Tesla CEO Elon Musk has never shied away from vouching for the longevity of his cars. However, this might be a new record for his Model 3 units.
The automaker released pictures of the Model 3 after 1 million miles of testing, and they're impressing even Tesla's skeptics.
Model 3 motor & gearbox still in good condition after driving 1M miles. Designed for ultra high endurance. https://t.co/LVO2clQZ3V— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 15, 2018
The 1 million mile goal is something Musk and his team have been working toward since 2015. During that year, he told investors and shareholders on a conference call:
"We are very happy with the quality of the drive unit. We changed the goal of the drive unit endurance from being approximately 200,000 miles to being a million miles – just basically we want drive units that just never wear out. That’s our goal. I think we made really good progress in that direction. the drive unit that are going out now and for the last several months have been excellent."
The 1 million mile challenge for these vehicles is to power long-haul cars like the Tesla Semi. The Tesla Semi is getting closer to using the company's finalized one-million-mile electric drive train.
This milestone announcement for the Model 3 comes a little over a week after Musk tweeted about the high safety performance features on his cars.
The physics of how Tesla achieved best safety of any cars ever tested. Note, when vehicle weight is taken into account, order is more like X,S, then 3, but they are all very close. https://t.co/hQz0hnElp2— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2018
The company even theorized Tesla could be the safest automotive manufacturer in the world:
Model 3 provides superior safety with its front crumple zone which is optimized to absorb energy and crush upon impact https://t.co/RJEn0LlVNipic.twitter.com/foF7CXPCc0— Tesla (@Tesla) October 8, 2018
Interesting Engineering is keeping an eye on Elon Musk's Twitter and the Tesla company announcements for further information.