Tesla would prepare a new entry-level Model 3 with better autonomy

Tesla would prepare a new entry-level Model 3 with better autonomy


In China, Tesla is negotiating with battery giant CATL to increase the autonomy of Model 3 Propulsion. On the plan: 10% increase in freedom. Unless this new battery is intended for the Model Y Propulsion…

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used to improve the autonomy of its vehicles. Especially with its entry-level Model 3. While between 2019 and 2020, the cheapest Model 3 (Standard Range Plus) had a WLTP range of 409 km, this increased to 448 km in 2021 and now 510 km on Propulsion with 18-inch Aero rims. This increase of autonomy was possible with large capacity batteries: 50 kWh then 55 kWh and finally 60 kWh. It seems that Tesla is preparing a new increase in autonomy for the coming months.

New battery for 2023?

According to Chinese media i don’t have, the Tesla factory in Shanghai is preparing the launch of the new Model 3 Propulsion. Or more specifically, the American manufacturer is preparing a new battery partnership from CATL with LMFP (Lithium-manganese-iron-phosphate) M3P technology, to replace LFP current (Lithium-iron-phosphate). This new battery would increase the theoretical autonomy of the Model 3 Propulsion by 10%, i.e. 560 km on the European WLTP cycle.

Note that in terms of time, during the announcement since the start of the production of M3P batteries last July, the Chinese giant CATL had planned mass delivery by 2023. If this Model 3 inspiration ever saw the light of day, it wouldn’t be right now.

Is the battery intended for use with Model Y Propulsion?

Information taken from a Chinese website Wall Street News contacted Tesla China who denied these rumours. It is possible that this new battery is intended for the Model Y Propulsion produced in China (and reserved only for the Asian market at the moment) to increase its autonomy. Currently offered with 455 km of WLTP range, the conceptual Model Y Propulsion with this new battery could then exceed 500 km of theoretical range.

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Furthermore, another rumor announces the imminent arrival of this entry-level Model Y in Europe, thanks to LFP batteries from BYD that would be received by Tesla’s Berlin factory. Are these different statements related? It remains only to wait for the possibility of formalizing these models with an American company.

Elon Musk wants freedom, but not too much

For the record, Elon Musk refused to sell a Model Y with 400 kilometers of autonomy in 2020. But with the change in battery and therefore increased autonomy, we can expect to see this Propulsion Model Y landing around the world in the coming months. , at a lower price than the Long Autonomy version, by several thousand euros. It is already offered in the United States, but only to company employees.

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