Couple of weeks ago Tesla unveiled the V3 Supercharger with peak charge rate of 1000 mph. They also updating their V2 Superchargers to charge at 145 kW, up from 120 kW. Individuals can see up to ~18% improvement on charging times. Then this past Thursday, Tesla unveiled the Model Y to complete its S3XY lineup. The timing of these two wasn’t by accident.
Last year, CleanTechnica had an article about the concerns of potential EV drivers. The number one concern isn’t really the car themselves, but where to charge and how long it takes. And if you move to the urban landscape, this fear is magnified even more.
Unlike living in the burbs, if you live in a major metropolitan city, your access to overnight charging might be limited. You are most likely parking on the street or may have a parking spot in an open parking lot. If you plan on having a BEV in the city, you’ll either need to leave your car somewhere while it charges (like a grocery store) or find a fast charger (like Tesla Superchargers).
And with the bump on the Supercharging speeds, Model 3s started seeing a bigger improvement on charging times. There’s also a firmware release that will allow the car to warm up the battery to while on route to the Supercharger.
And with the release of the $35k Model 3, Tesla poised themselves at the top. However, it’s no secret that America has an obsession with SUVs and CUVs. In fact, I was one of those folks. When I had my Civic, I was actually looking to replace it with an SUV. I was specifically looking at the Nissan Pathfinder. I love the Tesla Model X, but it was out of my price point.
So making the Model Y essentially share the same base and many of the same parts as the Model 3 was a brilliant move! If you were waiting for the CUV variant of the Model 3 and you already liked the Model 3, it’s a no-brainer.
Sharing the same parts helps with production cost while giving two different variants of the car to appease a broader demographic. This isn’t a new practice, many auto manufactures do this. This also helps with services and repairs as you don’t need to warehouse parts for two different cars.
I predict that the Model Y of these will surpass the Model 3. The price point competes with gas powered CUVs, and with faster charge times and 300 mile range, a lot of the anxiety will surely dissipate.
By the time the Y rolls off the factory lines, I’m sure we’ll see more chargers, especially Urban chargers pop up in the city. The chargers will charge fast enough while the owners run errands and the Y will also serve all their long distance trips they’ll eventually make.
The only thing left for Tesla to tackle is the truck. Then it’s game over from there.