Tesla Unveils New Cybertruck Production Images and Remains on Track for Q3

By Kevin Armstrong
A peek at the Tesla Cybertruck being built
A peek at the Tesla Cybertruck being built
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During Tesla's Q1 2023 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk gave an update on the Cybertruck's progress, revealing new images of the pilot production line at the Fremont factory and the permanent production line at Giga Texas. With anticipation mounting for the highly-anticipated electric vehicle, Musk assured that production remains on track for later this year and hinted at a Q3 delivery event.

Glimpse of the Pilot Production Line in Fremont

Tesla's shareholder deck provided a first look at the pilot production line at the Fremont factory, revealing large front and rear castings of the Cybertruck. The pilot production line serves as a testing ground, allowing Tesla to iron out any major kinks before moving to full-scale commercial production. These images follow a leak earlier this year that showcased some of the components of the futuristic electric truck.

Cybertruck Production On Schedule at Giga Texas

According to Tesla, the Cybertruck is still on track to begin production later this year at Gigafactory Texas, with factory tooling currently producing alpha versions of the electric truck. Tesla shared images of the tooling area being set up in Austin, indicating that the company is on its way to starting production later this year.

Anticipation Builds for the Cybertruck Handover Event

When asked about pricing during the earnings call, Musk deferred to the upcoming Cybertruck Handover (delivery) event, which is expected to take place around the end of Q3 this year. He expressed confidence in the product's quality, describing it as a "Hall of Famer" and a once-in-a-lifetime innovation. With Cybertruck's unique design and revolutionary manufacturing process, anticipation continues to build for its official release.

In the face of global supply chain issues and pandemic-related delays, Tesla has managed to keep the Cybertruck's production on track. As the electric vehicle industry continues to grow, the Cybertruck is poised to impact the market significantly, and Tesla's latest update only adds to the excitement surrounding its imminent launch.

A peek at the Tesla Cybertruck being built
A peek at the Tesla Cybertruck being built
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Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
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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
Not a Tesla App

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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