If you live on the west coast and have been waiting to buy a Tesla Model Y in the hopes that it will come from Giga Texas, you should probably go ahead place your order.
When CEO Elon Musk first announced plans to build in Austin, he said the Model Ys produced at the factory will be shipped to the eastern half of the United States.
The reason was due to Austin’s central location, which would reduce their logistics costs to ship cars to the eastern half of the country instead of from the Fremont factory in California.
Musk added that Fremont would continue to produce cars for the western half of the country.
In the earnings call yesterday afternoon, Musk reiterated those plans, even going a step further to say it will be more than just a 50/50 split.
“In the US, with for example Giga Texas coming up, we would want to deliver, say Model Ys that are going to the eastern two-thirds of the United States from this factory. The logistics costs are going to be much less.”
If we are to take Musk’s words as fact, a two-thirds split would mean anyone ordering roughly west of the Rocky Mountains should expect to receive a car from Fremont.
While Musk didn’t explicitly include Canada in his statement, we presume that this standard would apply to Canadian orders as well.
Complicating matter, Musk also confirmed during the earnings call that Model Ys built at Giga Texas will feature structural battery packs and 4680 cells.
There has been no statement from Tesla on when or if Fremont’s production lines will be upgraded to include those same features.
That means until Tesla or Musk clarifies this, you’ll have to live in the eastern two-thirds of the continent if you want a Model Y with the latest technology.
PSA: Some extra clarity from Elon on the call yesterday about where Gigas Texas Model Y supply will go: Eastern 2/3 of the US (and presumably Canada) @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/kpX6m9xIbu
— ⚡️Tesla Owners Online (@Model3Owners) January 27, 2022