Anyone who has followed Tesla’s history over the past few years will know that one of the main points of conversation against the electric car manufacturer is the upcoming competition coming from more experienced and more competent car manufacturers. Critics say that once legacy carmakers become serious about their electric car efforts, an inexperienced company like Tesla will be easily crushed. This scenario didn’t happen at all – and if Tesla’s latest updates to the S3XY range are something to go by, it’s clear that the heritage car has lagged ridiculously in the electric car race.
Tesla’s recent updates, which were released along with the “refresh”
It should be noted that Tesla managed to achieve these improvements without any of the major updates it announced during Battery Day. During the long-awaited event, Tesla unveiled the new 4680 form factor on its batteries, which has 5 times the volume of the Model 3 and 2170 cells of the Model Y. Tesla also announced a new vehicle production system that gives priority to one-piece castings and the structural battery. Other innovations were also discussed, such as the use of high nickel cathodes and silicon anodes.
None of these innovations are in Tesla’s recently updated vehicles.
Ultimately, Tesla’s latest updates highlight how far the company has outpaced the package in the electric vehicle sector. The fact that the electric carmaker managed to achieve 371 miles on the Model X’s long-range dual-engine AWD engine with the same 100 kWh battery and the same 18,650 cells as its predecessor, the Model X 100D, is almost ridiculous. This is especially remarkable, considering that the Audi e-tron, which has a battery with almost the same size as the Model X, has a range of 222 miles and this is the option with improved range already.
Tesla’s advantage in range becomes even more significant when the Model 3 and Model Y are taken into account, both using a battery that largely reaches 75 kWh. A comparison of the two vehicles against the competition shows a stark contrast to the Polestar 2, a car that is largely considered a legitimate rival to the Model 3, with an EPA of 233 miles on a 78 kWh battery. The Jaguar I-PACE, a crossover that is quite similar in size to the Model Y, follows the same model, with the EPA calculating a range of 246 miles to charge a 90 kWh battery.
There are probably many reasons behind Tesla’s crazy leader in the electric car industry today, but much of it probably has a lot to do with the company’s intense focus on technology and battery development. Tesla has focused on improving and optimizing its Day 1 batteries, and as can be seen in the latest updates to the S3XY line, this compelling drive for optimization matters a lot. These efforts are not at all emulated by most older carmakers, as veterans seem to be content with using batteries from suppliers for their EV programs.
Yet perhaps the most inconvenient reason for moving the heritage car away from Tesla cars today is something much simpler: arrogance. While hereditary carmakers have said for years that they are serious about the future shift to electric cars, their actions are far less tangible than they say. Today, it’s almost as if Tesla’s electric car competitors are too comfortable, just watching the electric car maker improve over the years. And now that Tesla has become a force that is very difficult to ignore, they are fighting to catch up.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to catch a moving target. By the time hereditary carmakers can catch up with where Tesla is today, it is almost certain that the electric carmaker will be even further ahead. This distance will probably be even further, as Tesla’s next-generation battery technology has not yet entered the picture. With Tesla’s 4,680 cells in production and its cars built with structural batteries, the difference between the electric car maker and its competitors will definitely be even greater. And this, at least for the hereditary cars, is a scenario worthy of the last act of tragedy.