Tesla has started producing Model Y crossovers at its brand new factory near Berlin, Germany. Before the European site went live, people from various parts of the continent were taking delivery of imported Model Ys made in China. Are there any notable differences between Tesla models produced in different factories?
Tesla builds the popular Model Y electric crossover in multiple locations around the world. In fact, while still under construction at the company’s original factory in Fremont, California, Tesla is also manufacturing the Model Y in large numbers in China, not only for the local market, but also for export.
Today, Tesla is also producing at least two different Model Y variants at its new factory in Texas, and we’ve shared several reports of Model Y crossovers also rolling off the assembly line at the automaker’s Gigafactory near Berlin.
Interestingly, upon close inspection, people are learning that the Model Y SUVs built at Tesla’s various Gigafactories have some key differences, though many aren’t very obvious. Leave it to Richard to Symons RSEV YouTube channel to find some Model Y built in different factories and analyze them carefully.
Richard admits he wasn’t ready to make a video, so he’s filming from his phone, and it’s a bit noisy back home. Nevertheless, he came across a Tesla Model Y Performance produced in Berlin. For those unaware, Richard owns a Model Y Long Range that was built at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai.
To be clear, Richard confirms that the Model Y currently produced in Berlin does not use the new 4680 battery cells or structural pack, which is also the case with the China-made versions. It assumes that the German-made Model Y is equipped with LG cells and has a gross capacity of 79 kWh.
A quick look at the two Model Y crossovers reveals that they have different front seats, as well as different speakers or amplifiers, which provide better sound quality. However, one of the biggest changes noted by the Model Y owner during the event has to do with the car’s suspension system.
The Berlin Model Y has new springs, shock absorbers and other improved suspension parts. Apparently, it has a more comfortable ride than other Model Y SUVs, which is arguably a good thing since many car reviewers slammed the EV for its firm ride.
The German made Model Y appears to have a high quality paint job. However, Richard notes that all of the Model Ys he has seen that have come out of China have also had proper paint jobs. We also recently noted that it looks like Tesla is finally making some noticeable progress with the paint, fit and finish of its cars.
Other changes include more heavily bolstered front seats, an improved glove box opening mechanism, and upgraded interior materials inside the doors and next to the rear seats. Richard also introduces the new parcel shelf in the load area, which is now also integrated into the Chinese-made versions of the Model Y. There are also new and improved spacers for the hatch of the crossover.
Richard spends some time driving the German-made Model Y Performance, so be sure to watch the video for the remaining details. He clarifies that the crossover does not have a Track mode. Once you’ve watched the video, share your dishes with us in the comments section below.