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Elon Musk describes new Model Y heat pump as ‘some of the best engineering’ he’s seen

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When Tesla released the Model Y owners manual on their website shortly after the first deliveries began, one of the bigger surprises discovered in the manual was that the Model Y comes with a heat pump.

A heat pump in an electric vehicle (EV) is important because they are designed to be more energy-efficient. This should make soon-to-be Canadian Model Y owners happy as it results in better and more reliable range in cold weather conditions.

Erik Strait, of the DÆrik Youtube channel, recently took apart his new Model Y to show us the first look at the actual unit hidden behind the frunk cover. Check out his video below to see more about the new heat pump.

Yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk went to Twitter to describe how the Model Y heat pump is an engineering marvel, and that the Tesla team did “next-level” work in designing and manufacturing the unit.

Elon Musk tweet heat pump Model Y

The Model Y is the first vehicle in Tesla’s lineup to use a heat pump. Until now, the Model S, Model 3, and Model X all use an electric resistance heater to warm the cabin. This system can use up a lot of energy, which in turn can have a big impact on range.

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