Tesla begins converting its energy fleet to Model Y electric SUVs

Tesla has started converting its Tesla Energy fleet to Model Y electric SUVs and Model 3 sedans, getting rid of their gas-powered vehicles.

When Tesla Energy shows up at a customer’s home, it’s with gas-powered vans and cars, which isn’t the best look for the world leader in electrification – but Tesla is looking to address that.

The automaker has already incorporated some of its own vehicles into its power fleet for site surveys and things like the one pictured above (photo via u/demuhnator on Reddit), but now it’s expanding the use with vehicles for facilities and more.

At a Tesla Energy-wide corporate meeting obtained by Electrek Yesterday, a Tesla official confirmed that the company is integrating Tesla Model Ys and Model 3s into its fleet:

We’ve done a great job working with our vehicle teams to get us into some Model Ys. We’ve already rolled out the first batch across the country to various offices, and our plan is to continue electrification by ensuring that the Model Y and Model 3 replace every vehicle they can one for one.

The manager continued:

In this next quarter we’re really going to start getting rid of the Chevrolets that we have in our fleet and some of the Sprinter vans and other vehicles, if any, and replacing them with Model 3s and Model Ys, some so that when we install at a customer, we show up with a fleet of Teslas.

The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y aren’t necessarily the best-equipped vehicles for this purpose, which is why Tesla uses vans, but the automaker adapts its own vehicles when possible.

In 2018, Tesla began shifting its own mobile service fleet from vans to Model S vehicles that had modified interiors to fit the tools:

Tesla could do something similar with its Model Y so it can easily install solar panels and Powerwalls for facilities.

Soon you might see Tesla showing up for your solar installation with the Model Ys and Model 3s.

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