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VW vs. Tesla 2024

It's all nonsense to count the years that VW is supposedly lagging behind Tesla. It will come next year 2025 where we can see how big and whether there is still a distance.

Both companies are promising a smaller model for this year. However, the approach is very different. VW presented prototypes, but the first one was not particularly well done, the second one (picture above) may be very close to the final form.

Tesla, on the other hand, is not showing anything that comes close to the model one wants to produce, at least nothing that you can touch. They are obviously afraid of revealing too much, or they are concentrating their efforts on the actual production. Leaving the Tesla boys and girls guessing has always been the strategy here.

And they happily take up this, driven by the boss, who promises completely new production methods. There is already one, namely having the front and rear substructure cast in one piece. This should now be supplemented by making the car only consist of five main modules.

There would then be the rear with the substructure, drive, luggage compartment and rear seat unit, the front also with the substructure and remaining technology, the floor with the integrated battery and front seats and, to hold the whole thing together, the two side parts.

However, if you compare the ongoing simplification of the front and rear modules, you will notice that VW also produces the entire bodyshell with almost no staff and is working hard to approach Tesla's overall production speed.

Ultimately, there isn't much scope for savings, which would of course be urgently needed at a price of €25,000. There are rumors of seats that will be made with less manual labor. Let's see what's left of it after the 'Hell of Production'.

It is of course nonsense that the cabling in Model 2 could be revolutionized. Savings perhaps through the main power supply around the car, but then there are also dangers from high current. The 48V system from the Cybertruck also initially incurs costs due to the more expensive battery.

Tesla's latest problems with vibrations in the chassis show that even the smallest changes to the chassis can cause problems. So, let go of the hype and look realistically at what's coming. How finished are the vehicles that come out of the first production?

The expectations of the robots modeled on humans, also called 'bots', also developed by Tesla, are far too high. By the time they can be used in production, there will be at least one update of the Model 2, if at all. After all, there are already a lot of robots working in a car factory.

Tesla's lead in software is already reduced when you look at VW's version 4. And there's nothing completely new to be expected for Model 2 and ID.2, if that's what it's called. No, we don't believe in revolutions in automobile manufacturing, just what we see.

Both companies have their merits in the conception and introduction of electric cars. To maintain our neutrality, we now own both VW and Tesla shares. Not many, but enough to hopefully be enjoyable to check once in a while.

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