Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Tesla would already manufacture the base Model Y in Germany, and with BYD batteries?

Tesla would be taking a very important step for the future of the ModelYsince its base version would have started to be manufactured in Germany. As reported TeslaMagthose of Elon Musk have started production of the standard variant of the electric SUV at the Gigafactory Berlin.

In this way, the cheapest Tesla Model Y would join the Great Autonomy and Performance models, which are already coming off the Teutonic production line. But there is another quite striking point in this news and that is that the electric car manufacturer would have chosen to implement a BYD structural battery on the German model.

Why would this last choice be curious? Because if this information is confirmed, Tesla would be providing the Model Y with the new Blade batteries of the aforementioned Chinese company. They consist of an innovative system of blade-shaped cells —thin and flexible— that are placed one next to the other to form the structure of the accumulator.

The impact of this determination could be reflected directly in charging power of the Tesla Model Y base made in Berlin. To understand it more easily, let’s look at the case of BYD Atto 3, which just uses the Blade batteries. The car of the Asian brand accepts a charge of up to 88 kWwhich supposedly allows you to recharge the battery from 30 to 80% in 29 minutes.

This is well below what is offered by the base Model Y currently sold in Europe, which uses CATL lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. Tesla’s rear-wheel drive crossover SUV accepts a maximum load of 170 kWwhich makes it clear that the difference between both technologies is notorious.

The Tesla Model Y base would soon arrive from the Giga Berlin

Nowadays, it sounds strange that Tesla could ever offer a standard Model Y with noticeably lower charging power to the version that already circulates on European roads. Of course, the information circulating is still unofficial, so it is still impossible to confirm or deny the use of a BYD structural battery.

What the news of the German base Model Y is generating is a lot of excitement before a possible further price reduction. Keep in mind that the cheapest model of Tesla’s electric SUV began offering in Europe in August 2022, imported from China. Since then, the vehicle has already suffered two significant price drops that today place it from 46,490 euros.

However, it is important to remember that in Spain this figure can be further reduced. This, thanks to the aid of the MOVES Plan and a special financing from Tesla Available until June 30.

Returning to Berlin, it stands to reason that a base Tesla Model Y produced there It can be even cheaper than the one that arrives from Shanghai. On paper it sounds doable, at least. Especially if we consider that Elon Musk’s great plan is for the SUV to become the best-selling car in the world. Something that until a few years ago seemed crazy, but today is closer to being real.

In fact, the Model Y was the third best-selling car in the world in 2022, trailing only two Toyota models. Of course, in the middle there is a lot of speculation and information that should be taken with a grain of salt. At the moment, it is unknown when the first units of the rear-wheel drive version of the German factory would come out. We will be attentive to the news.

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