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Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has ‘6 years lead over Toyota and VW’ in electronics, says new Model 3 teardown


Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has ‘6 years lead over Toyota and VW’ in electronics, says new Model 3 teardown

A new Tesla Model 3 teardown ordered by the Nikkei Business Publications came to the conclusion that Tesla is “6 years ahead of Toyota and VW” when it comes to electronics.

Tesla has impressed many engineers who dared to take apart a Model 3.

After its own Tesla Model 3 teardown, Munro and Associates thought of the vehicle’s electronics as a masterpiece and a German engineering firm was also quite impressed after reverse-engineering the Model 3.

Now Nikkei Business Publications, a Japanese media outlet, conducted its own Model 3 teardown and it was also impressed by Tesla’s electronics.

They wrote in a report:

“What stands out most is Tesla’s integrated central control unit, or “full self-driving computer.” Also known as Hardware 3, this little piece of tech is the company’s biggest weapon in the burgeoning EV market. It could end the auto industry supply chain as we know it.”

Engineers from Japanese automakers were apparently also involved in the teardown:

One stunned engineer from a major Japanese automaker examined the computer and declared, “We cannot do it.”

The Full Self-Driving computer they are talking about was released in April of 2019 and therefore, the other teardowns didn’t involve the new equipment.

When launching the new system that powers its Autopilot and other advanced features in its cars, Tesla claimed that it was “objectively the best chip in the world”.

They claimed it can perform 144 trillion operations per second, manage 2,300 frames per second, and do it all while consuming less power.

Nikkei shared a picture of the system:

They estimate that such computers won’t make their way in competitors until 2025:

“This kind of electronic platform, with a powerful computer at its core, holds the key to handling heavy data loads in tomorrow’s smarter, more autonomous cars. Industry insiders expect such technology to take hold around 2025 at the earliest.”

You would think that if other automakers wanted to invest in developing their own advanced computing platform, they could do it with their vast resources.

However, Nikkei gave a strange reason why this will not happen:

“The real reason for holding off? Automakers worry that computers like Tesla’s will render obsolete the parts supply chains they have cultivated over decades, the engineer said. Such systems will drastically cut the number of electronic control units, or ECUs, in cars. For suppliers that depend on these components, and their employees, this is a matter of life and death.”

They believe that other automakers “feel obliged to continue using complicated webs of dozens of ECUs” while Tesla is able to take a more “clean slate” and vertical approach to electronics.

Electrek’s Take

Really, that’s going to be their excuse for being behind Tesla’s technology? They don’t want to negatively affect their suppliers?

Look, no one wants anyone to lose their jobs, but they will lose them anyway if everyone stops buying their cars because Tesla is just running with all of it.

The real reason is that traditional automakers have all moved to a supply chain-heavy model where they don’t have expertise in electronics and instead focus on other vehicle components, like engines, chassis, suspensions, etc.

It also results in very long product cycles so innovations happen on long timeframes.

Tesla took a different approach by vertically integrating a much higher percentage of parts, especially those it deems critical, like the onboard computer and electronics, and adopting an innovation cycle much more similar to the tech industry.

Technical Indicators

Overall, the bias in prices is: Upwards.

Note: this chart shows extraordinary price action to the upside.

By the way, prices are vulnerable to a correction towards 568.16.

The projected upper bound is: 914.00.

The projected lower bound is: 704.61.

The projected closing price is: 809.31.


A white body occurred (because prices closed higher than they opened).
During the past 10 bars, there have been 7 white candles and 3 black candles for a net of 4 white candles. During the past 50 bars, there have been 33 white candles and 16 black candles for a net of 17 white candles.

Momentum Indicators

Momentum is a general term used to describe the speed at which prices move over a given time period. Generally, changes in momentum tend to lead to changes in prices. This expert shows the current values of four popular momentum indicators.

Stochastic Oscillator

One method of interpreting the Stochastic Oscillator is looking for overbought areas (above 80) and oversold areas (below 20). The Stochastic Oscillator is 71.2147. This is not an overbought or oversold reading. The last signal was a sell 7 period(s) ago.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The RSI shows overbought (above 70) and oversold (below 30) areas. The current value of the RSI is 70.01. This is where it usually tops. The RSI usually forms tops and bottoms before the underlying security. A buy or sell signal is generated when the RSI moves out of an overbought/oversold area. The last signal was a sell 7 period(s) ago.

Commodity Channel Index (CCI)

The CCI shows overbought (above 100) and oversold (below -100) areas. The current value of the CCI is 64. This is not a topping or bottoming area. The last signal was a sell 6 period(s) ago.


The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence indicator (MACD) gives signals when it crosses its 9 period signal line. The last signal was a sell 0 period(s) ago.

Rex Takasugi – TD Profile

TESLA INC closed down -3.970 at 800.030. Volume was 11% above average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 217% wider than normal.

Open     High      Low     Close     Volume___
787.220 812.970 785.500 800.030 15,693,711
Technical Outlook 
Short Term: Neutral
Intermediate Term: Bullish
Long Term: Bullish
Moving Averages: 10-period     50-period     200-period
Close: 781.58 523.56 318.23
Volatility: 175 93 71
Volume: 30,393,254 18,138,648 11,347,713

Short-term traders should pay closer attention to buy/sell arrows while intermediate/long-term traders should place greater emphasis on the Bullish or Bearish trend reflected in the lower ribbon.


TESLA INC is currently 151.4% above its 200-period moving average and is in an upward trend. Volatility is high as compared to the average volatility over the last 10 periods. Our volume indicators reflect moderate flows of volume into TSLA.O (mildly bullish). Our trend forecasting oscillators are currently bullish on TSLA.O and have had this outlook for the last 40 periods. Our momentum oscillator is currently indicating that TSLA.O is currently in an overbought condition.

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