Tesla Model Y Standard Range AWD Launching Soon in North America: Report

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According to Troy Teslike (@TroyTeslike), who provides data-driven delivery estimates for Tesla every quarter, Tesla appears to be gearing up to launch a new Model Y Standard Range All-Wheel Drive (AWD) in North America.

According to the analyst, the new Model Y trim has already been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Where Tesla will produce the Model Y Standard Range AWD or what battery technology the new car will use remains to be seen, but Troy offered up two possible scenarios:

The information comes from a 2022 Datafile found on the FuelEconomy.gov website, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with data provided by the EPA.

According to the file, the 2022 Model Y Standard Range AWD would boast an EPA-approved range of 263 miles on a highway, 292 miles in the city, and 279 miles combined.

Troy believes there are two possible ways Tesla could move forward with Model Y Standard Range AWD production in the U.S. — they could either manufacture it in Fremont and move Model Y Performance and Model Y Long Range production over to Giga Texas, or keep producing Model Y Performance and Model Y LR at Fremont and start assembling Model Y Standard Range with 4680 cells at Giga Texas.

The analyst believes the second scenario to be more likely at this point, but he noted that the Model Y will be available everywhere across the U.S. in either case.

Tesla launched a Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) trim of the Model Y in North America early last year, but it wasn’t long before it was discontinued. The Model Y Standard Range RWD went on to launch in China later in the year.

Tesla has been producing the Model Y Performance and Model Y Long Range with 4680 cells and structural battery packs at Giga Texas for quite some time now, but deliveries from the facility are still one EPA approval away from starting.

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