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Live Model Y Q&A Session for All-Access Patrons! 60+ Questions Answered!

Live Q&A Session recorded on 5/14: Sandy spends time answering questions posed by our loyal all-access Patreon members. Throughout the stream, Sandy addresses topics such as heated radar, wiring, fuel cell vehicles, solid state batteries, noise reduction foam, 48V wiring, chrome and its effect on the environment, motor cost efficiencies, COVID impacts, continuous improvement, regen …

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Model Y E40: Mega Wrap Up Episode – Top 10 Takeaways and Future Plans

Episode 40: The final Model Y teardown episode. Time has flown by and it sure has been a wild ride. In this episode Sandy summarizes the top 10 takeaways from the Model Y teardown coupled along with both new and old footage throughout. Sandy wraps up this teardown series by sincerely thanking all the viewers, …

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Tesla Model Y E36: The Octovalve Episode

Episode 36: Now that the Octovalve and Heat Pump system have been completely disassembled, Sandy walks us through the components that comprise them, explaining how they’re made and what functions they perform. We also get to experience a little NHL history and an explanation of what to expect in our standalone report for the Heat …

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Model Y E35: Individual Battery Cell Removal and Comparing the MY-M3 Battery Modules

Episode 35: Now that the Model Y battery has returned from being safely discharged, Sandy compares a module from the Model Y to one from the initial Model 3, highlighting changes that have been made along the way. We then witness Sandy getting his hands dirty with the Dremel and chisel, demonstrating what’s involved in …

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Model Y E34: AutoPilot, Acceleration, and Turns on Rails in the Second Model Y

Episode 34: With the sun shining on a beautiful Michigan day, Sandy takes the second Model Y for a spin as part of the dynamic portion of a Fit, Finish, and Quality (FFQ) audit. Sandy describes what he likes, how it compares to other vehicles, and shares a few stories along the way. Mother’s Day …

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Model Y E33: Sparks Fly for a Breakdown of the Body-in-White

Episode 33: As the Body-in-White starts to be dismantled, Sandy walks us through some of the considerations that go into designing a body for manufacturability and functionality. We take a look at welding strategies, panel shingling, and structural doublers among other topics, and we get to see the air arc in action! Buy the Uberturbine …

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Model Y E32: High Voltage Battery Comparison – Cylindrical vs. Prizmatic vs. Pouch

Episode 32: Sandy walks us through the specifics of the 3 major types of High Voltage battery constructions available in the market today, demonstrating pros and cons. Additionally, we take a close look at the substructure of a Model 3 HV battery module while we wait for our Model Y module to return from being …

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Model Y E31: Environmental Stewardship on the Exterior Trim, Door Modules, and Motor Bay

Episode 31: Sandy walks us through Tesla’s progression of chromed and plated parts from the S through the Y, pointing out why less “bling” benefits in both reduced environmental impact and reduced costs. Additionally, we talk through the recycling process of a door and door module, and take a look at how and why Tesla …

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Making my Tesla model X suck LESS

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Model Y E30: Advantages of Module-Built Door Construction and Lessons from the Past

Episode 30: Sandy begins with a walk down memory lane and transitions into demonstrating the advantages of module-built door construction. We take a look at the internals of the door, summarizing topics including side impact countermeasures, manufacturability enablers, and potential areas for improvement. If you like the content you’re seeing, please consider visiting our website …

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