The Texas-Made Tesla Model Y 2022 Update Is Here! The wait has been long and the hype was great, but now the time has come, it’s finally here!
The all-new car will be unveiled by CEO Elon Musk in July 2022 at an event held in Dallas, Texas. At this point, we know very little about the new Model Y other than that it will be built on a different platform to the Model X and feature an all-new interior with improved features.
On May 17, 2017, Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk announced to an audience of fans and followers that a new SUV model was in the works. This news made waves among automotive critics and car enthusiasts alike as they wondered what Musk would choose to name his upcoming vehicle. Speculation ran rampant on social media channels as auto enthusiasts shared their thoughts on everything from possible names for a new model to when it might go into production. On October 16, 2017, Musk took another large step towards building his highly anticipated next-generation SUV by announcing that it would be known as Model Y. This news was met with mixed reactions from both diehard fans and industry pundits who questioned whether or not Elon Musk had chosen a suitable name for such an important vehicle.
Two months after Musk revealed his plans for a new electric SUV, rumours began to circulate that he had begun making plans to build a second assembly plant in Texas. Several news outlets reported that Musk had entered preliminary discussions with local officials in Dallas and Austin about a possible site. These rumours gained credence after several key figures, including state legislators and members of Dallas’ business community, offered their full support for Musk’s manufacturing efforts. On March 6, 2018, Musk took another big step towards building his next-generation vehicle by announcing that he had chosen Texas as the home for his Model Y production facility.
Do you want to save money?
Aside from looking out for sales, waiting to buy your car until it’s off-lease is another way to save some money. The average cost of a new car purchase is around $36,000. Considering that most leases last three years and end up being sold back to dealers, you could potentially buy a three-year-old used version of that same car for $25,000 or less. You’ll lose some convenience with buying a used car, but you’ll also save tens of thousands in depreciation. And don’t forget that Texas offers state tax credits for those who purchase electric vehicles! For more information on these perks check out our previous post about buying an electric vehicle in Texas (or use one of our new electric cars for rent service!). Best of all?
Safety and range
Although we still don’t know exactly when or where Tesla will build its new factory, we do know it will be built in Texas, according to Musk. To make sure that it can take advantage of local safety and engineering programs, Elon is reportedly looking for a site near Dallas-Fort Worth. Unfortunately, he says that the plant won’t be up and running until late 2020. That means many Texans might have to wait over a year before they can drive their Tesla Model Ys home for Christmas (if there are any left on dealer lots by then). But when it does arrive, there should be some welcome news—Musk says that we shouldn’t expect too much of an increase in price.
Although we won’t know where exactly Tesla will build its new plant until later in 2019, we do know that it will be built somewhere in Texas. That’s welcome news for Texans who are concerned about safety. According to Musk, most states have a quota of accidents per 1 million miles driven, and Texas is one of only five that exceeds those quotas. But more importantly, Texans are reportedly some of the safest drivers on America’s roads, meaning that you’re less likely to get into an accident here than pretty much anywhere else in America. More good news: Musk also says that it shouldn’t cost much more to manufacture your Tesla Model Y in Texas than it does now.
How long will it take to charge?
If you are headed out of town, you can expect to find one of three things when you pull into a gas station. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ll have access to electric charging stations at just about every gas station in America—including Chevron, Shell, BP, and Sheetz. A full charge will take as little as 15 minutes (if you are using a CCS quick charger) or up to five hours with a Level 2 home charger.
The bad news is that you’ll be limited to charging at Level 2 speed (about 6 miles of range per hour on a 20-amp outlet), which makes long trips tough. For example, a road trip from New York City to Los Angeles would require stopping to charge every 80 miles or so (assuming an average speed of 65 miles per hour). The good news is that you can use CHAdeMO quick charging at many fast-food restaurants, as well as Destination Chargers (installed at hotels, restaurants, and other businesses). While these chargers aren’t everywhere yet, they are quickly growing in number. This will allow cross-country travel when you do your research ahead of time.
The model has a range of 400 miles and can travel up to 200 mph on superhighways. In addition, there are multiple configurations available, including rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD). There will also be 2 door coupe and 4 door models. With an increased capacity of 7 passengers, the model is perfect for families or those who love to travel. Furthermore, with more cargo space than most competitors (except for a full-sized pickup truck), it’s a great option for moving your things around town. Since it is electric, it won’t produce any emissions from its engines which helps reduce pollution as well as reduce noise pollution in urban areas since you won’t hear engine noise from any nearby vehicles.
While there is much excitement about how it will change our world, many are also asking where will it be made? If you live in Texas, you don’t have to worry! After his inauguration, Current President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to do everything he could to make sure cars would be made in America. He immediately called Elon Musk and began discussing plans for a Tesla plant in Texas. With generous tax incentives offered by both state and federal governments, as well as an aggressive plan to make use of renewable energy sources, including solar panels (which are already being installed) and wind turbines on site.
All of our sources say that while a Texas factory is not finalized, it’s likely to be in either Dallas or Houston. The final decision will depend on where state and local governments are willing to offer incentives. With an announcement so close, you can bet incentives will be a big factor in deciding who gets to build Tesla’s next Gigafactory. We’ve already heard that officials in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have all been working with Tesla; whichever one says yes first could get some very sweet news soon!
We do know that it’ll be one of Tesla’s new battery cell production lines. These are very large machines that can produce thousands of cells per minute. Cells will be used to make battery packs, which will provide power to our future fleet of electric vehicles. But before any cars can go into production, they’ll need a way to get them there! That’s where logistics come in…
If you love crossovers and SUVs as much as we do, then you’re probably excited about Toyota’s recent announcement of a new mid-cycle update for its popular RAV4 crossover. It might not be dramatic, but it does offer new features like a power tailgate, an aluminium roof and adaptive suspension. This year also marks an interesting moment in what it means to be made in America. With Nissan moving production of its Altima from Smyrna, Tennessee to Canton, Mississippi and Honda shifting Ohio production of its Accord to Marysville Auto Plant West (the former Hyundai facility), carmakers are slowly starting to build where they sell—for now at least.
When it comes to mid-cycle updates, SUVs and crossover shoppers have plenty of choices. The mid-cycle facelift will be offered on every trim level (L, LE, XLE, SE and Limited) but at an additional cost of $1,000 on top of a customer’s existing lease or purchase. That fee doesn’t include Toyota Care maintenance or any optional packages customers might add to their RAV4. If that price is too much for you—or you prefer something different—there are still many great options to consider like Honda’s CR-V or Chevy’s Equinox.