With a most extreme EPA-rated driving range of 326 miles, the Tesla Model Y Long Range has the least range in the Tesla model family: the Model 3 Long Range can last 353 miles, while the Model S Long Range can go for up to 405 miles prior to running out of juice. Nonetheless, if documents filed in China seen by Australia’s The Driven are anything to pass by, Tesla is intending to give the mainstream electric crossover a significant update as the battery technology constantly improves.
As indicated by the documents, the new “super long-range” variant registered in China will have 640-km of driving range dependent on China’s NEDC cycle – that is around 397 miles.
This generally translates to a real-world driving range of 351 miles dependent on the more stringent EPA cycle used in the US, however the advertised range could be more like 400 miles. This will put the Model Y miles in front of the competition with regards to range. The most efficient Ford Mustang Mach-E California 1 offers a reach EPA-rated range of 305 miles, while the RWD Volkswagen ID.4 will last up to 250 miles on a single charge.
It isn’t known which battery pack will power the “super long-range” Model Y, however the documents affirm it will have a dual-motor setup with a 137-kW (183-hp) front motor and a 184-kW (246-hp) rear motor.
Joined, this setup will create 429 miles and 412 lb-ft of torque. It could utilize Tesla’s new 4680 battery cell, which is five times bigger than the current 2170 battery cell utilized in the Model Y taking into account more energy storage.
This will not be the first time the Model Y’s range has expanded. Last year, a software update expanded the range of the Model Y Long Range from 315 to 326 miles. It isn’t clear when Tesla will carry out the new expanded range variant, yet it could launch later this year to keep Tesla in front of the competition, and diminish general range anxiety.
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