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Tesla Model Y (2022): The electric car is now made in Germany

Presentation and price: Model Y starts at just under 57,000 euros

The model Y is the latest series in the Tesla family. The SUV is based on the Model 3 and is the little brother of the Model X. The first copies were delivered in Germany in August 2021. The Tesla model Y is offered in two versions: one for range and one for performance. Tesla also has a version with seven seats in its range. However, this is not offered in Europe.

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Tesla Model Y

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The SUV starts at 56,990 euros – but there is an additional processing fee (980 euros); and the manufacturer’s share of the environmental bonus (2500 euros) has already been deducted. If you want full power, you have to put at least 63,990 euros on the table. The “real” purchase price before environmental bonus is for the range-optimized model Y So at 60,470 euros, for the performance variant it is 67,470 euros.

Gigafactory: Tesla factory opened in Grünheide

In the future, the model Y no longer come from China, but from the new “Gigafactory” in Grünheide (Brandenburg). The start of production, which was originally planned for July 2021, was delayed there because important permits were missing. But now the car factory was opened on March 22, 2022 after just 861 days of construction. At the same time, the first deliveries of the Model Y Performance with the seal “Made in Germany” started – the first 30 vehicles were even handed over to the customers personally by Tesla boss Elon Musk.
Tesla factory in Grünheide

The German Tesla plant in Grünheide was opened in March 2022: in the future, up to 500,000 models per year will leave the “Gigafactory”.


The plant near Berlin is the car manufacturer’s fourth gigafactory and the first in Europe. In the future, up to 500,000 cars a year will roll off the assembly line from there, making the plant Europe’s largest e-car factory.

As early as November 2021, five cars were built on a trial basis in the 227,000 square meter “Giga Berlin-Brandenburg”. More than 3,000 employees are already working at the new location, with up to 12,000 employees at full capacity.

Facelift: According to the leak, the Model Y will soon be able to load more

As a leak from the “Tesla Driver & Friends” forum shows, there should be an update for the Model Y that, exceptionally, does not affect the software, but the hardware. There were posted screenshots from a test program showing various changes in the SUV and the Model 3 sedan for the 2022 model year.

Tesla Model Y

The look of the Model Y will not change with the model update. Only the touchscreen’s user interface should clearly differ from the predecessor.

Apparently, the changes to the Tesla Model Y also include an increase in the permissible total mass. After the revision you will probably be allowed to load more. However, the leak does not show how many kilos will be added with the update. In addition, the performance model is to receive a new brake system.

New “Superhorn” combines horn, alarm tone and external loudspeaker

Other changes apply to Model 3 and Model Y together. After the Model S and Model X, the cheaper Teslas now also get the better AMD Ryzen processor with four cores for infotainment, as well as the new user interface for the touchscreen and a lithium-ion battery for the twelve-volt system.

In addition, the rear window will be fitted with acoustic glazing and there will be a completely new function called “Superhorn”. Horn, alarm system and external speakers are combined.

According to The Verge, the merging of the three signals could be used to discourage Tesla owners from turning off the outside speakers. This is used to reproduce the legally prescribed warning noise for pedestrians and cyclists, which some drivers have probably turned off independently in the past. With the “Superhorn”, however, this would mean that the horn and alarm system would no longer make a sound either.

The dimensions of the Tesla Model Y at a glance

● Length: 4751mm
● Width: 1921mm
● Height: 1624mm
● Trunk: 854-2041L (rear)/ 117L (front)
● Trailer load: max. 1600 kg

Test: Model Y is extremely easy to drive

AUTO BILD editor Hauke ​​Schrieber has already driven the Tesla Model Y in the USA, as “Dual Mode” with all-wheel drive: “I’ve driven Model 3 a few times, so the Model Y can’t surprise me. The technology is the same .

But even before leaving, the dimensions become clear: At 4.75 meters, the crossover is six centimeters longer, also seven centimeters wider and, above all, 18 centimeters higher than the Model 3. The difference can be seen in the huge storage space at the back, but above all on the back seat. Suddenly I (1.92 meters) have a lot of space over my head up to the huge panorama roof.

Tesla Model Y

There is nothing more than this 15-inch tablet in the cockpit. You can also watch Netflix there or play games – and much more.


One thing can be said about driving: it couldn’t be easier. If you’re paying attention, it seems impossible to cause an accident with the car because cameras and sensors are also watching out for you. The acceleration is familiar, although it doesn’t seem quite as blatant without the performance package. The roughness of the chassis on the bad US roads, on the other hand, is surprising.

As far as the range is concerned, the promised 533 kilometers should not be achieved in practice, although a new software version has made Tesla more efficient. Oh, and because there are always complaints about the material and workmanship: Our rental car (not a press car) had gap dimensions without any complaints and showed no major signs of wear even after 18,000 kilometers.” (Click here for the detailed Model Y driving report!)

Range and drive: Up to 533 kilometers according to WLTP are possible

Tesla offers two versions of the Model Y in Germany, currently both with all-wheel drive. The model with “maximum range” is the entry-level model, which has an output of 378 kW (514 hp). Tesla states a range of up to 533 kilometers according to WLTP. The sprint from zero to one hundred takes five seconds, finishing at 217 km/h. If the maximum performance of the Model Y is to be called up, the “Performance” model with 393 kW (534 hp) is available.

Technical data at a glance:

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Power consumption combined according to WLTP

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The Tesla Model Y Performance sprints from standstill to highway speed in 3.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 250 km/h. Here the range shrinks to 514 kilometers, but this value is only an estimate so far. Later there will be an entry-level version with rear-wheel drive and 255 kW (347 hp). Unlike previous Tesla models, the Americans offer a heat pump for the Model Y. It improves the range, especially in winter.

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