Tesla Model Y owner’s manual now features the vehicle’s battery structure pack. This change comes as the Model Y’s now are coming with a slightly different jacking procedure. Their lift points are different when compared with earlier produced vehicles. Though this change may seem minor, it shows how the company is planning to introduce another battery pack as well. The 4680 battery cells are expected to start sometime this year and those vehicles’ owner’s manuals are expected to have different details.
The reference to the Model Y’s structural pack was accompanied by an illustration outlining where the updated all-electric crossover’s lift points are. “The following illustration is provided to improve conceptual understanding. If your Model Y is equipped with a structural battery pack, the exact location of the lift points will differ slightly. Check the vehicle itself for the exact location of lift points,” the Model Y manual noted.
Furthermore, the references on the owner’s manual come out just as the 4680 battery cells are expected to start production in the coming months. As Tesla will be making different kinds of batteries, it is important to differentiate them. Earlier there was no specific reason to have details on the owner’s manual as all the batteries were mostly similar. Expect the LPF batteries and regular lithium batteries, which don’t change the configuration majorly. Giga Texas is expected to start the manufacturing of the new gaming changing battery cells. Such speculations have been abounding due to reports suggesting that Giga Texas’ Model Ys will be equipped with 4680 batteries. Recent aerial images from the Giga Texas complex have shown Model Y test bodies with spaces for what appears to be a structural battery as well.
Tesla structural batteries
The concept of structural batteries is different for Tesla vehicles. As the name suggests it has a structural platform. This paves the way for several advantages that Tesla could tap into. According to the company during its Battery Day event in September 2020, structural batteries would reinforce the Model Y’s body and chassis, therefore increasing its strength and safety. Use of 4680 battery cells is also expected to increase the range of the vehicle along with a decrease in manufacturing costs.
Over time, and as Tesla acquires more production capabilities, it would not be surprising if the Model Y’s current stablemates — the. Model S, Model 3, and Model X — also receive the structural battery treatment. As the upcoming models like Tesla Cybertruck and others will enter the market, the new batteries are expected to come with the vehicles.