Tesla’s latest operating manual shows that Tesla’s structural rechargeable battery is removable – something that was considered a problem due to the design.

Actually it’s doable, but it’s a pretty tough test.

When Tesla has introduced a new 4680 battery on its Battery Day in 2020, it showed some significant improvements on its own, but it also allowed the idea of ​​a structural battery.

The idea was to make these new battery cells part of the structure of new cars.

Inspired by aerospace innovation to create aircraft wings as fuel tanks instead of building fuel tanks inside the wings, Tesla decided to build a battery that acts as a body design, connecting the front and rear of the body, while the batteries themselves contribute to the integrated package structure and thus the whole body of the car.

The result is quite elegant:

They call it a “structural battery”, which means that the battery is not just an energy device, but a real structural part of the car.

This has brought obvious advantages in terms of weight and ease of manufacture. Initially, Tesla announced that the new design reduces the overall weight of the car by 10% and increases the power reserve by 14%.

But on the other hand, it has raised several questions about what will happen if you need to replace the battery, as the unit is now part of the body.

Now that we have access to Tesla’s operating manual for the new Y model with a structural battery, we can see that the package is removable and replaceable, but it’s a pretty tough test.

According to the operating instructions (hat tip to Brian Krause in order to detect it), it takes only 143 steps to remove the structural battery.

I won’t consider them all because it will take infinity, but it basically involves removing a significant portion of the car’s interior before you actually start working on the package.

After removing the vehicle looks quite strange, as if the whole floor was gone:

Then you have another 171 steps to put a new battery, a total of 314 steps to replace the structural battery.

Hopefully you don’t have to do this too often.

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