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Tesla Model 3 & Model Y Will Get “Universal” Battery Pack “Soon”

We learned this week from a Tesla employee that the Model 3 and Model Y packs will soon be “universal” — the same for both of them.

In addition to some notes about the Tesla Semi battery and the Tesla Semi pilot production line “coming along,” we also learned this week that the Model 3 and Model Y packs will soon be “universal” — the same for both of them. I actually thought they were the same already (I guess I just assumed that), but it appears they have been somewhat different so far. It seems that the differences come down to manufacturing improvements Tesla (and/or Panasonic) has made for the Model Y batteries.

However, this only relates to US-built vehicles at the moment. The Model Y battery manufacturing improvements will be passed on to production of Model 3 batteries, presumably as Tesla is able to update the production lines, but none of this applies to the LFP batteries from CATL that the Model 3 that is made in Shanghai, China, uses.

One final note from that tweet indicates the heat pump that is in the Model Y will eventually be put into the Model 3 as well, as many people presumed would happen (but others did not). That will make heating up the Model 3 a bit more efficient (not that I personally need help with that in Southwest Florida).

Related stories aside from the ones linked above:

  1. Jerome — The Man, The Myth, The Tesla Super-Engineer — #CleanTechnica Interview
  2. Our Interview With Tesla President Jerome Guillen, Part Deux
  3. Tesla Semi Truck — 8 Questions
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