Tesla Model Y Conquers Multiple Tests in Japan, Proving Versatility and Performance

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla Model Y performed well in wet conditions
Tesla Model Y performed well in wet conditions
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StartYourEnginesX, a YouTube channel based in Japan that focuses on testing and reviewing cars, uploaded a series of videos that put the Tesla Model Y's through its paces with high-speed riding, double lane changing and wet swing brake tests. The tests were conducted with executives from Tesla Japan, Mercedes-Benz Japan, which also had a vehicle tested, and the Akebono Brake Industry.

Wet Braking Test

The purpose of the tests was to evaluate Model Y's wet grip approach when it comes to braking and turning on a damp surface. During the trials, Model Y approached a wet road surface at 60 miles per hour. Once on the wet pavement, the driver hammered the brakes while turning.

The video showcased the Model Y's impressive performance, with technicians giving the SUV a near-perfect score with 4.5 stars out of 5 for its stopping power and turning performance in wet conditions. Additionally, the Model Y was able to come to a stop on the curved course, with the technicians remarking that it performed exceptionally well despite the challenging conditions.

The Moose Test

Another video has the testers traveling at 60 mph and then swerving to the left and then back to the right, essentially mimicking what would happen if a moose suddenly appeared in your lane. Again, the test scored a perfect five stars, allowing the testers to stay in control while performing the high-speed maneuver. This video is worth the watch just for the poor guy with a clipboard that appears to be a bit nervous but doing his best to keep his game face on.

Other Tests Results

The Model Y also went for a high-speed ride around the closed track. Again, it received 4.5 stars for its performance. Another test demonstrated how fast the Model Y could stop at 60 mph. It came to a complete, under-control stop in less than 120 feet, earning another 4.5 stars. While Model Y grabbed top marks for acceleration with 0 to 60 times coming in under 4.3 seconds.

The Model Y has been gaining popularity in the automotive industry, with its impressive performance and innovative features making it a favorite among car enthusiasts worldwide. Its electric powertrain, spacious interior, and advanced technology make it a top contender in the SUV market. These videos showcase why the Model Y deserves accolades and continues to gain popularity in the automotive industry. Don't forget, it's also a top safety pick.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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