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Tesla plans new lower-mileage Model Y vehicles ahead of Giga Texas launch
The Model Y quality control room of Giga Texas was shown to Tesla shareholders during a Q3 call. (Tesla)

Tesla plans to launch new Model Ys with a lower mileage range than current Model Y vehicles. The announcement comes just under a month before the company begins releasing its first Austin-made Model Ys in time for the southeast Austin Giga Texas plant grand opening next month.

This comes as Giga Texas prepares for its grand opening next month and the upcoming release of Austin-made Model Y’s.

A new filing with the Environmental Protection Agency revealed this version of the EV, which will go for 279-miles on a full charge. This is down 51 miles of the long-range Model Y.

There’s uncertainty whether this is the Model Y that will be coming out of the gigafactory in Berlin or Giga Texas. As Electrek reports, It’ll become clearer when deliveries start from the southeast Travis County factory, which is expected around the time of the site’s April opening.

Last year, Tesla offered a standard range Model Y that was discontinued after CEO Elon Musk said he wasn’t satisfied with the range.

Aside from the potential for a lower range, Giga Texas cars will have a couple of differences from other Model Y’s that drivers may not notice, including 4680 cells and a structural battery pack.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.