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Why Tesla Model Y 3rd row is the key to becoming the best-selling car in the world


Posted on March 15, 2019 |
By Paul Fosse

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5 March, 2019 by Paul Fosse

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In Tesla Model Y reveals an event. First, it is not difficult to produce. Secondly, there are 3 lines of seating

Easy to manufacture

To be easy to manufacture, Tesla was supposed to introduce no difficult-to-manufacture features, such as X-wing wing doors. say it. It is obvious to look at the car and driving in the car that is very, very similar to the model 3 (which I own). Battery and engines are likely to be the same, the steering wheel and the 15-inch screen and the software look the same (with minor changes). Radio and climate controls look the same. Autopilot hardware looks the same.

I was told during the test that the five front seats are the same as the 3 model, with different mounting hardware to lift them. Even the parts that are distinctly different, like the front fenders and doors (since the dimensions are different), look the same as the casual observer.

In a previous call it was stated that Model Y and Model 3 had a share of ~ 76% of their parts. It looks like 24% of the parts that are unique to Model Y are not very different. For example, the doors are obviously different in size, but they are not different in style. This significantly reduces the chance of Model Y to send the company into the production of hell. This also means that Tesla is very likely to produce 2 cars on the same production line if it decides to do so. This will allow them to easily react to changes in the relative demand between Model 3 and Model Y. They may have separate lines in the United States simply because there is probably no room for producing more cars at the Tesla Fremont plant but in China and in future gigazar Tesla may choose to share parts of the production line or perhaps the entire production line.

Why did Tesla have to include 3 rows of seats

Why do I think I have 3 rows of seating are so important for the Y model? Look at all the other car makers Tesla is competing with. Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Volkswagen. How many different vehicle models do they produce if they include their operations in the US, European factories and Asian and Latin American operations? I guess the larger companies (as listed above) are approaching 100 different vehicle models, and smaller brands such as Lexus and BMW make at least 20 or 30 different cars and jeeps.

now makes four car models (and of course does not even make the Y model yet) and will add the pickup and Roadster a few years after the Y model is released. The company will also add a smaller, cheaper car or crossover a few years later, if everything goes according to plan. So, for the next 3 or 4 years, Tesla will have about 7 models.

Elon said in a recent podcast with ARK Invest that he predicts he will make about one million cars in 2021 (S, 3, X, Y and Roadster must be in full production) and about 3 million vehicles per year in 2023 (the pickup and perhaps the cheaper car should be in production). Tesla wants to become one of the largest carmakers in the world, but it is obvious that next year or two will not be designed another 95 cars. So every car that Tesla creates has to serve a wide market. It appears that Tesla has acquired 4 major versions of Model 3 and Model Y.

  1. Competitive Range Value Model
  2. Long Range Range with Industry-leading Range and Better Performance
  3. all-wheel drive with even better results
  4. Model performance with amazing performance at a reasonable price

Comparing the Tesla Y Toyota and Lexus Jeeps

Toyota's Screensaver

Model Y Will be competitive with C-HR and RAV4. The long range and AWD models will be competitive with Highlander and 4Runner. It's too small to compete with Sequoia or Land Cruiser. Toyota does not have a SUV that competes with the Y Performance model, so the announced versions of the Y Tesla model compete with many versions of Toyota's four cars.

Screen shot by Lexus.com

Comparing the Y model with the Lexus model, the value model will be aligned with the UX and NX. Long Distance and AWD models will compete with RX and GX. Once again, Lexus has nothing to compete with the Y model.

This example shows how with three versions of a car (based on an existing model), Tesla covers various SUVs and 4 different Lexus SUVs and also produced a performance model , which is about twice as fast as any of Toyota and Lexus SUVs, so it will greatly reduce in many cars the performance of the two brands do.

You can see how Tesla saves a huge amount of money designing so many different cars – he designs a car to be incredibly good and then uses it to compete with hundreds of other cars.

Why users want 3 rows of seating

I have 3 children (my youngest is 19) and know many other parents with 2 or 3 children. Why do you need seating when the 5-seaters can cover the whole family? Two answers are obvious to me.

In the first place, to prevent my children from being killed. When I transported my 3 children on a longer journey, they would get angry, so I put one on the front seat, one on the second row and one on the 3rd row. With each child in different order, they fought much less.

The second reason is to transport many children to school or sport or whatever in a car. Most families have two working parents, and if one parent can take 6 children to school in their car, it's a really good thing. I helped organize many cars and loved parents who had cars that could hold more children. I made a shared trip to my Nissan Leaf, but sometimes we had to send two cars to pick up all the kids we were supposed to go back home. When we used our Honda Odyssey with 8 seats, we could always get all the kids in the car without sending two cars.

Model Y 3rd Row

Image by Tesla Reveal Video by Tesla.com

Image from my test track Y Model

Image from my test drive Y Model. You can see that the way the second row is arranged is only about 2 inches from the places between the second and the third row. The driver said the second order mechanism was deactivated.

They did not allow us to ride in the third row of the event, but I quickly saw it and it is quite small. I would say that it must be competitive with other medium sized SUVs, such as the Toyota Highlander, but it is not even as convenient as large SUVs like the Sequoia or 3rd row minivan.

I have the opportunity to speak to Franz von Holzhausen for the third order. I told him that I feel that this is an important feature that is critical to the success of the Y model. I asked him two specific questions about seating. I asked if the second order is adjustable so people in the third row would have more space (I wanted to confirm what I had heard from the Model Y driver). I also asked if he designed them so they could keep children's seats. The answer was yes to the two questions. Although I would like more details, Franz was very busy and I'm grateful that he had time for these two questions. He must have been careful about what he said.


I am happy that the two biggest concerns have been resolved in the opening. If the Y model was a radical deviation from model 3, it would be another "stake in the company" project. I am convinced that it is simply enough that Elon can delegate a little more responsibility and feel the need to get involved in many of the vehicle's deployment. Though I think Elon's contribution is valuable, he takes a heavy blow to his life, and he can not work 120 hours a week long without very bad things happening.

Model Y can have tremendous success without the third line. but it would leave a huge gap for people who needed more seats but could never afford model X. Tesla would have left millions of potential sales at the table for many years until create a vehicle between Model Y and Model X. The room you can create in such a small crossover is proof of the wisdom of designing an electric car to be electric from the first day and not trying to drive an electric drive into a vehicle , ren intended for a gas or diesel engine. A few days ago, I searched for the best-selling cars in the world and it seems to go back and forth between the Toyota Corolla and the Ford F-150 at around a million vehicles a year. With Tesla's ability to compete with hundreds of other crossovers on all world markets and Tesla's plans to expand Gigafactory 1 and 3 to produce about one million vehicles per year, Tesla seems to have the chance to make Model Y the best. the sale of cars in the world, at least until the cheaper "Model 2", which deals with an even larger target market, outpaced it.

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About the Author

Paul Fosse I am a software engineer for more than 30 years, for the first time working on EDI software and recently storage of data in the telecommunications and healthcare industries. On the way, I also had the opportunity to help launch a software consultancy and manage the portfolio of several investment trusts. In 2010, I was interested in electric cars because gas became expensive. In 2015 I began to read CleanTechnica and I was interested in solar energy, mainly because it was a threat to my investment in oil and gas in investment funds. Investor of Tesla. Tesla forwarding code: https://ts.la/paul92237

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