Tesla Model Y AWD Dominates as the Most Efficient SUV Ever Built

By Kevin Armstrong
The Tesla Model Y is the most efficient SUV
The Tesla Model Y is the most efficient SUV
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Tesla showed some swagger on Twitter, posting that its Model Y AWD is the most efficient electric SUV ever built. Numbers don't lie, the Model Y gets an impressive 4.0 miles per kWh. The company shared a chart comparing the Model Y's EPA range against its competitors, showing Tesla's significant lead in energy efficiency.

Comparing Competitors' Energy Efficiency

The chart in Tesla's tweet displays the energy efficiency of various small all-wheel drive SUVs in miles per kWh. It clearly shows that the Tesla Model Y is in a league of its own, with competitors lagging behind. The Volkswagen ID.4 manages 3.2 miles per kWh, the Ford Mach E 3.1, the Jaguar iPace 2.7, and the Audi e-tron 2.6.

The Importance of Miles per kWh

A Reddit user highlighted the usefulness of measuring electric vehicle costs in miles per kWh. This metric allows users to easily compare the cost of driving an EV with a gas-powered car. For example, if a driver gets 20 mpg and the gas price is $4.00, traveling 40 miles will cost $8. Now if that same driver were in a Model Y, they would get 4 miles per kWh, and let's assume the price of electricity is 12 cents, then traveling 40 miles costs $1.20. This is a more user-friendly way of understanding EV costs than using watt-hours per mile. It demonstrates the significant cost savings associated with driving an electric vehicle compared to a traditional gas-powered car.

Audi Falling Behind in the EV Race

Twitter user Andy Slye responded to Tesla's tweet with a humorous jab at Audi, posting a conversation with Audi USA from December 2020. The conversation revealed that Audi USA questioned the necessity of a 300-mile range, which Slye countered by explaining the importance of having a buffer when charging isn't available every day or during emergencies. This highlights how Audi has been struggling to keep up with Tesla's advancements in electric vehicle range and efficiency.

The Tesla Model Y AWD's exceptional efficiency and impressive 330-mile range on a single charge make it a top choice for electric SUV buyers. As the electric vehicle market continues to expand, Tesla's focus on efficiency is good for consumers, the environment, and the company's bottom line.

EVs can consume significant energy when heating the cabin that should be considered when taking range into account
EVs can consume significant energy when heating the cabin that should be considered when taking range into account
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Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
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Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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