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