The first red Made-in-Texas (MIT) Tesla Model Y was spotted in late March and now there are some 23 (see Jeff Roberts' video at 2:40).
Besides that, there are close to 50 white MIT Model Ys (9:54) and, of course, an even higher number of black/blue cars.
According to TeslaNorth, Brad Sloan's video (see below at 10:35) indicates that the MIT Tesla Model Y will be equipped with a cargo cover, initially introduced in the Made-in-China (MIC) Tesla Model Y in November 2021 and more recently also in the version produced in Germany.
While the cargo cover is just a small improvement, the big one is the use of 4680-type cylindrical battery cells and structural battery packs.
It's expected that we will know more about the potentially most technologically advanced Model Y on April 7 at the "Cyber Rodeo" grand opening party at the plant.
There are a lot of questions about specs, as well as whether Tesla will be able to quickly produce cars powered by the all-new battery cells.
There are several potential options for the MIT Tesla Model Y:
- Long Range AWD (standard specs, but with 4680 cells)
- Performance (standard specs, but with 4680 cells)
- both versions (standard specs, but with 4680 cells)
- a completely new type/types with significantly different specs
A mystery hint of what to expect is the new Tesla Model Y AWD, which emerged on the EPA's website in March.
Tesla Giga Austin (Gigafactory 5) in Austin, Texas:
- works started on July 17, 2020 (announced on July 23, 2020)
- 2,481 acres of land (2,100 acres initially plus additional 381 acres acquired in September 2020)
- Model Y: launch is expected in Q1 2022 (an additional production site in the US)
It will be the first to use 4680-type cylindrical cells and structural battery packs
- Cybertruck: in development, unveiled in late 2019, production in 2023 at earliest