Tesla’s S3XY range update shows how far the legacy auto has fallen in the EV race


Anyone who has followed the Tesla story over the years will be aware that the primary talking point against the electric car manufacturer is imminent competition coming from more experienced, more capable carmakers. Critics argued that once legacy manufacturers become serious in their electric car efforts, a company as inexperienced as Tesla would easily become overwhelmed. This scenario has not happened at all – and if Tesla’s recent range has anything to do with updating its S3XY lineup, it is becoming clear that legacy auto has been left behind in the electric car race.

Tesla’s recent range updates, which were rolled out with a “refresh” of the Model 3, further solidified the company’s place at the top of the EV market. With the new update, the Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor AWD was able to hit an EPA-estimated range of 353 miles per charge, and even its heftier, heavier sibling, Model Y, achieved a range of 323 miles. Was able The Model X, an incredibly heavy tank of a vehicle, reached 371 miles per charge, and even the power-hungry Tesla Model S Performance is close to 400 miles at 387 miles per charge.

It should be noted that Tesla was able to carry out these reforms Without any major updates Announced this during Battery Day. During the multi-anticipated event, Tesla revealed the new 4680 form factor of its battery, which is 5 times the volume of the Model 3 and Model Y’s 2170 cells. Tesla also announced a new vehicle manufacturing system, which prioritizes single-piece casts and a structural battery pack. Other innovations, such as the use of high-nickel cathodes and silicon anodes, were also discussed.

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None of these innovations lie in Tesla’s recently updated vehicles.

Finally, a recent update by Tesla highlighted how far the company has overtaken the pack in the electric vehicle sector. The fact that the electric car manufacturer was able to achieve a 371-mile range for the Model X Long Range Dual Motor AWD with the same 100 kWh battery pack and the same 18650 cell as its Model X 100D predecessor is almost ridiculous. It is particularly notable that the Audi E-tron, which has a battery pack that is almost identical to the Model X, has a range of 222 miles, and is with the variant. Advanced Range already.

Tesla’s range in leads becomes even more important when one considers the Model 3 and Model Y, both using a battery pack that tops out at 75 kWh. A comparison of the two vehicles against the competition shows an opposite situation with the Polstar 2, a car largely considered a legitimate competitor for the Model 3, with an EPA-estimated range of 233 miles from a 78 kWh battery pack. is. The Jaguar I-PACE, a crossover that is quite close in size to the Model Y, follows the same pattern, with an EPA-estimated range of 246 miles per charge from a 90 kWh battery.

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There are many reasons behind Tesla’s crazy leadership in the electric car sector today, but a good part of it owes a lot to the company’s intense focus on battery technology and development. Tesla has been focusing on improving and optimizing its batteries since Day 1, and as can be seen in the recent range updates of the S3XY lineup, this obsessive pursuit of optimization matters a lot. These efforts are not imitated at all with most legacy automakers, as veterans typically receive materials from suppliers using off-the-shelf batteries for EV programs.

Yet perhaps the most uncomfortable reason behind Legacy Auto’s distance from Tesla’s vehicles today is something simple: pride. While legacy automakers have been saying for years that they are serious about their future shift to electric cars, their actions are largely less tangible than their words. Today, it is almost as if Tesla’s rivals in the EV sector have yet seen the rest of the electric car manufacturer improve over the years. And now that Tesla has become a force that is very difficult to ignore, they are clamoring to catch up.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to catch a moving target. As long as Tesla is today, vehicle manufacturers can hold on, it is almost certain that the electric car manufacturer will stay ahead even further. This distance will probably be even farther, as Tesla’s next-generation battery technology is not yet in the picture. Once Tesla’s 4680 cells are in production and its vehicles are being built with structural battery packs, the gap between the electric car manufacturer and its rivals will certainly be even more significant. And that, at least for Heritage Auto, is a scenario worthy of the final act of a tragedy.