Tesla Model Y 'Juniper' Mass Production To Start As Soon as Mid-2024

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Rumors about the Model Y refresh surfaced in the spring when Tesla was still working on the Model 3 Highland. Known internally as Project Juniper, the revamped Model Y will adopt most of the changes introduced by the Model 3 refresh. A new report from China indicates that work is almost finished, with mass production planned to start in the summer of 2024.
Tesla surprised us with a vastly improved Model 3 when everyone expected a mild refresh akin to the slight modifications it operated to its other models over the years. The Model Y was a prime example, considering that it was quietly modified and improved several times. This is how the Model Y got megacastings, a structural battery pack, a vastly improved suspension, and, more recently, borrowed a couple of features from the Model 3 Highland.

The most recent Model Ys produced in the US come with Hardware 4 Autopilot computer and sensors, which were introduced earlier on the refreshed Model S/X. Meanwhile, the same model built at Giga Shanghai retains the Hardware 3 components but adopts the RGB ambient lighting we've seen on the Model 3 Highland, along with the new dashboard and door covers.

Well, it appears that Tesla will bring more to the Model Y as part of Project Juniper refresh. This will include the new design that was highly appreciated on the Model 3 Highland, the improved suspension, and the quieter cabin. Sadly, this also means the stalks will be gone forever from the Tesla universe. How well the customers in Europe will adjust to this radical change is still up for debate. Although Model 3 Highland deliveries to Europe are in full swing, there are relatively few on the roads to conclude.

With the Model Y Juniper, the change will be more drastically perceived, considering that the electric crossover dwarfs the Model 3 sales. Although Tesla doesn't break down sales by model, data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence shows that the EV maker sells roughly three Model Ys for every Model 3. It's no wonder that the Model Y is on track to become the best-selling passenger vehicle in the world.

Tesla will probably start mass production of the Model Y Juniper at Giga Shanghai in the summer of 2024. Currently, the production lines are undergoing upgrades in preparation for the model changeover. According to a Bloomberg report, the first batch of the refreshed Model Ys will be produced in the second phase of Tesla's Shanghai gigafactory. Production will be suspended for around a week during the New Year holiday for a partial upgrade.

However, more adjustments will have to be made prior to starting mass production. Tesla will likely test the new production line before we see the first prototypes testing on public roads. Based on the Model 3 Highland progress, the painstakingly fine-tuning process will take months before the Model Y Juniper will be deemed worthy of its first customers.
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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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