff with massive factory defects. And my wife and I have both had entirely different general motors vehicles that had the same factory defect and it was very expensive. A Silverado pickup and a Pontiac, and both had defective intake gaskets that would leak antifreeze into the oil. This defect went on for several years and general motors was charging people to repair people’s vehicles that had it. And that’s just one example out of many.

    • King rocker

      After all those Porsches, one would think you could afford a model S.

      • Kalena

        Maybe he’s not an infantile Troll who values other things more important than status? Maybe when you grow up you will figure this out Too! Not hose a man’s opinion because somehow you feel you know it all?

    • Christopher McBurney

      Tesla’s are amazing…everyone knows that. Whether they want to admit it is another story. Great, great cars.

  2. Jack Smith

    Why doesn’t this article tell you what is so significant about 4680 cells? To 99% of the population 4680 means nothing. A brief explanation about what this means would be nice in this article.

    • Team electrive

      Hi Jack, fair point indeed – many of our readers are “industry” and we have been doing this for a while so it is too easy to forget. Thanks for the reminder! So, the new 4680 battery cells (that’s the format of 46mm x 80mm) were announced last September and are essentially bigger and claimed to be better (and more cost-effective), not the least because of advances in production. The key will be the use of a dry electrode, to rely primarily on nickel, and in the new Tesla cars, the batteries will serve as an entirely structural component. Hoping this helps, otherwise,
      this is the full rundown: https://www.electrive.com/2020/09/23/tesla-battery-day-tabless-4680-cell-and-in-house-production/

      • Don Norman

        Great explanation. Thank you.

      • Gary MacWilliams

        Interesting. Thanks

      • Rob

        4680 is has 5 syllables, not 1
        Just saying

        It sounded almost as if it were a negative that Elon responded with a one word/number tweet. I like when he is succinct.

    • Gary MacWilliams

      Yeah. I have no idea.

  3. Rick

    Has anyone published a comparison of all the batteries used in all EV’s?

  4. CPT Accuracy

    “4860” is more than one syllable no matter what way you say it

    • Shan

      Not when you say it as Pho (4) -oo (0).

      Ok, so wondering where the 8 and 6 went? They are silent numbers 😀

  5. Mike

    Teslas to me are more than a little long in the tooth with their rather boring aesthetics (humpy model Y, flat nosed model 3,etc.) Not terrible exciting for a somewhat premium priced car.

    • Stephen Kelly

      Lol….I love my Tesla Model 3…Best car I have ever owned…the tech and reliability is way beyond the legacy auto makers like GM and Toyota etc…this coming from a guy who used to fix these cars day in day out.

    • James Island

      It s odd to read your comment because every person that sees my model Y talks about how appealing the shape is. It’s also designed that way for maximum drag coefficient, which is extremely low.

  6. Mike

    Tesla’s to big to fail, I would wait 10 years for my car to be delivered.

  7. Paul B.

    I took the Model Y for a test drive yesterday and felt disoriented and a weird feeling. I used to get this when I used early cellphones and visiting aluminum smelters. Back then I realized I am very sensitive to electric fields, but never felt this way or had any problems in a Tesla Model 3.

    Are there are any studies on the new battery and its electrical radiation levels? My experience was so intense I’ve decided to stick with the Model 3 and I was totally bummed when realizing the disorientation was so bad it was going to be a show-stopper.

    Is there anyone else out there who has experienced a similar effect driving the Model Y with the new battery? I have scoured the Internet for information, but everything I found is on older electric vehicle battery technology (which has never bothered me in this way).

    • YURTLE THE TURTLE

      None of the Model Y’s out there are currently using the new battery Tech… at least I think that’s the case.

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