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Tesla Model Y With 500-Mile Range Could Already Be Here

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At Tesla's Battery Day in September 2020, Tesla promised a 56% reduction in battery prices from its next-generation 4680 cell.

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With Tesla's habitual secrecy about the actual capacity of its battery packs, rumors are swirling about what stage Tesla is in with its 4680 cells.

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But one rumor is particularly tantalizing: There may already be a Tesla Model YS on the road with a range of 500 miles.

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One of the origins of this rumor was a tweet by a Tesla follower on Twitter, who claimed that some Tesla employees are already driving a Tesla Model Y with enough battery for 500 miles.

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Whether this rumor is true or not we will see electric vehicles with such range in a few years time. Managed to travel from Germany to Silverstone, UK on a single charge (751 miles).

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This car has a 100kWh battery, which is the same as the current Tesla Model S. It is achieving its incredible range through efficiency including driving.

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There are a number of technologies to provide the sea change, such as Theon's sulfur-based batteries, which promise to triple the density over current lithium-ion cells.

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However, as with any disruptive new technology, the advent of battery-electric vehicles has led to radical differences about where transportation should go.

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Americans travel longer distances than Europeans, especially the British. In fact, the average USA driver travels 14,000 miles a year, compared to half that in the UK.

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