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Why it's okay The Tesla Model Y looks like a sedan



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Published on March 24, 201

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by Kurt Lowder

24. March 2019 by Kurt Lowder



For the average person, a picture of the Model Y looks likely to look like a sedan. Some of the broader markets have not responded well to the Model Y because it does not look like a regular SUV. To constructively criticize Tesla, it may have been advisable to call the Model Y a "crossover". It lacks this trapezoidal shape. I have to admit, when I saw Model Y, my heart sank. My first abdominal reaction was that it is not an SUV! It needs a redesigned rear end! I wrote a critical article, but decided not to submit it because I thought I was jumping the gun and some other CleanTechnica controls had actually been in the Model Y.

A few days later I had actually changed my mind completely. Dr. Mad Max Holland's article on the size of Model Y and Paul Fosse's article on the third series have helped. Below is a picture of Max showing the difference between the model 3 and the model Y.

Over the past week, I've seen several reviews of people who had a test drive in the model obsessively read and read Y. Everyone was fascinated by the new glass roof, which lacks a center column. In model 3, the glass roof consists of two pieces of glass separated by a large horizontal column. The general consensus is that the Model Y inside feels much bigger than it looks from the outside. It was specially designed, Elon Musk added in a tweet.

Also, the glass roof has a few inches of head space compared to your average padded and insulated metal roof. The Tesla Model Y ordering page states: "A sprawling glass roof provides more headroom and UV protection."

Here you can see the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded down To create 66 cubic feet of storage space. For comparison, I have a RAV4 with 72 cubic feet. (I intend to sell it soon as soon as I have given up owning a vehicle for transportation as a service). I love my RAV4 and I was hoping to get an electric version, but after a short trial run, they stopped producing it. I'm 6 & # 39; 4 "and can lie down completely with my seats folded, allowing for camping and nap on epic road trips. I assume that I could do the same with the Model Y because it may be 2 inches longer than the RAV4 due to unofficial reports.

I was hoping the Model Y would have the same space as my RAV4, and it looks pretty close. As far as I can tell, the sloping rear end is crucial for aerodynamics. The model Y shines in this department with a drag coefficient of 0.23 compared to 0.31 of the Toyota RAV4. (The lower the number, the more efficient the vehicle.)

I'm sitting in houses this week, and my sister's living room feels twice as big because the entire wall is made of glass. House guests are fascinated by the view of this sustainable home. Watching TV is especially enjoyable, though sometimes hard to keep focused because your mind is wondering in the clouds.

Apart from trying to earn brownie points from my sister, I mention this effect because it's the same concept with the Model Y. The glass roof is so unique that consumers get the trapezoid shape they normally use in a crossover SUV segment. It will set a new precedent in the automotive world. They have a saying that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, here in Austin, a thoughtful and intelligent design can convey that feeling without using so many resources.

To deepen this discussion, let's look at another popular electric crossover SUV, the Hyundai Kona EV. It has a coefficient resistance of 0.32 – the model 3 has a coefficient resistance of 0.23. The length of the Kona is 13.7 feet and the unofficial length of the Model Y is 15.4 feet.

 Hyundai Kona EV Test Ride

It is shocking that the Hyundai Kona EV has a tiny cargo hold of 45.8 cubic feet, while the Tesla Model Y has a cargo capacity of 66 cubic feet.

Our Like Tesla YouTube friends also have a great Inside Y video that shows the vehicle a bit more – well, in the dark. (See also the background and video of the event.) Like Tesla is a great YouTube channel that I highly recommend. I hope Kim can persuade my sister to get a Model Y. Then hopefully, in a few years, when my sister needs me to live, she can just send Model Y to pick me up, since I've pretty much given up on driving. 19659007]

The Kia Niro (above) has a slightly more conventional SUV look. However, this is associated with considerable costs. The Niro has a drag coefficient of 0.30 and a cargo space of only 53 cubic feet, while the rear seats point down. The Tesla Model Y is again far superior with an air resistance coefficient of 0.23 and a cargo space of 66 cubic feet.

The model Y will have 13 cubic meters more storage space and still be much more aerodynamic. This video shows the storage capacity of the Niro EV in the second row and compares the statistics with other popular EVs.

Next we have the Audi e-tron with a drag coefficient of 0.28 and a cargo hold of only 57 cubic feet. Even at more than $ 72,000, I can not find an electric crossover SUV with more cargo space than a Model Y.

The Kia Soul EV has this traditional SUV shape, but its drag coefficient is .35 and the awful cargo space is only 49.5 cubic feet. In addition, it is only 15 meters long. There is no deposit in the back of this car, at least for me.

We can count on Tesla to do the right thing instead of the simple one. The simple thing is to make a tiny version of an SUV and maintain its inefficient design because people are used to it. The right thing to do is to create a crossover with the best combination of range, volume, safety features, autonomy and aerodynamic shape. Tesla could have made it look like it was a traditional, boxy off-road vehicle that appealed to consumers, but that would have been expensive. Instead, Tesla opted for function and sustainability over traditional forms.

It's simple physics! It's design based on first principles not what everyone else is doing. They do not make SUV like everyone else. Instead, think about the most aerodynamic / safe form and then change it as little as possible to create a functional and comfortable passenger compartment. To go beyond that, you should be creative with other materials (glass) to offer even more headroom and an incredible sense of expansiveness .

Hopefully Tesla can change the traditional view about the shape of SUVs should be . The shape is simply a more sustainable design. This shape can be increased in the future as batteries become cheaper and more dense. Of course, the Model X is a larger version of the Model Y (with fancier doors). This form becomes more and more meaningful from a physical point of view.

It's worth trying Tesla to create a paradigm shift in the perspective of an SUV. Nevertheless, I unofficially call for a future Model G to compete with the Chevy Suburban, as in Giant. It will be able to fly "like a G6" (that's a private jet). Such a vehicle will certainly be possible in the future. It could be financed from the proceeds of the Model Y. It could also be the basis for self-propelled commuter shuttles. Hopefully, the superior shape of the Model Y will go nowhere. If physics has the say, it will not.

I'm sorry I can not give you any more details on how important the backend of the Model Y is for its drag coefficient. It was not for lack of effort. However, I know that a drop of water comes close to the ideal shape of an aerodynamic car, and this is probably the reason for the falling back end of the model Y and the entire S.3.X.Y. align. I think Tesla could have explained it better in the presentation, but it's obvious when you look at S.3.X.Y. Models at once. This basic shape should probably be a timeless principle, just as the wheel serves the transportation and arch of the architecture.

You can argue that Tesla should only do what everyone else does. However, I think that what Tesla did is the right one. It has set the following priorities:

4.) Functionality

3.) Sustainability

2.) Safety

1.) AUTONOMY !!!!

I have Autonomy on # 1 since it fulfills the function of the other three. Autonomous cars become drastically safer, more sustainable and have the most important functionality a vehicle can have. We must remember Tesla's long-term goal of developing self-driving taxis, shuttles, buses and semitrailer tractors. Sales from the sale of the S.3.X.Y. Models will finance a future in which most people and businesses use self-driving taxis, shuttles, buses and semitrailers (in conjunction with other public transport). Transportation as a service will be much more sustainable, safer and more convenient for our future cities. And it is the S.3.X.Y. a range that makes the technology of self-propelled perfect, so that most of us do not have to own cars in the future. After all, we can save thousands of dollars every year by choosing not to own a car. Of course, sharing is more sustainable.

I think Tesla is incredibly smart to integrate self-propelled hardware into every Model Y. The company does not know who will buy the self-propelled software later date. The additional revenue from software packages will be considerable. In the next few years, however, it is most important that as many Tesla vehicles collect data as possible to train the self-propelled software. Of all companies operating self-propelled vehicles, Tesla has probably covered 99% of autonomous kilometers. This lead is growing day by day.

Tesla could have built a slightly larger SUV, but would then have fewer resources to plug into the technology of self-driving. It probably would not be able to afford to integrate self-propelled hardware into all Y models. I am convinced that almost all Model Ys are upgraded in one way or another to a self-driver. Some are likely to be self-traded and become self-driving taxis. No other car company sells vehicles that already have the opportunity to generate considerable revenue after the sale.

Creating the Model Y attracts the most buyers while achieving the four above-mentioned factors (goals). Hopefully, other vehicle manufacturers will see the significantly improved aerodynamics of the Model Y and the entire S.3.X.Y. Installation available. A drag coefficient of 0.23 or less could become the norm. Part of Tesla's importance is to make this standard desirable instead of requiring it in some form or manner through government regulations.

Last week I thought Tesla would have to change the Model Y to make it look like other SUVs. This week I hope that our perception of what an SUV should look like is permanently changed by the Tesla Model Y. In addition, the long length of the Tesla Model Y not only makes it more spacious, aerodynamic and efficient, but also provides larger crumple zones to protect us from accidents.

Considering what to do to make transportation safer and more sustainable, the Tesla Model Y is a big technology leap forward. I think that will become more and more obvious over time. So stay tuned.


As an addendum I would like to say the following: I am trying to read as many comments on CleanTechnica as possible. It became a full time hobby many years ago. Some commentators say we have an unfair attitude towards Tesla. I would like to respond to this criticism. We are independent writers spread all over the world and almost all of us have day jobs. I write about what inspires me and what matters most to me. It was not so long ago that I thought that Tesla made toys for the rich. That's the opposite of the truth, as I've learned what you can read about here: Why buying a Tesla is the best thing you can do for the environment .


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Tags: Tesla, Tesla Model Y, Tesla Model Y Aerodynamics, Tesla Model Y Roof


About the Author

Kurt Lowder I am a Scot who becomes a would-be Geek was. Later in life, I fell in love with science thanks to the History Channel, which shows the "Universe". I have taught secondary school science and am of the opinion that astronomy should be taught every year because nothing appeals to students more than the cosmos. I became an avid cleantech fan because it gives me hope for the future. My wife, dogs and I just live because we love the world traveler style.




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