Tesla Model Y takes the ultimate off-road challenge…and wins

The Tesla Model Y crossover is a marvel of electric automotive engineering. While its compact SUV design has been geared by other automakers toward grocery-getting and hauling the family around, Tesla took a much different approach with their car. Not only would the versatility of the body design offer plenty of everyday usage for parents, […]

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Tesla Model Y to use one-piece front casting in Germany: report

Tesla’s Giga Berlin plant plans to introduce a revolutionary new manufacturing process for the company’s vehicles, specifically the Model Y. Tesla has planned for some time to introduce a new design to the vehicle’s chassis that differs significantly from that of the Model 3, which uses around 70 parts to make the frame. The automaker […]

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Tesla Gigafactory Texas construction plans revealed in permit documents

Tesla’s construction plans for its newest Gigafactory in Texas were recently revealed on the City of Austin’s official website. In documents filed during the permit process, the shape of the factory itself and specific locations for several landscape features were confirmed. This new information provides a solid basis for comparison to track the step-by-step building […]

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Tesla’s QR code-based touchless test drive is the perfect EV marketing tool

Tesla has grown over its relatively short tenure as a carmaker, with the company producing well over a million vehicles since the days of the original Roadster. The electric car maker was able to accomplish this mostly through word of mouth, as the company and executives like CEO Elon Musk have adopted a strategy that […]

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EVs like Teslas will save lives and billions in health costs in 2050: ALA report

The American Lung Association recently published a report advocating for a nationwide transition to electric vehicle (EV) transportation. Specifically highlighting public health, air quality, and climate change benefits that will be brought about by the widespread use of electric cars, the organization estimates over 6,000 saved lives, $70 billion dollars in health cost savings, and […]

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Tesla orders 450K heat pumps for Giga Shanghai’s Made-in-China Model 3

Amidst rumors that Tesla is poised to roll out some notable improvements to the Model 3 in China, a Nanjing-based auto supplier has revealed that it has received a massive order of 450,000 heat pumps from the electric car maker. The heat pumps, which are presumably for the Made-in-China Model 3, reportedly started deliveries since […]

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Tesla Model 3 poised for power liftgate, center console upgrade, new ‘frunk,’ and more

Recent reports from China are suggesting that Tesla may be poised to roll out some notable improvements to the Gigafactory Shanghai-made Model 3. If the speculations prove accurate, Tesla’s most affordable sedan will soon be getting a powered lift gate and trunk, some factory chrome delete, the Model Y’s “Octovalve,” and new headlights and tail […]

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Tesla to utilize Gigafactory Shanghai to export cars to Asia and Europe: report

It appears that Tesla is making the necessary preparations to optimize the use of Gigafactory Shanghai, with recent reports stating that the electric car maker will be using the facility to produce vehicles that will be exported to other Asian territories and Europe. Mass-production of vehicles intended for export will reportedly begin in the fourth […]

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Tesla Model Y single-piece rear casts spotted in Fremont factory

During the Tesla Model Y’s teardown by auto veteran Sandy Munro, it was observed that the all-electric crossover only had two massive casts for its rear underbody. This was seen as a significant improvement from the Model 3, whose rear casting was notably over-engineered with about 70 pieces of metal. Yet even with these improvements, […]

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Teardown expert Sandy Munro compares Tesla, Nissan, Jaguar inverters


When it comes to automobiles, Sandy Munro knows whereof he speaks. His company specializes in taking new cars apart and analyzing every little bracket and screw—what it’s made of, who made it, and how much it cost. Charged was fortunate enough to have Sandy present a couple of video sessions at our Virtual Conference on… Read more »