Leaked Photo Reveals Bold New Headlights for Tesla Model 3 Refresh, Project Highland

By Kevin Armstrong
A leaked photo shows off the refresh Model 3, known internally as Project Highland
A leaked photo shows off the refresh Model 3, known internally as Project Highland

The Tesla Model 3 has become an icon in the electric vehicle market, so any changes to its design are sure to generate buzz. A recently leaked image on Reddit confirms a significant redesign of the Model 3's headlights, showcasing a daring new look that will capture attention.

This bold change to such a popular vehicle signals Tesla's commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. Alongside the new headlights, the picture gives away a few other details. The Model 3 refresh, codenamed Highland, will see many other updates. Here's a summary of the significant changes expected.

Striking Headlight Redesign

The Reddit image offers a clear view of the updated Model 3's striking new headlights. This leaked image matches up with the details we received and reported on in our article, Project Highland Exposed. It also matches up with incognito Model 3s that have covered headlights, further validating the leaked image's authenticity.

The image also shows that the foglights are gone. It's unclear if they've been moved inside the new headlight or removed altogether. It's also worth noting that the front bumper shows no sign of ultra sonic sensors and Tesla will continue to rely vision for park assist. The Model 3 refresh is expected to have a camera in the lower-center of the front bumper, but unfortunately we're not able to see that from this photo as well.

The side mirror also appears slightly narrower than the current mirrors. Additionally, there is no "T" logo on the hood. Chief designer Franz von Holzhausen has talked about having less branding on future Teslas.

Additional Updates Expected for Model 3 Highland

We put together a story of all the changes that are part of the Highland and released it a few weeks ago. Here is a summary of that story, detailing the other new elements the leaked image didn't show.

Bumper Camera: A redesigned front bumper will house a single camera in the center area of the lower-vent area, addressing concerns about detecting objects in camera blind spots.

Rear Bumper: While the reason remains unclear, the rear bumper is also being redesigned.

Additional Cameras: The Highland will feature three new cameras — one in the front bumper and two on the sides of the vehicle, possibly aimed at improving visibility at certain intersections.

Sensors: The exterior temperature sensor will be removed and replaced with a GPS-based system. Additionally, Tesla is working on improving the GPS module for more accurate location detection.

Interior: Inside, the wood trim will be replaced with a fabric finish, and the dash will receive a facelift, though details are scarce.

With a bold new headlight design leading the way, the Model 3 Highland updates show Tesla's dedication to evolving its vehicles and staying ahead of the competition. The mix of cost-cutting measures and significant improvements, such as the addition of new cameras and updated hardware, will likely generate excitement among customers. Production is expected to begin in the third quarter, with Model Y's Project Juniper set to follow.

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Rimac Validates Tesla Roadster's Ambitious Thruster Goals: A New Hypercar Benchmark?

By Kevin Armstrong
Roadster Vs Nevera Soon!
Roadster Vs Nevera Soon!

The electric hypercar realm is witnessing the beginning of an unbelievable hypercar rivalry. Up for grabs is the fastest production car in the world, which is also electric. In one corner is the reigning, defending hypercar champion, Rimac’s Nevera. In the other corner is Tesla's forthcoming Roadster SpaceX Edition.

The Battle for Hypercar Hegemony

Elon Musk's late-night revelations earlier this week have promised a next-generation Roadster that defies conventional automotive norms, particularly with hints at rocket thruster-enhanced performance that will launch the car from 0-60 mph in less than one second. His posts caught much attention, including those of Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Automobili.

..it is possible with thrusters. We did the simulation… - Mate Rimac

Rimac is a pivotal figure in the hypercar world, renowned for blending high performance with electric propulsion. When asked about Tesla's audacious acceleration claim, he weighed in with a blend of technical insight and real-world pragmatism. His perspective is not just academic; it's grounded in the tangible realities of engineering and physics that govern high-performance vehicles.

Fast but Heavy, Light but “Slow”

Rimac acknowledged the feasibility of Tesla's target, citing thrusters as a viable means to surpass traditional acceleration benchmarks. However, he underscored the inherent trade-offs, noting the considerable weight of the necessary equipment—tanks, compressors, valves, and nozzles—that, while contributing to initial acceleration, become dead weight after that.

Rimac also points out another flaw: “Plus, the car has to be super light as otherwise, you can’t create a lot of excess downforce with the fans as the tires would be overloaded very fast with any kind of car with “normal supercar” weight, especially electric. And then again, you are carrying the weight with you when you are not doing 0-100. So thrusters are really the only way to go. But it brings a lot of downsides as well.”

Nevera, costing approximately $2.5 million, dominates the scene with more than 1,800 horsepower and its record-shattering performances, including an extraordinary 0-60 mph time of 1.74 seconds and a 0-400 km/h sprint in 21.31 seconds. When Nivera posted these incredible numbers, Musk was asked if the Roadster could beat the time and responded: lol.

Beyond the Numbers

Rimac's acknowledgment of the technical hurdles associated with Tesla's approach does not detract from the potential impact of the Roadster. Instead, it adds a layer of credibility to the discussion, grounding it in the realities of automotive engineering. It's a reminder that the quest for unparalleled acceleration involves balancing the thrill of speed with the practicalities of vehicle design and functionality.

This dialogue between Tesla and Rimac marks a significant moment in the EV industry. Tesla's pursuit of the ultimate performance EV with the new Roadster places it in direct conversation with Rimac. This company has consistently pushed the boundaries of what electric hypercars can achieve. The interaction underscores a broader theme in the automotive world: the relentless pursuit of innovation, where companies like Tesla and Rimac are not just competing but also learning from each other.

With both companies poised to innovate further and redefine what's possible, the rivalry between Tesla's Roadster and Rimac's Nevera is more than a contest of speed—it's a testament to the relentless pursuit of innovation that drives the electric vehicle industry forward. The Roadster is to start deliveries in 2025. Odds are the first place it will be is on the track beside a Nevera!

Tesla's Supercharger Stations Mimic Traditional Gas Stations in Germany as North America Network Opens to Include Ford

By Kevin Armstrong

In a significant move marking Tesla's dedication to universal EV accessibility, the company inaugurated its first V4 Supercharger station in Peine, Germany. This station isn’t like any other Supercharger station, but it could set the tone for what’s to come. Unlike other Tesla charging sites, this one includes a display and offers comprehensive details about pricing, plug types, and on-site amenities such as a café and lounge. This visual comes at an appropriate time, as Tesla now welcomes non-Tesla owners at its facilities, taking another step to becoming the “gas” station of the future.

Expanding the Supercharger Network

Tesla made several Ford owners happy, and many posted their delight on X. The Supercharger Network is now open to Ford, allowing owners of the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E to utilize over 15,000 Supercharger locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Ford's integration is just the beginning, as companies like Rivian, General Motors, Volvo, and Polestar are set to join the "NACS coalition" over the next year.

Ford is integrating its EVs with Tesla's Superchargers by using a Tesla-created adapter that will be freely available to its customers until June 30, 2024. After this period, the adapter will be priced at $230. This move drastically improves the charging options available to Ford owners who have until now relied on charging networks like Electrify America and Ford’s own BlueOval charging network.

A New Chapter in Sustainable Transportation

Ford’s CEO Jim Farley recently acknowledged Tesla for helping Ford and other EV makers transition more drivers to electric vehicles.

I would also like to thank @ElonMusk and the Tesla team for their close collaboration and leadership to help change the lives of so many EV customers through improved access to charging. - Jim Farley

The introduction of the NACS era is a game-changer for EV charging, providing Ford and soon other automakers' EVs access to Tesla's extensive Supercharger Network, which now boasts more than 55,000 chargers worldwide.

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