Tesla confirms that Model Y production started at Gigafactory Texas, and is now working on the final certification

Tesla confirmed that Model Y production started at Gigafactory Texas in late 2021, and now the company is working on “final certification” for the new version of the electric SUV being built at the new factory.

It seems that Tesla did not actually miss its goal of starting production at Gigafactory Texas by the end of 2021. The company confirmed its new earnings report for Q4 2021 that it started “building Model Ys”:

Buildings of Model Ys started in late 2021 at Gigafactory Texas.

This is not surprising given that many fully built Model Y vehicles were spotted at Gigafactory Texas over the past few weeks.

Tesla confirmed that it is now awaiting “final certification” of the new version of the Model Y built in Austin to start deliveries:

Following the final certification of the Austin-manufactured Model Y, we plan to start deliveries to customers.

As we reported last week, sources with knowledge of the case told Electrek that Tesla is now aiming to start deliveries of the new Model Y before the end of the quarter – probably towards the end of March. However, final approval is not solely dependent on Tesla and may be delayed.

No buyer has reported receiving a VIN for a Model Y from Austin to date.

In the Q4 report, Tesla released several new images of Gigafactory Texas, showing some progress in implementing production capacity:

Tesla Gigafactory Texas General Assembly

Tesla Gigafactory Texas Painting Store

Tesla Gigafactory Texas attaches seats to structural package

The last picture shows one of the innovations included in the new Model Y built in Austin. With the structural battery pack consisting of the floor of the vehicle body, Tesla can attach the seats directly to it to simplify the assembly process.

Although Tesla did not exactly confirm that the new Model Y in Austin will include the new 4680 cells in the structural package, it did so almost by distinguishing that the first new Model Y built at Gigafactory Berlin will have 2170 cells.

We expect Tesla to provide more details in the earnings conference, which starts at. 5:30 ET.

Follow our Tesla earnings news hub for all the details and newsworthy information coming out of the conference call.

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