Tesla launches Model Y with large battery and rear-wheel drive

A new variant of the Model Y is now available in Europe. The "Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive" variant has a WLTP range of 600 kilometres and is slightly more expensive than the regular "Rear-Wheel Drive" variant with the smaller battery.

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That means there are now four variants of the Model Y available, at least in some European countries. The configurators show the long-range version is available in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Germany, and Norway, among others. However, it is not (yet) sold in France, the Netherlands, and the UK, for example.

The base version of the Model Y, called “Rear-Wheel Drive,” has a WLTP range of up to 455 kilometres and is fitted with an LFP battery. The new “Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive” version can go up to 600 kilometres between charges. It has the 2170 round cell battery known from the all-wheel drive models. The “Long Range All-Wheel Drive” accelerates faster thanks to the second motor (5.0 instead of 5.9 seconds to 100 kph), but only has a WLTP range of 533 kilometres. The top model is the Model Y Performance, labelled “Performance All-Wheel Drive” in the configurator.

As usual, Tesla provides hardly any information about the drive itself in its configurator. The apparently leaked type approval indicates an output of 220 kW with a torque of 350 Nm. Consumption is said to be 15.5 kWh/100 km, which enables the high range with the known battery. By comparison, the all-wheel drive model consumes 16.9 kWh/100 km.

An interesting detail: Tesla has only had one rim variant certified in the WLTP. For the Model Y “Long Range All-Wheel Drive,” for example, these were the 20-inch rims for those 533 kilometres. It was previously said that with the 19-inch rims with aero hubcaps, the EV has an “estimated” range of 565 kilometres. Tesla has had both versions certified for the “Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive,” with 600 kilometres being achieved with the 19-inch wheels and 565 kilometres with the 20-inch induction wheels according to WLTP. In other words, even if comparing the WLTP ranges on paper suggests that the rear-wheel drive model offers almost 70 kilometres more range, the difference is more in the region of 30 kilometres when comparing the same rims.

Beyond that, there don’t seem to be any other differences to the Model Y with the same battery and the all-wheel drive available to date – the equipment and charging performance are the same. However, the difference lies in the price. For example, in Germany, the new variant is about 6,000 euros cheaper than the all-wheel drive model. The omitted components for the front electric motor alone cannot explain this difference.

In other countries, the difference is significantly smaller. In Belgium, the new model variant starts at 49,970 euros and thus costs only 3,000 euros less than the all-wheel drive version. The same is true for i.e. Spain and Denmark.

The new version is also built in Grünheide. Availability is very similar to all other drive variants: These are specified in the configurator as 2-3 weeks, whereas for the new model it is 2-4 weeks.

tesla.com (configurator, Denmark), tff-forum.de (type approval, in German)


about „Tesla launches Model Y with large battery and rear-wheel drive“
11.04.2024 um 12:09
You mean expensive?
12.04.2024 um 02:44
Expansive lol I couldn't go any further
Mike Sunderland
11.04.2024 um 17:15
No, actually with government incentives, you can get one quite cheap. I suppose that’s a perspective thing though.
11.04.2024 um 18:59
" However, the difference lies in the price. For example, in Germany, the new variant is about 6,000 euros cheaper than the all-wheel drive model. The omitted components for the front electric motor alone cannot explain this difference."In the US, the invoice for a Model Y shows USD$11K for adding the front motor. So yes, adding the front electric motor alone can explain the 6K euro difference.
12.04.2024 um 14:21
In the US the RWD is only available with the standard range battery, while the AWD is only available with the long range battery. So for that $11k you get a 2nd motor and an additional 19% range.
Francis Kinsler
12.04.2024 um 09:32
Why does the UK have to pay £45k for one of these?
Ðird īéì
13.04.2024 um 15:36
Because 1)model 3 looks like it's going to be UK's best selling car 2024 3)Brexit, rhd,import costs. 3)45k is really like 30k when you company lease it.
Dave Lewis
12.04.2024 um 18:32
Why would you buy one ?
12.04.2024 um 14:01
12.04.2024 um 13:10
Well said. Would really like to understand this position Tesla takes. I am very keen to buy a model Y but the cost, wow. Knock off 3 / 4k and I'd buy tomorrow.
12.04.2024 um 14:46
Not many RHD markets, so the few consumers there are pay for shutting down the line and restarting for RHD units, then switching back to LHD
Keith Dunderdale
12.04.2024 um 13:37
Being ripped off again in the GB wish the prices in Europe applied in £bp came to the same as advertised Too much tax in the GB and no incentives to go electric for the non fleet buyer 20%vat on the price in GB and if over 40£. BP we have to pay ridiculously high VED tax every year for 5 years also no grants all taken away to make us go electric what a joke
12.04.2024 um 15:44
So did you vote for Brexit or get screwed by those who did?
12.04.2024 um 18:26
Nothing to do with Brexit. UK car prices have always been higher.
12.04.2024 um 14:48
I was going to say that about the UK - what grants? Other countries have the right idea
John Monday
12.04.2024 um 13:42
I'm presently waiting for the new Y (Juniper) here in Tampa, Florida. I extended my present 2021 Y lease hoping that the Juniper will be here in the states December 2024. I have a $250 deposit held by Tesla to be applied to my Juniper purchase. My fingers are crossed :)
12.04.2024 um 15:27
it actually kinda makes sense to offer the long range battery and the AWD as separate options. more choice for the customers. the question is does it increase the production costs significantly ? I think the model Y has enough production to make sense to offer more variants and tesl limiting the variants is more a marketing/sales strategy
12.04.2024 um 18:37
Higher than in the US, yes. Higher than in Western Europe, no.
jim stack
12.04.2024 um 20:31
600 km is 372 miles. That is very good and more than most people need. It uses the 2170 cells. I wonder how it would do with the new CATL higher capacity cells Tesla is starting to make and use?
13.04.2024 um 09:35
The LR RWD range does not compute! 0.155 kWh/km x 600 km = 93 kWh. But the NCA was only 77 kWh. What battery is in there?
14.04.2024 um 16:23
Probably supply and demand. Much fewer countries doing right hand drive.
30.04.2024 um 17:17
But the LFP battery RWD car can be charged to 100% daily. I'll stick with the original RWD car.

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