Volvo has registered the first Model Y in Sweden — possibly with aims to reverse-engineer the car, and learn Tesla's tricks, according to registration documents shared in a tweet earlier today.
Volvo possibly reverse-engineering Tesla's Model Y
The first Tesla Model Y in Sweden was just imported under Volvo's name, which means the automaker may be interested in looking under the hood, as it were, and learning Tesla's trick to turning the auto market on to all-electric vehicles.
Another tweet speaking of the buy said that a white Tesla Model Y is now available in Sweden, imported by Volvo Cars AB. Since the Model Y won't enter the European market before Giga Berlin is built, Volvo imported the all-electric car from the Tesla plant in California.
It's highly unlikely Volvo bought a Tesla just to take a cruise, which lends credibility to the idea of buying for the purposes of reverse-engineering. After all, it wouldn't be the first time: in 2018, Volvo bought a Model 3 (which wasn't yet on the European market), for this reason.
Reverse-Engineering Tesla's Model Y
Reverse engineering is also called "back-engineering," and entails the process of dismantling and deconstructing a man-made machine to unveil its designs, architecture, and extract secrets hidden in the machine. From a certain point of view, it's a legal form of industrial espionage.
The reasons for reverse-engineering vary depending on the industry or scientific field. The process began in the post-production analysis of hardware for military or commercial advantage. For example, many believe Russian espionage was actively watching the U.S. development of nuclear weapons shortly after World War II, to hasten the advance of their nuclear program.
This is a little less world-historic, but the idea of deducing design features of a machine or product with little to no knowledge of what ideas worked in the object's construction remains the same.
Berlin Model Y is the one to watch. That is a revolution in automotive body engineering (finally).— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2020
Berlin Model Y is 'a revolution in automotive body engineering,' says Elon Musk
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was quick to reply to the news, in a tweet that read: "Berlin Model Y is the one to watch. That is a revolution in automotive body engineering (finally)."
Probably a good one to design & engineer in Germany— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2020
Model Y's all-electric state-of-the-art appeal
Some major advancements made in the Tesla Y that may be of interest to Volvo include weldings, mega casting, heat pump, battery, the octovalve, and, of course, the electric motor.
These features are triggering a revolution in the automotive market, and will likely serve as an exemplar for automakers in the near future. Among whom, Volvo is the first to seek valuable intel on Tesla's Model Y.