The Tesla Model Y is one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. It is a spacious vehicle that offers many features and functionality. It is made with new injection molding machines, improved batteries and a new structural battery pack. What will be new in 2023?
The first Model Y vehicles equipped with the 4680 batteries came from Giga Texas with twin motors and two sections made from Giga casting. However, those first Model Y vehicles came with what seemed like mediocre specs:
326 miles EPA 7 seats 76 cubic feet of cargo AWS dual motors 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds Top speed of 135 mph
303 miles EPA 5 seats 76 cubic feet of cargo AWS dual motors 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds Top speed of 155 mph
What was up with a shorter range than the existing twin-engine Model Y, with a slightly lower price tag? Some people have gotten those cars and they are apparently a lot of fun. Tesla decided to manufacture the Model Y in the same way as Fremont, with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art production line.
Tesla still receives the 4680 battery packs from Giga Texas, but stocks them and does not currently put them in vehicles. The goal of Giga Texas is to reduce the waiting time of Model Y, along with Model 3 long-haul vehicles. That’s the difference Giga Texas makes to the Model Y. You can get a Model Y trim in as little as a month, cutting down on the wait time that hasn’t been seen in a while. Shorter wait times for Model Y are good.
2023 Features of the Model Y
One of the hallmarks of 2023 will be Tesla’s FSD software, which should make a wide release and be available for safety scores of at least 80 and above. However, this costs $15,000 in the US, and the cost is higher in Canada with FSD of $19,500.
A powered frunk could be one of the new features. Normally the frunk has to be lifted manually after it is unlocked. But Tesla’s latest software updates show that a powered operational frunk is on the way. Other EV brands already have this.
Steam integration for in-car gaming is also coming soon. All gamers will be excited about this and it will be a good thing, especially when FSD hits a wide release and robotaxis hits the market.
Steerless steering wheels are also likely to come and be converted to handlebar touch controls, similar to the Model S and Model X vehicles. It will probably still be a round handlebar. You will have to learn to use touch keys and the center touch screen instead of stealing.
A standard range of rear-wheel drive Model Y is a variation made at Giga Shanghai. It uses LFP batteries that contain much more iron. This is cheaper to produce and the batteries may have a lower density, but they also have a much longer life and can charge up to 100% without nearly as much degradation. These are much cheaper than the longer range models.
These new features are coming and we will see many more Model Y vehicles than ever before. Do you think all of these features will bring the Model Y out of 2023?
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