Tesla appeals to new glass supplier for Plaid Model S
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Tesla used a new type of automotive glass from supplier AGP for the Plaid Model S, invoking the idea that everything, even the smallest detail of the vehicle, was seen as a possible improvement for the rebirth of the all-electric flagship sedan of the business.
Many months ago, Teslarati came across a list of Tesla suppliers via international connections. These suppliers were shipping massive volumes of whatever product they gave Tesla on freighters, and we noticed that there was a company called AGP that shipped windshields and other auto eyewear to the Fremont factory in the company.
It turns out that AGP has been supplying Tesla with automotive glass for several years. In 2016, AGP supplied glass for the Model X’s panoramic roof and windshields. However, Tesla used AGC Automotive’s windshields for its cars, according to Investopedia.
AGP is a Peruvian company specializing in all types of automotive glass, but what it did for Tesla is particularly interesting. The company has been around for 50 years, but like everything else it is changing and the auto industry is no different. As electric vehicles have become more mainstream, the technologies surrounding the development of these new, sustainable automobiles are appearing left and right. AGP’s eGlass for electric and autonomous vehicles is no different.
Now, AGP says on its site that it works “closely with the companies leading the new wave of electric and autonomous vehicles of tomorrow”. When I first stumbled upon AGP several months ago on Tesla’s cargo list, there was no indication that there was an official partnership, so I looked into the matter a little further. I contacted AGP and received a response thanking me for my request, but refusing to confirm or deny if this was some sort of professional relationship with Tesla. Ironically, AGP gave the answer we needed, because answering me was all I needed to know.
Many may ask, “How important is the glass Tesla uses on its cars?” There are many suppliers of automotive glass worth their weight in gold, providing high quality windshields and glass for vehicles on the road. Of course, consumers will want something of relatively high quality, as nothing is worse than driving behind a tractor-trailer on the Interstate just to get a chip or a small crack on your windshield from something. something as small as a pebble. While strength is undoubtedly a need for all windshields, electric vehicles require a slightly different development.
One of the main goals of electric vehicles is their drag coefficient. Why is this so important? Because aerodynamics are crucial for the performance, range and efficiency of electric vehicles. As high-quality, long-lasting batteries are hard to come by in the electric vehicle industry, manufacturers are looking for all the benefits they can get to achieve robust range values. While Tesla is the leader in electric vehicle range figures, the company is still looking for ways to get all of its vehicles to or near the 400-mile mark.
Aerodynamics are a great way to do this. And Tesla has undoubtedly worked extremely hard to achieve the best-in-class coefficient of drag of 0.208, beating the impressive 0.21 coefficient of Lucid Air.
We knew aerodynamics was going to be a big part of the Plaid Model S when it was spotted at the Nürburgring two years ago. The vehicle sported a large spoiler, huge rear diffuser, and AGP’s new eGlass is just another addition to Tesla’s attempts to make the Plaid Model S the most aerodynamic vehicle in its lineup.
We finally confirmed that AGP was delivering the highly aerodynamic and EV-specific automotive glass to the Model S Plaid thanks to Tesla Raj, who took a photo of the manufacturer’s sticker on the window of the all-electric sedan at the show. Tesla delivery event on June 10. . All of this confirmed the discovery of AGP by Teslarati in its supplier list several months ago and also confirmed that the two companies had a partnership, despite AGP’s reluctance to provide a comment (which we understood why! )
New window manufacturer? pic.twitter.com/m4gjhkl7kR
– Tesla Raj (@tesla_raj) June 11, 2021
It reminds me of what Elon Musk should have been working on for the last week of Plaid development. When he announced that the event was going to be delayed for a week due to “tweaks”, I wondered if it was software or hardware. While this is likely a software patch that needed to be fixed, it could have been related to the coefficient of drag, which Tesla proudly displayed during the Plaid event on the 10th. Nevertheless, the vehicle was eventually put on. available for pre-orders, and the fastest production car to ever travel the quarter-mile drag is here, and it destroys everything in its path.
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