Toyota engineers call the Tesla Model Y a work of art.that’s why

The Tesla Model Y is one of the best sellers of the American electric car maker. A legacy automaker also called the car a work of art. Toyota engineers have reportedly conducted a teardown study of the Tesla Model Y and called the electric crossover a work of art. According to a report in Automotive News, engineers at the Japanese car brand were apparently surprised by how different the latest version of the Tesla Model Y is compared to earlier versions that look identical on the outside.

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March 2, 2023 at 12:51 am

Toyota conducted a part-by-part teardown of the Tesla Model Y to see what the electric automaker is doing right in its best-selling vehicle.

Interestingly, the move comes after Toyota pledged to revamp its electric vehicle strategy by accelerating EV rollout and launching a dedicated BEV architecture by 2026. Clearly, the automaker’s goal is to figure out how to produce a world-class car that offers the best features and technology in the business. As the report claims, the automaker is trying to understand what Tesla is doing right.

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The report further claims that Toyota engineers’ findings go beyond uncovering key technological secrets of the world’s best-selling electric car. Engineers were reportedly astounded by the Tesla Model Y’s simple yet efficient vehicle structure built using advanced manufacturing techniques. “Take the shell off the Model Y and it’s really a work of art. It’s unbelievable,” said a Toyota executive who participated in a part-by-part teardown of Tesla’s Model Y.

Tesla has been using Giga castings to eliminate countless parts and brackets. Additionally, the structural battery pack that serves as the Tesla Model Y’s floor was singled out by Toyota engineers. The electric automaker reports that it reduced hundreds of parts and up to 100kg in weight, which ultimately helped the car increase battery range and lower overall costs for the automaker.

As one Toyota engineer put it, it’s a completely different manufacturing philosophy, while another added that the Japanese company needed a platform designed to be a blank EV.

First published date: March 2, 2023 at 12:51pm CST

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