The Japanese engineers took apart a Tesla Model 3. One component impressed her particularly deeply. Now they claim that Tesla is so far ahead of established competitors that the automaker’s technology could destroy the automotive supply chains as we know them.
Tesla does not need to peddle with its production figures in and of itself: less than 400,000 cars were delivered in 2019, while Toyota and Volkswagen each sell around 10 million cars – every year.
Nevertheless, the Japanese engineers, who were supposed to disassemble a Tesla Model 3 on behalf of the daily Nikkei Asian Review , are deeply impressed by the technology that they find in the almost 50,000 euro electric car. What strikes the engineers most is the integrated central control unit from Tesla, the “full self-driving computer”. This little piece of technology, also known as Hardware 3, is the company’s biggest weapon in the emerging electric car market. It could simply make the automotive supply chain as we know it redundant.