Tesla Is Developing Official Cybertruck Accessories; Will Include Mounting Points for Third Parties

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is creating unique accessories for the Cybertruck
Tesla is creating unique accessories for the Cybertruck

Tesla recently held a groundbreaking event for its South Texas lithium refinery, where CEO Elon Musk arrived in the Cybertruck. While Musk's presence is always a point of interest, the Tesla Cybertruck accessories on display during the event garnered significant attention among electric vehicle enthusiasts.

Custom-Made Tool Rack

At the event, Tesla showcased the first accessory for the Cybertruck — a custom-made tool rack. The tool rack was specially designed for the event and may not make it into production. However, it demonstrated the potential utility of the Cybertruck as a work truck. The rack was used to carry two shovels that Musk and Texas Governor Greg Abbott utilized during the event, with the shovels attached to the rack at two different points.

The tool rack provides space to store tools and gives the Cybertruck a long, flat roof, allowing it to function as a roof rack. Although many hoped this would be the first official Cybertruck accessory, Drew Baglino, Tesla's SVP of Powertrain and Energy Engineering, confirmed in an interview that the tool rack was custom-made for the event. He added that Tesla is working on numerous accessories for the Cybertruck but did not provide further details. Baglino also posted a picture of a muddied-up Cybertruck.

Musk Confirms Mounting Points for Third-Party Hardware

In response to the news about the custom-made tool rack, Elon Musk tweeted, "More importantly, there are lots of mounting points for third-party hardware on Cybertruck." This statement confirms that the electric pickup truck will be designed with versatility and customization in mind, allowing owners to add third-party accessories to their vehicles easily.

Tesla first unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019, discussing a few possible accessories for the electric pickup truck. Since then, the Cybertruck program has experienced delays, but with production now on the horizon, Tesla is teasing new accessories for the vehicle.

The design of the tool rack blends seamlessly with the Cybertruck's unique shape, earning praise from electric vehicle enthusiasts excited about the upcoming accessories. Although the tool rack was custom-made for the groundbreaking event, its presence, along with Musk's tweet, has generated anticipation for what Tesla has in store for the Cybertruck, including the potential for third-party hardware compatibility.

Tesla plans to bring the Cybertruck to production this summer, with the first deliveries expected around the end of Q3. However, volume production is not anticipated until next year. As the release date approaches, fans eagerly await further announcements about the Cybertruck's accessories, including options for third-party hardware integration.

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
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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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