Tesla Model Y with BYD batteries coming soon to Europe according to report ↺
An exclusive report by German EV outlet Teslamag.de claims that Model Y production at the Berlin Gigafactory will see minor changes that could help relieve some of Tesla's notorious waiting list woes. Tesla Gigafactory in Berlin will allegedly start producing Model Y units powered by BYD batteries instead of the company's own structural battery packs.
The BYD batteries will only feature in the RWD base Model Y, but are set to play the same structural role as the Tesla battery packs, indicating detailed engineering collaboration between the companies. These BYD battery packs will be of the LFP (lithium iron phosphate), and European regulatory approvals obtained by Tesla late last year seem to suggest that the BYD-equipped, rear-wheel drive Model Y variant will have a WLTP range of 440 km, down from the currently offered 455 km.
BYD recently overtook LG to become the world's second largest electric battery supplier, and there were reports of a collaboration between the Chinese manufacturer and Tesla last August already. Tesla already has supplier relationships with CATL, LG Energy Solutions, and Panasonic, while the new BYD batteries for the Berlin Gigafactory will hopefully help relieve supply chain issues in other regions that previously had to send battery packs to Europe to meet demand.