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JB Straubel- Model 3 will be mostly NEW technology

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by aronth5, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. aronth5

    aronth5 Long Time Follower

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    There has been an assumption by many that the Model 3 will not have a lot of new technology. Instead it will leverage much that has been designed for the Model
    S and Model X. How else can you meet the $35k price. As an example many have said Tesla will use the new motor technology used for AWD in the Model S. Sounds like that is not true.
    JB Straubel in a presentation at the University of Nevada- Reno on 10/11/15 pretty much punched a hole in that theory.

    He stated the Model 3 will be mostly new technology including "new motor technology, new battery technology, inventing new platform and new structure technology". Common theme was new.

    at 59:20
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k10BOn-ixEU#t=4m02s
     
  2. apacheguy

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    New AP tech as well
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Here's my transcription of that portion of the talk:

    "We're inventing a whole new platform: it's a new battery architecture, it's a new motor technology - brand new vehicle structure...so it's a lot of work. This is something we started on even a few years ago. But it is a brand new vehicle - and it has to be."
     
  4. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure that characterization is correct. I'm pretty sure it was always assumed that the battery technology as well as the platform would be completely new. There was some speculation that the AWD motors would be reused, but that was it.

    What might also be reused is the 17" screen, as well as similar parts, interior wise and for the general car parts (not EV specific). However, that would not fall under the scope of what Straubel was addressing.
     
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    Wow, that surprises me. I assume they are doing to drive the cost down. Impressive.
     
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    Better be. Doesn't sound "less complicated" to me though.
     
  7. AnOutsider

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    They probably mean they won't go adding unneeded things like auto-opening or crab-leg-hinge doors.
     
  8. aronth5

    aronth5 Long Time Follower

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    I agree partly with your characterization but I was somewhat surprised by the degree JB emphasized "new". For example, we all know the Model 3 platform will be smaller but to the extent they implement any significant new technology
    in the battery pack design many would consider that a mild surprise.
     
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    costs are not reduced just by reuse, that can only do so much.
    They are obviously designing this car to be more efficient to build, so it makes sense for it all to be new.
    The final product is much more likely to be less complex.
    A complex reused design can only get you so far.
     
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    Awesome. Thanks for noticing that and posting it here.
     
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    Skotty 2014 Model S P85

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    Probably just means new, as in, the next iteration of the technology. It's new, but builds off of prior work and lessons learned.
     
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    Cost reduction can result in a lot of "new" things. With the S and X they could be a bit freer (especially early on with some of the structural over-engineering on the S, that they eventually removed) with spending given the ASP and margins.
     
  14. Blurry_Eyed

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    What about either using BMW's Carbon Fiber tech directly or developing something similar to it?
     
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    I thought this was supposed to be cheap?
     
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    It is about 7x the cost of aluminum per pound and about 20% weight savings.

    Tesla has previously said Model 3 would not be all aluminum to save money implying much steel/high strength steel would be used.
     
  17. brkaus

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    New may be setting the groundwork for being late... I hope not, ready to put down a deposit.
     
  18. Stoneymonster

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    Oh it'll be late all right.
     
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    #19 Cosmacelf, Oct 16, 2015
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    Yes, about the only thing you can be sure about is that it'll be late!
     
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    Maybe what's new is it won't be late!
     

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