Tesla Changes Frunk and Trunk Weight Limits in Latest User Manual

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has made several notable changes in update 2023.6
Tesla has made several notable changes in update 2023.6
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Randall and calGPT from Tesla Discord noticed several changes in Tesla's latest user manual bringing important changes to the maximum weight limit and distribution guidelines.

Weight Distribution and Maximum Weight

In the updated user manual, Tesla has made revisions to the guidelines for cargo weight distribution and maximum weight restrictions. Previously, the guidelines suggested distributing cargo weight between the front and rear trunks. The maximum load weight for the front trunk was 55 lbs (25 kg), the rear load floor was 130 lbs (60 kg), and the lower trunk compartment was 285 lbs (130 kg).

With the new guidelines, Tesla recommends distributing cargo weight as evenly as possible between the front and rear trunks. The maximum load weight has been increased to 110 lbs (50 kg) for the front trunk. For the rear trunk, the lower tub compartment now has a maximum weight of 88 lbs (40 kg), while the upper floor can hold up to 287 lbs (130 kg).

Max Weight Guidelines Previous Guidelines Updated Guidelines
Front Trunk 55 lbs (25 kg) 110 lbs (50 kg)
Rear Trunk - Lower Compartment 285 lbs (130 kg) 88 lbs (40 kg)
Rear Trunk - Upper Floor 130 lbs (60 kg) 287 lbs (130 kg)

The new guidelines are across Tesla's models, including the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. These changes aim to improve the overall balance and safety of the vehicle when carrying cargo. Tesla owners should familiarize themselves with these new guidelines to ensure optimal vehicle performance and safety.

Update: We've updated this article to remove references to Multi-Collision Braking and Forward Collision Warning being reset to Medium since those changes were available in previous updates.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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