What the Worst Tesla in History Looks Like

The much-loved Tesla Model 3, at first glance, has become better due to a hybrid powertrain developed specifically for the model. However, it's not that simple.

Austria-based Obrist Powertrain has developed a new powertrain for the Tesla Model 3. At the same time, the hybrid has a petrol internal combustion engine, which is very unusual for Tesla’s cars.

The petrol ICE is an unusual unit for a Tesla The petrol ICE is an unusual unit for a Tesla

First of all, the new unit called the HyperHybrid is designed to offer car owners a really solid power reserve, which modern EVs cannot brag about. The common Tesla Model 3 in the most long-range configuration is able to overcome 518 km. After having received the hybrid modification, this figure reaches 1000 km.

The HyperHybrid is a great name that suits Tesla with its Cybertrucks and Hyperloops, isn't it? But despite the obvious advantage of an increased power reserve, this car can be called the worst Tesla's vehicle that has ever been designed.

The plug-in hybrid is based on the Tesla Model 3 The plug-in hybrid is based on the Tesla Model 3

The fact is that the American manufacturer considers 100-percent EVs to be the pinnacle of transport evolution. From this point of view, the appearance of the hybrid Tesla Model 3 is a blatant audacity and an absolute discrepancy between the given topic and the role of Tesla as the savior of the planet from pollution and other things that are usually told at press conferences.

Moreover, the project owners got rid of the standard engine and battery pack. They were replaced with new components – a petrol ICE, a small generator and a battery with a capacity of 17.3 kWh, which weighs only 98 kg (380 kg less than a 50-kilowatt unit in the common Model 3).

The standard ICE produces 54 hp The standard ICE produces 54 hp

A two-cylinder ICE, producing 54 hp, consumes about 3 liters of petrol every 100 km. It is interesting that the generator driven by the ICE is able to charge the battery at a speed above 65 km/h. Thanks to this, the external power grid for charging the car can be used less often, which slows down the wear of the battery pack. At speeds up to 65 km/h, the car is driven only by electric traction.

The ICE produces116 hp in the top-end configuration The ICE produces116 hp in the top-end configuration

Certainly, the Tesla Model 3 Obrist Mark II (this is how the car was named) loses in power and dynamics, but it is difficult not to appreciate its drive range. On the other hand, the development is much more important than it might seem. Comparing the prototype with the original Tesla EVs is not quite correct: Obrist Powertrain intends to offer its invention to different automakers, and the project owners do not doubt the effectiveness of the components.

It is expected that the first production cars with such a powertrain will appear in 2023. It is worth noting the low cost of the components: an ICE, a generator and a battery will cost €32.000 in total. Great offer!

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