Why Tesla Owners Love Carbon Fiber
Posted at 11:00 • August 17, 2020 • Dom Sutanah
Our Tesla accessories store features a lot of carbon fiber components. It’s not by accident. Tesla owners really love carbon fiber. So, you may be reading this, wondering why this is the case. Sit back, relax, and read on. You’ll definitely understand why you should join the wagon.
Tesla Promotes Accessorizing
Did you know Tesla’s manufacturing model encourages you and other Tesla enthusiasts and owners to buy accessories for their vehicles, albeit indirectly? As a Tesla owner, you may have come to the conclusion that Tesla, the company, is more of a tech and software company than a vehicle manufacturer. Perhaps because a Tesla has more software than any car with a combustion engine. Or that the company supports a tech ecosystem that enables regular updates, which, in turn, promote a better drive experience for Tesla owners, each time.
It can, therefore, be said that Tesla focuses more on the tech and software aspects of its business. But, why not? It is one of the reasons Tesla is still ahead in the electric vehicle (EV) market. Moreover, it has made it the most valuable vehicle manufacturer globally, as seen through Tesla’s stock performance and market capitalization.
However, it’s also the reason why people choose to buy Tesla accessories and mods. Here’s how.
Tesla’s Minimalistic Approach
Tesla has what we can refer to as a minimalistic approach to manufacturing its vehicles. For instance, the Model 3 was launched in July 2017 while the Model Y was released in March 2019. In this almost two-year period, it’s expected that Tesla should have come up with new technologies and components which it would then integrate into the Model Y, right? Well, wrong.
Contrary to expectations, the Model Y shares about 76% of its parts with the Model 3. This was done to help the company reduce the manufacturing expenses by increasing the economies of scale in its supply chain. Hence, Tesla could negotiate lower prices with its suppliers. Additionally, the move would help Tesla solve problems such as delays experienced in its service centers since parts would be delivered quicker and more easily.
Furthermore, unlike other manufacturers that allow buyers to choose from a wide range of options, which they then integrate into the vehicles and deliver accordingly, Tesla doesn’t. Instead, it sells and ships cars with very few options. Currently, if you intend to purchase a Tesla Model Y, you can only choose the following:
- One of two car choices: either the performance or the long-range
- One of five exterior color choices
- One of two interior color choices
- One of two interior layouts (number of seats)
The reduced catalog from which a customer can choose also applies to all the other models. What you receive, as a result is a basic, bland-looking vehicle.
Aftermarket Accessories and Mods
As such, as a Tesla enthusiast, jumping the hoops and hurdles that the manufacturer has put in place regarding the reduced options, comes naturally. Essentially, it’s doing what Tesla has failed to do or is unable to do by making your car prettier and no-longer-basic. You accomplish this by buying aftermarket accessories and mods with the primary intention of making their electric vehicles eye candy, aggressive-looking, and unique.
At PimpMyEv, a Tesla accessories store, we solve Tesla’s limitations by offering you accessories for either interior or exterior decoration, dashboard mods, and even spoilers for Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. The common denominator is that our accessories are made of carbon fiber. So, why carbon fiber, and why do Tesla owners love carbon fiber?
Why Tesla Owners Love Carbon Fiber
Firstly, carbon fiber is composed of a woven carbon fiber, which is laminated. The woven appearance is attractive. It is then accentuated by the epoxy resin laminate that bonds the fibers together and also gives an overall glossy finish. The end product is an exquisite and light component.
In this regard, buying carbon fiber accessories and mods for a Tesla is done to add beauty. It’s worth mentioning that Tesla produces luxury vehicles. As such, the accessories add to the EV’s luxurious attribute and are emblematic of magnificence and uniqueness.
Notably, no available material can replicate carbon fiber’s capabilities. It has a deep black color, high gloss finish, and a woven appearance than is discernible by sight and can also be felt texture-wise. It’s impossible not to love it.
Tesla owners also love carbon fiber because it doesn’t add any noticeable weight that would otherwise reduce the batteries’ range or vehicle performance. Though it hasn’t been explicitly proven in any scientific study, we used results from tests by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reveal that weight impacts a Tesla’s range.
Figure 2: Model 3 weight numbers
Figure 3: Model 3 Range
A 2019 Model 3 has a curb weight of 3624 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4805 pounds.
Figure 4: Model S weight figures
Figure 5: Model S range
On the other hand, a 2016 Model S has a curb weight of 4576 pounds and a GVWR of 5710 pounds. With 85.53 kWh of energy, the Model S had a range of 342.42 miles (figure 4), while the Model 3 had a range of 367.6 miles, with 61.99 kWh of energy (figure 2). Even with less battery energy, the Model 3 had a more extended range, alluding to the effect of weight on this parameter.
Carbon Fiber Is Here To Stay
Carbon fiber accessories and mods are, therefore, preferred because they’re decorative without adding any weight that would adversely impact a Tesla’s range. As such, they’re particularly advantageous to electric vehicles (EVs).
Carbon fiber is considered a wonder material because it has many desirable properties. These include self-lubrication, high toughness, and strength. It’s easy to forge into shape and can, therefore, make a plethora of vehicle components. Also, carbon fiber doesn’t corrode or rust even without any paint or primer, unlike metals. It doesn’t rot like wood.
The high toughness means that forged carbon fiber can be made into a front lip or rear spoiler and still have guaranteed longevity. You can also use it as a side mirror cover, door handle protection covers, or pedal cover, too, especially because these parts are susceptible to scratches.
Like every other car enthusiast, Tesla owners associate carbon fiber with performance and quality. This is so because performance vehicle manufacturers such as McLaren and Lamborghini prefer carbon fiber parts because of their lightweight and strength. As such, by purchasing accessories made from carbon fiber for your Tesla, you are assured of having advanced and quality materials in or on your vehicles.
With this background, visit our Tesla accessories store. It has all the carbon fiber accessories and mods you need for whichever Tesla model you own. They are guaranteed to make your Tesla EV more aesthetically pleasing, aggressive-looking, unique, and eye candy. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the aesthetic improvements.