The first Tesla Model Y from the new Tesla factory near Berlin is a psychological milestone. The dragon slayer of the German auto industry is therefore now building fat Americans under the smoke of the Reichstag. Musk is sitting there, which is surprising, because no German car magnate believed in his revolution. In this way he could attack without hindrance, which is why the Germans are now also gathering Teslas, as if the Trojans themselves built Horses.
You don’t realize the German quality bonus. The Brandenburg Tesla is no better put together than the California one. The Germans would be worried about the head panel. Push the rim and you’ll see it move, a millimeter to play – but it doesn’t budge. As if the Germans are fighting too hard for their premium claims, by the way. They have been under a lot of pressure lately. The minimum range of electric vehicles makes compromises on the finish and the use of equipment unavoidable. Then the difference becomes small. Its ecological performance, on the other hand, still leaves the German competition suffocating.
Time and time again, Teslas surprise with their incredible efficiency, including this two-ton, high, four-wheel SUV. Its two engines together produce 462 horsepower and overdrive it looks like a dream fuel-intake. But he sips the stream like a hamster from a pet water bottle.
At the time of departure, the distance is 478 km. The temperature is good at 16 degrees, the strong wind is a bummer. When I arrived, after 191 km of driving, I still have power left for 298 km. So the Y has used 15.1 kWh per 100 km with air conditioning, which had a hard time with the large cabin under the glass roof to strengthen the heat. My little electric BMW, more than 650 kg light, makes it a good day with difficulty. Such a big plug Koreans use almost the same amount, but no German with such a mind exploits as wisely as this Y. Then you talk about a car crushing a Porsche Taycan at speed at a traffic light. I did not drive faster than 110 with Performance, but ashamed of my dignity and the damage to my body, I pressed the pedal immediately. You see a real star. Example Y is not God, Elon is already there, but close.
Fashionable curling shop
Furthermore, it is a better design in the sense that more thought has gone into it than arguing with it. Tesla has lifted the familiar lines of the Model 3 so subtly that you can see the difference from afar. Model X is a girl. While the space increased significantly, including the head under the panoramic roof that often prevents freedom of movement and competitors. He will not age quickly, because with his online updates he keeps up with the times and outside does not contradict the theme and fashionable curls. Ditto the interior: shelves and screens, no style, everything necessary.
Musk has never billed Tesla as a design brand on a shield. Design, and I think he knows it, is the passion that is destroying Europe. This brand sets priorities. What should the score be? Multimedia, ergonomics, usability, driving freely. Tesla Autopilot with Full Self-Driving Capability, a package of 7,500 euros, now also recognizes traffic lights and signals with sound waves when they turn green. Nonsense, but smart nonsense, for not caring to warn everyone how this Y’s digital sensibilities are prepared for the taking.
Even the quirks of the Tesla Model Y are interesting
No car has a higher IQ than Tesla. Everything goes fast. Loading, accelerating, scrolling, working. I love the seamless functionality of the infotainment architecture. Sometimes logic confuses you for a while in its obscurity. Above the image of the car on the screen it says ‘unlock unlock’ above the front and back, making you think they are unlocked, when the description only shows that you can unlock them through the screen by touching the screen. clearly Even inconsistency endures. To adjust the steering wheel and mirrors with the left scroll wheel on the steering wheel, ‘steering wheel’ or ‘mirror’ must first be checked on the display. Sweet!
Small thing: In the wash cabin I sprayed open the cover of the loading port with a high pressure spray. Maybe the Germans can fix it. They were always good at hinges and locks. And then again good pounding on the Autobahn. Continue on red/ with Elon’s Trojan Horse!
A version of this article also appeared in the newspaper on June 18, 2022