The rumor of a Tesla Model Y with a range of 400 miles explained
There are rumors of an upcoming Tesla Model Y with a range of 400 miles after the automaker requested new versions of the electric SUV to be produced at Gigafactory Shanghai.
The rumors are exaggerated.
As we reported last week, Tesla has filed an application with the Chinese government to produce five more versions of the Model Y at the Gigafactory Shanghai.
An Australia-based publication, the conduit, released a report indicating that one of these versions will deliver a “super long range” of 640 km (398 miles) of range on a single charge.
Several other posts echoed the news, stating that Tesla is set to launch a 400-mile Model Y.
This is misleading because this 640 km figure is based on the NEDC driving cycle used in the Chinese market.
It is notoriously not representative of actual range under most normal driving conditions.
In Europe, Tesla uses the WLTP standard and lists the Model Y Dual Motor Long Range range to 505 km (314 miles) on a single charge.
As for the EPA driving cycle used in the United States, it allows Tesla to announce a range of 326 miles (525 km) for the Model Y with double long range motor.
In China, Tesla currently lists its longer-range version of the Model Y, Long Range AWD, as having a range of 594 km (369 miles) based on the NEDC standard.
Based on this information, if this new version of the Model Y performs better by around 46 km compared to the NEDC standard, it should have a longer range, but it should not be close to 640 km or 400 miles. actual driving. range.
In my opinion, it should have between 525 and 535 km (325 to 332 miles) of actual range or about the same as the EPA range in the United States for the current version of the Model Y.
You can ignore reports claiming the new Model Y will have a range of 400 miles.
This is reserved for the Model S for the moment.
However, it will be interesting to see what Tesla can do with the new Model Y with 4680 cells and a structural battery that will be produced at Gigafactory Berlin and Texas.
I don’t think Tesla will push much higher than 300 miles, but you never know.
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