Franz on Roadster: Not a Priority, but Will Be Absolutely Worth It

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's Roadster 2.0 will be much more capable than originally shown
Tesla's Roadster 2.0 will be much more capable than originally shown
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The new Roadster is not a major concern for Tesla, and that's the cold hard truth. Yes, it's not the best news for those who achieved discounts on Roadsters with the referral program. However, it's wise for a company to not only stick to its mission statement but ramp up against the competition in electric vehicles.

Tesla's Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen spoke on Ride the Lightning podcast. The interview occurred at Tesla's headquarters in a boardroom with a picture of a Roadster. But von Holzhausen put any ideas for an upcoming Roadster announcement to bed quickly. "We're developing the car. I think you know we have priorities as a company where the priorities are mass electrification and Roadster is not a mass product."

Tesla Stays True to the Mission

As a reminder, Tesla's mission statement includes: to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass-market electric cars to market as soon as possible. The designer, who has professed his love of sports cars, had to speak on the reality of the situation, "So, unfortunately, it takes its kind of position, but we are working on it in earnest."

Franz on Ride the Lightning

However, von Holzhausen says the delay in producing the Roadster will benefit the car in the long term. "I think the time that we've taken has enabled us to really improve on basically every metric that we set out to establish when we first debuted."

The Roadster Will Amaze

The Tesla designer could not give any details but wants your imagination to take the wheel, "if you can just kind of extrapolate the performance and the usability of a Plaid Model S and you can imagine where that could go, then I think your imagination takes you to where we're headed as well in the capability and how much better the Roadster will be, and the wait will be absolutely worth it."

The Model S Plaid was recently noted as the fastest MotorTrend has ever tested. Moreover, the Plaid has already achieved Tesla's goals for the Roadster when it was unveiled in 2017. So, taking von Holzhausen's advice, imagine the Model S Plaid power surging through a vehicle half its size. That is mind-blowing!

As impressive as the Roadster will be, Tesla's focus on mass production, including a possible entry-level, much less expensive vehicle, is much more critical to the company's future.

Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Due to Accelerator Pedal Issue

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla has informed several Cybertruck reservation holders of delays in their delivery schedules. Several notifications were posted on the Cybertruck Owner’s Club, stating the need to postpone scheduled deliveries due to an "unexpected delay" without initially providing detailed explanations to customers.

Technical Issues Identified

However, that is where the Tesla community steps in. More posts on X and the Cybertruck Owner’s Forum revealed that the delays are linked to a design issue with the accelerator pedal of the Cybertruck. Unlike Tesla's other models, which feature a hanging accelerator pedal, the Cybertruck uses a floor-mounted design. This design requires the driver to apply forward and upward motion pressure.

It has been determined that the cover of the accelerator pedal can shift out of its designated position when subjected to excessive force. This malfunction has been attributed to the presence of lubricant residues left over from the manufacturing process.

Remedial Actions and Future Plans

Tesla has temporarily halted the delivery of all Cybertrucks and is currently working on a solution to redesign the pedal cover to eliminate lubricant residue. The new, improved covers are expected to be ready by April 19. Tesla plans to replace the faulty components in existing Cybertrucks at Service Centers shortly thereafter.

The company anticipates resuming Cybertruck deliveries on April 20, also known as 4-20. However, due to the pause in deliveries and the time required to distribute the new parts, some customers might experience further delays. Tesla is preparing for a staggered delivery schedule initially due to the limited availability of the newly designed pedal covers.

Despite these setbacks, Tesla continues to scale up the production of the Cybertruck at its Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. Recent aerial footage indicates that production rates have been nearing 1,000 units per week. The Cybertruck has also been featured in promotional events across several countries, including a stop at the Boston Marathon, showcasing its unique design and capabilities.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

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