The Model Y and Model X look right at home traversing through the scorching desert.
Many are critical of Tesla, with detractors often finding fault with the fit and finish of these vehicles. And that's entirely fair, especially as owners pay a premium for Tesla EVs and are often met with disappointing build quality. But that's not to say the American automaker isn't trying to right these wrongs. Tesla recently treated us to a preview of its stringent quality and development testing regimes.
Tesla recently brought the entire range to the United Arab Emirates and subjected SUVs like the Model Y and Model X to extreme weather testing. "The climate here is special. "We are focused on mileage accumulation, hot weather-related tests, and product launch testing," explains one engineer.
The primary goal of these durability tests is to ensure these electric vehicles will survive and work flawlessly, regardless of the temperature and conditions. Tesla also conducts cold weather testing to ensure its cars operate in freezing climates.
Each day, the team covered between 155 - 250 miles, allowing them to get a feel of what the cars are like in hot weather. With temperatures reaching a scorching 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit, these EVs are not exactly out there for a walk in the park.
Just outside of Dubai is an area known as Ras Al Khaimah, home to Jebel Jais - the highest place in the UAE. Nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, it's the perfect place to punish the electric vehicle lineup and test their limits as they climb the steep mountain passes in the sweltering heat. Not only does this impact the range, but it places stress on the major electrical components.
The twisting roads also allow the engineers to evaluate the chassis and handling performance of the various vehicles.
"The hot climate is really challenging for the vehicle as it has to cool the battery [and] the drive units," remarked an engineer. However, another important aspect is put through its paces in this climate.
If you don't have a functional air-conditioner in Dubai, you will suffer. Testers use the A/C as much as possible to determine the system's effectiveness. The cabin overheating function is also evaluated during this time. The vehicles are even left out in the unforgiving sun for a long time to see how they stand up to the heat.
Tesla purposefully chose black-painted vehicles, as they retain heat more than any other car color. "We want to take the car that's most likely to suffer." It's worth noting that Tesla isn't the only automaker to do this; most manufacturers subject their vehicles to this torture.
Nevertheless, it's great to see. Let's hope we're treated to some footage of the Cybertruck in this terrain soon.
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