The Question that covers the most bases is:If you think prospective customers are eagerly waiting for final CT specs, imagine how badly the OEM competition is waiting, lol.
The OEM's are totally left in the dark at this point and unable to even plan for what they need to compete against.
I am going to predict a few of the toughest challenges the OEM's could be up against and in the order I believe is the greatest impact.
1. CHARGING SPEED. With the new cells and the dynamics of enhanced heat management and shortened electrical paths baked into them we could see a rather large speed increase in charging. I believe this could take OEM's a few years to even catch up to. Note: we could see a preview of this when the new Model Y releases as a good gauge of the impact. I see this as one of the largest values for convincing people on the fence to make the EV switch and more so for the folks that may not be all that EV savvy.
2. The obvious one is RANGE. This really boils down to the structural battery pack as a whole. At the same total energy storage values, Tesla is going to have far better weight to power ratio so the same max storage is going to propel the vehicle for a longer duration or range. Throw in a dash of Octovalve (maybe even a newer or enhanced version?) and some very low aero drag numbers and the range continues to climb.
3. PERFORMANCE. If rear wheel steering comes to fruition on every CT produced I would not be surprised if towing specs increase by a measurable amount. The CT is not going to have a incredible top speed thus the gearing is likely going to be much lower than the Plaid powertrain is in Model S. Could we see torque numbers in the 1200-1300 ft lbs range if HP is brought down to 800 or so? We also have to remember that full power from the new carbon wrapped motors has not actually been OTA released yet (as I understand it), I believe they are holding some power back while they field test further to see where they can break it at.
4. TECH. I am not even going to guess at this one. This is the easiest one to hold under wraps as its not as easy to physically glean from seeing a CT at a testing site.
5. DURABILITY. Action backs words here. If the battery life is as good as we/they think it is and along with the durability of the motors, could we see industry leading warranty on the drive train? Warranty matters as nobody wants to still be paying on a vehicle loan while also paying to repair the same vehicle.
What is 30X Stainless Steel???????
What we know: 30X has something to do with SpaceX, and that's it.
What can we imply? That it will be extremely durable, but also quite light (in terms of SS) because rockets are all about weight.
I've mentioned this on another thread:
Stainless Steel has excellent thermal properties, in theory, this will keep your interior cooler/warmer (think a SS Rambler) thus less drain on the battery, that's more juice for range and less charging long term, thus longer battery life.
I don't know if the performance specs will improve per se, I think they will be verified as being true to the design. There actually might be a slight increase because it will be about 5% smaller overall.