Report: First Pre-Production Tesla Model Y Seen At Giga Austin

Is series production near?

The Tesla Giga Austin electric car plant in Texas has been under construction for about 400 days now, on track to start production in 2021.

Most recently, a photo of a completed Tesla Model Y at the production line (and an additional one in the background) emerged with a description that it might be one of the first pre-production units inside the General Assembly building.

Joe Tegtmeyer, who very closely tracks Tesla’s progress, actually indicated in early August that there is a high probability that “the first fully completed test Model Y (operational, but not street legal) will be built at Giga Texas within the next week.”

Most likely, it’s exactly this, which means that Tesla has achieved a major milestone and proof that we will see series production in Texas within a few months.

Other than that, the construction progress at the site – not only the buildings but also the surrounding infrastructure – is huge compared to about a month ago.

At one of the parking lots, adjacent to the plant, Tesla already installed dozens of destination charging points:

At this point, it’s not yet clear whether Tesla will use 4680-type cylindrical cells in the Model Y right from the beginning, or rather if it will initially use 2170-type. We guess that the second option is more likely.

The second confirmed vehicle – Tesla Cybertruck – was officially postponed to 2022.

A few more videos from Tesla Giga Austin:

Tesla Giga Austin (Gigafactory 5) in Austin, Texas:

  • started on July 17, 2020, and announced on July 23, 2020
  • Cybertruck: in development, unveiled in late 2019, production from late 2021
  • Model Y: an additional production site in the U.S. (no word about the Model 3)
  • Semi: in development. To be launched in 2021, but (not yet confirmed for Texas)
  • 2,481 acres of land (2,100 acres initially plus additional 381 acres acquired in September 2020)

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