Tesla’s Cybertruck Frame Appears to Be Revealed in Leak

By Kevin Armstrong
Could this be the Cybertruck's frame?
Could this be the Cybertruck's frame?
Kim Java

Another image of what appears to be Tesla’s long-awaited Cybertruck has appeared on YouTube. Kim Java, a YouTuber with nearly 40 million views, told her viewers that someone sent her an image that looks like a big piece of Cybertruck.

You may recall a couple of months ago, YouTuber and drone pilot Joe Tegtmeyer posted video of two large, wrapped items, which could’ve been Cybertrucks, outside of the Gigafactory in Texas. But in the latest image, the covers are off, and we are given a lot of information about Tesla’s newest vehicle.

Java says the picture was taken in early December. The image appears to be inside a Tesla factory, presumably Texas, at a Powder Coating station. The company did report that Cybertruck was at the tooling stage in Texas during the third quarter earnings call.

No New Camping Experience

While it’s just one image, there is a big spoiler. The midgate, a rumored gate behind the back seats that would fold down does not appear to be happening. That spot is all megacast, making it next to impossible to add in at this stage. Not only would that allow for much longer items to be placed in the bed, it also eliminated what many were hoping would be a pretty unique camping experience.

Details on Materials

Java had to do a follow-up video after so much attention was given to the leaked image. She used information from Teslarati to give viewers more details that can be gathered from the picture. It appears to be two main parts put together, “one looked like a megacast and the other looked like it was hydroformed stainless steel,” reports Teslarati. It’s also pointed out that the megacast is much larger than the Model Y. Elon Musk has said that the Cybertruck would require the largest casting machine used to date.

Battery Issues

Java also said that a source told her, “the truck was designed to use the 4680 battery cells, but they’ve struggled with scaling up production in-house with those batteries,” that it could add more delays by the end of next year if they have to switch to 2170 cells to ramp up production.”

Finally, images like this from inside Tesla are very rare. Certainly, the company will be looking into it, and the worker seen in the image is looking directly at whoever is taking the photo. Hopefully, the leaked image doesn’t result in job losses as it has provided the Tesla community with much to talk about and proof that the Cybertruck is in production.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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