What’s the Difference? Chinese vs. German Tesla Model Y

Over the past few years, Tesla has become a global company – if not a global phenomenon. Elon Musk’s car brand was the first significant “electric car only” entry on the market, redefining speed, performance and what it meant to build a coveted car in the 21st century. That success has brought growth, and that growth has brought expansion, with the American company now opening factories (though not always building cars) in such distant places as Shanghai and Berlin… but like, the cars made in Germany are the same as those that are made in China?

Perhaps a more interesting question would be to ask someone who might have preconceived notions that cars built in Germany are better than cars made in China – and there are plenty of Americans who want to write the words “cheap Chinese junk” on an iPhone or MacBook Pro, which is largely built in China.

Just answer the question

OK, ok – I get it. We do not want to explore the Euro-centric and racial biases of middle-class Americans in this one, we just want to know what the differences are between Shanghai and Berlin-built Model Ys.

Lucky for us, a detail-oriented YouTuber in the UK called Richard Symon (host of the RSymon RSEV channel) has carefully examined the small differences between a Tesla Model Y Performance made at the new Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany, and another Long Range Model Y – in fact his own car! – was made at Tesla’s more established production site in Shanghai, China.

Without spoiling too much, one of them has a “noticeably” better ride quality and appears to have nicer materials used throughout the interior. Beyond that, check out the video below to find out more. Once you have done all that, however, we would very much like to hear your opinion, so scroll down to the comments and tell us!

The differences: Berlin Tesla Model Y Performance v. Shanghai Gigafactory Long Range

Source | Pictures: RSymons RSEV; via Notebook Check.



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