Elon Musk tips new Model Y color in the US as US$3000 Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Red remain out of reach
The rumored new Mercury Silver Metallic and Deep Crimson Multicoat Tesla Model Y colors actually materialized this week as Quicksilver and Midnight Cherry Red, respectively. These are the multi-layer hues that the Model Y can only be produced in at the state-of-the-art Tesla paint shop facility in its Berlin Gigafactory. Unfortunately, US customers won't be able to order those new Model Y multicoat colors as they will remain exclusive to the European and Middle Eastern markets.
As if to soothe the inevitable color options complaint by Tesla fans on this side of the pond, where the Model Y is only available in one of five basic colors, Elon Musk answered affirmatively on a question whether the US will get a fresh coat of paint, too.
The third of the new Tesla Model Y colors that were unearthed via some MyTesla mobile app code digging - the flashy Abyss Blue Multicoat - is yet to be heard about or spotted in the Giga Berlin backyard, so that might be the new Model Y color that US customers will be getting instead.
As to how would Tesla pull the light blue Model Y color off, given that the new multicoat paint shop is currently only available in Giga Berlin, let's not forget that it is also expanding the one in the Austin factory. On Monday, the City of Austin, TX issued Tesla a permit to upgrade the Giga Texas paint shop, and that is where the new blue Model Y color may ultimately be coming from.
The Austin factory is where Tesla assembles the new Model Y batches with the 4680 cell-to-chassis battery platform, too, so it could also start painting them in Abyss Blue Multicoat, or whatever the color gets named after its official release. The Quicksilver is said to be an 8-layer color, while the Midnight Cherry Red is reportedly achieved in no less than 13 layers, so it remains to be heard how many coats would have to be laid at the paint shop for an Abyss Blue hue.
Our most advanced paint system yet, allowing up to 13 layers for depth, dimension & a hand-painted look pic.twitter.com/UXoZwC281m— Tesla (@Tesla) October 21, 2022
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