Tesla Model Y Overview Updated October 6, 2021

Tesla Model Y: The newest Tesla (for now)

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Tesla Model Y

As the newest EV to hit roads for Tesla, the Model Y CUV continues to grow in popularity as a more compact and affordable version of the Model X. It also shares the same platform as the cheapest Tesla in the Model 3, sharing much of the same EV DNA. Here is a background of how the Model Y came to be, along with a breakdown of everything you need to know before purchasing one of your own.

History of the Model Y

Even before the Model 3 made its official debut, Tesla and CEO Elon Musk were already teasing some early versions of the Model Y and its Falcon-Wing doors.

After several years of teasing the public, complete with vague references and silhouette images during shareholder meetings, Tesla finally announced its newest EV, the Model Y, on March 14, 2019.

Production began the following December at Tesla’s Fremont factory, and by March of 2020, the first Model Ys began delivering to customers.

While the initial production of the Model Y has taken place in Fremont, Tesla has made it clear that its future production will continue at its two new gigafactories – Giga Berlin, and Giga Texas. Both of which remain under construction

In the summer of 2020, Tesla revealed it would produce and sell its new Model Y in the Chinese market. Beginning in December of that year, Model Y production commenced at Giga Shanghai.

While the Model Y appears to more closely resemble the veteran Model X SUV because of its size and doors, it actually more closely matches the Model 3, sitting upon the same third-generation platform.

Here’s the latest Model Y news to get you up to speed with the newest of Tesla’s current EV fleet:

Performance specs

As a more affordable version of the Model X, and a roomier version of the Model 3, Tesla’s Model Y falls somewhere in between in terms of both pricing and performance.

As the newest Tesla model available, the Model Y was the first to feature Tesla’s heat pump in lieu of electric resistance for interior cabin heat and battery preconditioning. The heat pump has since been integrated into Tesla’s other models, along with other features like chrome delete trim.

Currently, the Model Y is available in two dual motor, AWD versions – Long Range and Performance. Both trims get their power from a 75 kWh battery pack.

The Long Range Model Y can travel an EPA-estimated 326 miles on a single charge, while reaching a top speed of 135 mph. All while traveling 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Tesla’s Performance Model Y offers a smaller EPA range of 303 miles, but can hit a top speed of 155 mph and can travel 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Recently, there were rumors about a 400 mile range Model Y after Tesla filed for new versions of the EV with the Chinese government. However, those rumors have been quite exaggerated.

Tesla Model Y

Standard Range RWD Model Y

In January of 2021, Tesla briefly launched a Standard Range RWD version of the Model Y on its website configurator. This single motor option offered 244 miles of range, a top speed of 135 mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds.

However, almost as quickly as it emerged, the Standard Range Model Y disappearedElectrek later reported that this Standard Range Model Y would remain available as an “off menu” item for customers who asked Tesla directly about it.

This was due to the fact that CEO Elon Musk was understandably not satisfied with its range. The future of the RWD Model Y remains quiet and uncertain, although it recently received an official EPA rating as one of the most efficient EVs in the world.

In July of 2021, Tesla’s website revealed the Standard Range RWD Model Y had in fact returned as an available option, but only in Hong Kong. In August, Tesla China began delivering the first Standard Range Model Y EVs to customers alongside a full ceremony in which they could pick up their keys and drive off in their new, decorated Tesla.

How much does a Tesla Model Y weigh?

Weight isn’t usually something the average consumer takes into consideration when buying a vehicle, but for those extra savvy Tesla fans, every pound counts when you’re trying to reach maximum efficiency. Especially on an EV like the Model Y, which currently remains Tesla’s second largest vehicle behind the Model X.

Both available versions of the Tesla Model Y currently weigh in at 4,416 lbs. That’s 834 more lbs. than its platform counterpart Model 3 Standard Range Plus, and 351 lbs. more than the other two Model 3 trims.

Other features

In the summer of 2020, Elon Musk told the media that when the Model Y (eventually) sees production at Giga Berlin, it would have a radical redesign of how the EV was manufactured.

This led to Tesla’s unibody casting machine known as the Megacast or Gigapress, combining the front and rear portions of the frame by injecting molten aluminum into one single-cast design.

This unique casting process will take place when Giga Berlin eventually opens, and is already underway in Fremont. Furthermore, the Tesla team has already tested the unibody press at Giga Texas, and plans to utilize it when it opens later this year.

Tesla Model Y / Source: Tesla

Model Y Tow Hitch

While a trailer hitch only comes standard on the Model X SUV, the Model Y is the second Tesla EV to come with the option as an available add-on.

We previously reported that Tesla’s Model 3 would soon be coming with a tow hitch option to match those same models in Europe, but we have yet to see it in the North America.

In the Model Y configurator on Tesla’s website, the tow hitch is currently available as an add-on for $1,000, and offers a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.

Seven seat interior

Much like its larger, older sibling in the Model X, the Model Y is only the second Tesla to offer seating for seven. Long before the Model Y ever saw deliveries, Tesla was promising a third-row, seven seat option to come.

Unfortunately, it would become a hyped feature that customers had to continually wait for following delay after delay.

By the time the first Model Ys began their initial deliveries in 2020, the third row seats were still not available. Musk later promised that deliveries would begin in early December of 2020.

December came and went without a seven seat Model Y, but Tesla eventually did add the third row option to its purchase page in 2021.

However, it is currently only available on the Long Range trim, and it leaves those third row passengers with very little headroom… and even less legroom.

Tesla Model Y third row

Tesla Model Y vs Model 3: How do they differ?

While the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 share the same platform, there remains quite a bit of difference between the two in terms of dimensions. Here’s a detailed breakdown.

Compared to the Model 3, the Model Y is:

  • 2.2 inches longer
  • 2.8 inches wider in terms of body width. With mirrors extended, it’s 1.6 inches wider.  With mirrors folded, it’s 1.2 inches wider
  • 7.1 inches taller
  • .6 inches longer wheelbase
  • 1.4 inches more front overhang, .2 inches less rear overhang
  • 1.1 inches higher ground clearance
  • 2.2 inch wider track on base wheels, 2.6/3 inch wider track front/rear on 21″ wheels

In terms of interior dimensions, the Model Y has:

  • .7 inches more front headroom and 1.7in more rear headroom
  • .9 inches less front legroom and 5.3 inches more rear legroom
  • Shoulder room is virtually the same
  • .4 inches more front hip room and 1.8 inches less rear hip room
  • 53 cubic feet more rated cargo volume

How much does a Tesla Model Y cost?

When learning about the Model Y or any of the other models currently available, one of the first questions is always, How much does this Tesla cost? And for good reason.

Prices vary depending on what trim you choose, plus a number of add-ons like the aforementioned tow hitch. To give you the full range of what you might pay for a new Model Y, we’re going to give you the high and low end of both variations.

Note: Tesla prices are perpetually fluctuating, but all prices are accurate at the time of this posting and do not include any destination fees, taxes, or federal tax rebates.

The Long Range Model Y price starts at $54,990 and can be priced as high as $73,990 with all available add-ons. This includes red paint, white interior, 20″ Induction wheels, tow hitch, seven seats, and full self-driving (FSD) capabilities.

The Performance Model Y begins at $61,990 for the bare bones version, and can jump as high as $75,990 including the previously mentioned add-ons as well as 21″ Überturbine wheels.

Note – this version only comes with five seats.

How long does it take to charge a Model Y?

Much like the Tesla Model Y pricing, several factors contribute to how quickly (or slowly) you can get your EV recharged and back on the road.

To begin, make sure you have a clear understanding of EV charging standards and how they vary. 

After that, you should be able to better understand the levels of charging, and what sort of times you can expect from each of them with your Tesla.

Charge times can and will vary, but here’s a breakdown of Tesla charge speeds:

  • AC Level 1(110-120V outlet at home): 20-40 hours
  • Level 2 (220-240V – Third party chargers/Tesla chargers/Tesla home charger): 8-12 hours
  • DC fast charger Level 3 (480+ volts – Third party chargers/Tesla Supercharger): 15-25 minutes

The Tesla Supercharger network remains the best choice for long road trips or when you need a quick charge to get to your destination. That being said, the Supercharger network’s massive direct current (DC) is not recommended for daily charging.

Tesla still recommends charging at home with Level 2 whenever possible.

To learn more about Tesla’s Supercharger network, check out our detailed guide.

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model Y?

Again, there are a number of different factors that contribute to this price. This includes what state you live in, the level of charging you’re connected to, and even what time of day it is.

By studying average residential energy costs in the US from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), we can estimate the approximate cost to charge at home on either a Level 1 or Level 2 AC charger.

Cost to charge at home

On its 74 kWh battery, a Tesla Model Y will cost approximately $12.35 on average to fully charge from 0-100% in the US. These numbers also account for an 85% charging efficiency.

In terms of mileage, a Model Y Long Range will cost about $0.038 per mile or $3.79 per 100 miles of range.

The Performance Model Y comes out to about $0.041 per mile, or $4.08 for 100 miles.

Cost to charge at a Tesla Supercharger

Currently, the average commercial cost of electricity in the US is $0.11 per kWh. Accounting for 95% charging efficiency, it will cost a Tesla Model Y owner roughly $8.68 to charge on a Supercharger or DCFC equivalent.

In terms of mileage, the Long Range Model Y costs approximately $0.027 per mile or $2.66 per 100 miles. The Performance Model Y costs about $0.029 per mile and $2.87 for 100 miles of range.

You can check out how much it costs to charge a Tesla in greater detail here. Especially if you’re wondering what charging efficiency is.

Model Y FAQ

Can you lease a Tesla Model Y?

Certainly!
However, there are a number of components to consider as you weigh whether it’s better to lease or buy. Luckily, we’ve already compiled all that information for you.
How much is a Tesla lease? Everything you need to know

Does the Model Y come with free unlimited Supercharging?

Unfortunately, no. As the newest Tesla, the Model Y has yet to see any long-term free Supercharging promotions.
That being said, Tesla briefly offered a year of free Supercharging to new Model Y customers in late December as a push to hit its sales goal.
You can see what Tesla models do qualify here.

What’s the closest Tesla to a Model Y

As previously mentioned, the Tesla Model Y resembles the Model X as a smaller, more compact version of the SUV with the Falcon-Wing doors to match.
However, in terms of dimensions and overall design, the Model Y actually more closely matches the Model 3 sedan.
Check our our Tesla guide to see how each model stacks up side by side.

What is the newest Tesla?

The Model Y remains the newest Tesla current available to consumers after debuting in 2020.
That being said, Tesla has two more EVs confirmed in its production pipeline that will follow the Model Y and become the newest Teslas. Cybertruck is still slated to deliver in 2022, while the second generation Roadster is scheduled to enter production in 2023.

Tesla Model Y Stories October 22

Tesla is increasing prices for the base versions of the Model 3 and Model Y base prices, the second time this month alone.

Delivery timelines slip a few months again.

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Tesla Model Y Stories October 15

Tesla has slashed its included premium connectivity period to 30 days for all Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. People are now going to have to pay sooner if they want to retain access to some of Tesla’s connectivity features.

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Tesla today opened Model Y orders in the United Kingdom, a right-hand-drive market, with deliveries expected to start in early 2022.

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Tesla Model Y Stories October 13

So you’re thinking of getting a Tesla and wonder, “how much is a lease?” Smart choice. Have you considered the Tesla’s cheapest EV, the Model 3? Or perhaps you have the money to splurge on the Model S Plaid? What color? What added features? Should you buy instead of lease? These are all questions you’ll need to consider before your first zero-emission joy ride.

Fear not prospective leasee, below is a comprehensive guide outlining what a new Tesla lease entails, and what options to consider before you put the pedal to the floor.

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Tesla Model Y Stories October 10

Tesla has unveiled its latest structural battery pack with 4680 cells during a Gigafactory Berlin tour ahead of Model Y production at the new factory.

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Tesla Model Y Stories October 6

Tesla has implemented a price increase across its entire Model 3 and Model Y lineup in an overnight update to its online configurator in the US.

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Tesla Model Y Stories October 5

In an auto manufacturing first, Tesla has started building Model Y bodies with two giant single casting pieces for the front and back of the electric SUV.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 15

Tesla Model Y has been put through the “moose test,” and it impressed with its nimbleness for an SUV.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 10

A video that leaked from Tesla Gigafactory Texas in Austin shows a ton of large mega casting parts ahead of the expected start of Model Y production at the new factory.

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Tesla Model Y Stories September 2

Tesla started deliveries of the Model Y in Europe last month, and within a week it became the best-selling vehicle in Norway.

It helped pushed all-electric car sales to 72% market share – a new record.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 26

Tesla held a launch event for the first deliveries of Model Y RWD Standard Range in China. It’s the new cheapest version of the electric SUV.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 23

There are rumors of a Tesla Model Y coming with a range of 400 miles after the automaker filed for new versions of the electric SUV to be produced at Gigafactory Shanghai.

The rumors are exaggerated.

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Tesla (TSLA) has officially started Model Y deliveries in Europe.

It was a long wait for customers, and interestingly the first deliveries were achieved through a change in strategy for Tesla.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 16

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced that it acquired a Tesla Model Y to test as a police patrol vehicle.

It justified that higher sticker price with gas savings resulting in a cheaper total cost of ownership in just 6 to 18 months.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 13

A bunch of Tesla Model Y electric SUVs have been spotted in Europe sporting odd “Not Model Y” decals ahead of deliveries.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 11

Tesla has filed with the Chinese government to produce five more versions of the Model Y electric SUV at Gigafactory Shanghai.

Some of those variants are expected to be exported to other markets that will get the electric SUV for the first time.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 9

Tesla has made its Hepa filter with “bioweapon defense mode” standard on new Model Y electric SUVs produced at Fremont Factory.

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 5

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Tesla Model Y Stories August 2

When learning more about Tesla and its growing fleet of EVs, consumers new to the market have a lot of the same questions. Inquiries such as How much does a Tesla cost? How long does it take to charge a Tesla? How much does it cost to charge a Tesla? Believe it or not, one of the most frequent questions we receive in addition to those above is, How much does a Tesla weigh?

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Tesla Model Y Stories July 22

Tesla (TSLA) has again increased Model 3 and Model Y prices in an overnight update to its online configurator.

It’s the seventh price increase of the year.

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Tesla Model Y Stories July 20

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Tesla Model Y Stories July 19

The new Mustang Mach-E Long Range SE being revealed in China
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In its quest to offer an electric vehicle (EV) option to suit everyone on the planet, Tesla has expanded the size and scope of its carbon-conscious repertoire over the past 17 years. Tesla currently manufactures two sport utility options – the mid-sized offensive lineman of the Tesla family, the Model X, and the new(er) crossover kid on the block Model Y. Below is a side-by-side matchup of both Teslas to help you decipher which option may be better for you.

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Tesla Model Y Stories July 9

Tesla has started taking orders for Model Y throughout Europe. For current orders, estimated delivery is listed as September for Long Range models.

In contrast to original plans, the first Model Ys delivered to Europe will reportedly be produced in Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory.

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Tesla Model Y Stories July 8

Tesla has launched the Model Y RWD Standard Range, a cheaper version of the electric SUV, in China.

It looks like the version of the Model Y is officially back, albeit not in the US.

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Tesla Model Y Stories July 2

Tesla is bringing back the Model Y Standard Range, a cheaper option for the electric SUV, but it is only made available in Hong Kong.

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Tesla Model Y Stories June 25

Tesla has been almost continuously adjusting its prices across its lineup over the past few months, and now, the Model Y is seeing another small price increase.

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Tesla Model Y Stories June 23

Revel’s planned fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis in New York City was shut down by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and the reasons they gave are sketchy, to say the least.

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Tesla has sneaked its way to the top of the list of the most American-made cars.

Now the electric automaker has two of the top three vehicles in Cars.com’s American Made-Index.

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Tesla Model Y Stories June 15

Tesla is showing signs of getting closer to production at Gigafactory Texas, as a Model Y body has been spotted at the new factory.

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 31

New Tesla Model Y owners are reporting that their electric SUVs are being delivered without lumbar support on the passenger side.

It’s unclear if it’s a problem with production, or if Tesla removed the feature that generally comes standard in premium vehicles.

Update: It looks like we might have a better idea what is happening. See full update below.

Update 2: Elon Musk has now confirmed the reason behind the change. See below.

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 28

Tesla has issued a voluntary recall on some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built over the last three years due to brake caliper bolts potentially not being secured properly.

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 18

On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged suppliers to accelerate their efforts in order to deliver the next-gen Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin following a visit of the project site.

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Tesla Model Y Stories May 7

Tesla updated its online configurator for Model 3 and Model Y overnight to increase the prices across the lineup.

This is just the latest small price increase in a long series that is starting to add up.

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Tesla Model Y Stories April 22

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y prices have been on a roller coaster so far in 2021 and now they went up again in a new update today.

The cheapest Tesla now starts at $39,000.

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Tesla Model Y Stories April 9

Tesla Model Y Standard Range has received an official EPA rating – making it one of the most efficient cars in the world, but the vehicle’s fate is still unknown.

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Tesla has increased the price of Model 3 and Model Y again in the US – the automaker’s fourth price change in as many months this year.

The price changes also come with a slight interior update.

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Tesla Model Y Stories March 24

Tesla has increased the price of the Model Y electric SUV in China last night after a successful launch in the market.

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Tesla Model Y Stories March 10

Tesla Model Y is already seen as putting pressure on NIO and Xpeng, which mainly sell competing electric SUVs, as Tesla’s latest entry in the Chinese EV market is rapidly ramping up.

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Tesla Model Y Stories February 22

Tesla is apparently still offering the Model Y Standard Range, which has been removed from the online configurator this weekend, as an “off-the-menu” item.

The reason behind the removal is apparently that Elon Musk doesn’t like the range of the electric SUV.

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Tesla Model Y Stories February 21

Tesla has stopped taking orders for the cheapest version of the Model Y electric SUV and removed it from its online configurator just a month into launching the vehicle.

The change comes amid broader pricing and configurator changes that are becoming hard to follow.

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Tesla Model Y Stories February 17

Tesla has updated its pricing across the Model 3 and Model Y lineup, including price cuts for both base models.

The new cheapest Tesla vehicle now starts just under $37,000.

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Tesla is launching the Model Y in South Korea, which is becoming an increasingly important market for the electric automaker.

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Tesla Model Y Stories February 13

Tesla has started to introduce its new center console in the Model Y electric SUV after bringing it to the Model 3 last year.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 26

How to test drive a Tesla during the COVID-19 pandemic

Perhaps you’ve seen Tesla’s recent market cap soar over $850 billion. Maybe you’ve been reading about the long rumored refreshes coming to the Tesla Model S and Model X. It could even be that you’ve seen tons of Model 3 sedans on the road lately, and you want to see what all the hype is about. No matter the reason, there’s plenty of opportunities to test out a Tesla before you commit to buying one. While remedies and vaccines are on the horizon, Tesla’s modified test drive procedures to ensure safety and social distancing are still in effect — here’s how it works.

Tesla Model Y Stories January 24

While electric vehicles like Tesla have continued to grow in sales exponentially in recent years, they are still a fairly new concept for many people. A majority of consumers purchasing EVs have never previously owned one and may not be aware of the ways traditional ICE vehicles differ. Since these vehicles are electric, the battery is essentially your gas tank, and its health is vital to the longevity of the vessel. Below are some tips to help you get the most range out of your Tesla.

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Tesla Model Y Stories January 19

We are just a couple weeks removed from Tesla’s “lit” holiday update (2020.48.26) and now have further improvements to share. This past week, certain Tesla drivers began to report a new software update available for download. While these two updates are mostly bug fixes, there are some 2020.48.35 Tesla release notes to share to keep you informed. Let’s break it all down below.

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