Good news, Tesla fans — a fleet of brand new Tesla Model Y vehicles has been spotted at the Gigafactory in Texas, and it looks like they are being prepped for deliveries. Could this be the delivery of the first structural battery pack vehicles?
Late last year, Tesla revealed that — despite production delays — the first ‘builds’ of the new Model Y EVs had been fulfilled at the factory. Apparently, Tesla hopes to deliver these new vehicles to waiting consumers by the end of the quarter.
With this in mind, fans of the automaker have kept their eyes peeled for any hint of imminent delivery and, earlier this week videos shared by Tesla employees featured Model Y vehicles in Tesla production lines and in a prep area at the Gigafactory. Now, Jeff Roberts, who often flies his drone over Gigafactory Texas, has tweeted images that show dozens of Model Y vehicles seemingly being lined up for transportation.
This is exciting news, as the delivery of these Model Y vehicles will mark the launch of a new version of the electric SUV featuring Tesla’s new structural battery pack and 4680 battery cells. This new technology packages large cylindrical cells into a single module battery pack, which also acts as the structural platform on which you install the vehicle’s body. As you might recall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has praised the technology as a “manufacturing revolution” in the automotive industry.
Tesla has yet to reveal how the new architecture is going to affect the specs of the new version of the Model Y, but the details are expected to come out soon after the EPA and NHTSA approve the new version for deliveries to customers. Presumably, once Tesla receives full EPA and NHTSA approval, the official, long-awaited delivery of these new Model Y vehicles will begin.