Tesla Cybertruck Disguised With F150 Wrap. Is Tesla Preparing To Offer Wraps for the Cybertruck?

By Kevin Armstrong
The Cybertruck was found with yet another wrap, this time resembling a F150
The Cybertruck was found with yet another wrap, this time resembling a F150
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In the ever-evolving saga of Tesla's Cybertruck, the Beast was spotted wearing a few different wraps over the weekend, including one disguised as a Ford F-150. While the Cybertruck's unique stainless steel design is awesome on its own, the wrap may play a bigger role when more of the same colored Cybertrucks are on the road. Is Tesla going to get into the vehicle wrapping business?

Tesla's Cybertruck, known for its one-of-a-kind, metallic, geometric exoskeleton, was initially introduced with just one base color. This led to speculation about the potential monotony of the design over time. However, the recent sightings of wrapped Cybertrucks have laid those doubts to rest, demonstrating the electric pickup's potential as a blank canvas for creativity.

The discovery of a Cybertruck wrap mimicking the iconic Ford F-150, down to faux door handles, has been interpreted as a cheeky nod or a nasty troll of the traditional pickup designs. The numerous other wraps sighted, from camo to multi-colored designs, promise an exciting range of possibilities for customization, allowing customers to make the vehicle truly their own.

Tesla's Wrapping Service in China: The Dawn of Customization

Interestingly, Tesla already operates a wrapping service in China, giving its vehicles a fresh look, to compensate for the limited range of paint options. Announced through their official customer service account on Weibo, the service, initially available in five cities, is set to expand further across the country. While the exact range of color options remains uncertain, the aftermarket industry offers a seemingly infinite array of wraps. It would be fascinating to see Tesla introduce vibrant, multi-colored wraps or intriguing patterns.

These developments, coupled with Elon Musk's earlier assertion that Cybertruck owners would be able to wrap their vehicles in "any color or pattern," suggest that Tesla could be gearing up to offer a similar service in North America. If true, this could revolutionize the vehicle customization landscape while ensuring Cybertruck's uniqueness in an expanding fleet of EVs.

Vehicle Customization: The Future of Tesla?

The Cybertruck has been founding sporting various wraps
The Cybertruck has been founding sporting various wraps
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Introducing a wrapping service could mitigate criticisms about the lack of color variety in Tesla vehicles. It would not only uphold Tesla's streamlining efforts for more efficient production and easier repairs, but also allow customers to personalize their Cybertrucks, adding a touch of individuality to each vehicle.

As Tesla edges closer to the production date of the Cybertruck, these developments hint at a thrilling era of customizable EVs, transforming each vehicle into a statement of personal style. Whether teasing competitors with playful disguises or revolutionizing vehicle customization, the Tesla Cybertruck is set to maintain its groundbreaking status in the automotive world.

Smaller Than Expected Frunk

This new image of the Cybertruck also gives us our best look yet into the Cybertruck's frunk.

It's hard to say for certain, but given what we see in this new photo, the Cybertruck may offer the smallest frunk of any Tesla. It may not be surprising given its smaller front end, but it's certainly going to be a disappointment to some. Ford's electric pickup, the F150 Lightning offers a massive frunk that rivals the trunk size of many vehicles.

However, future Cybertruck owners aren't buying this vehicle for its frunk size, and in fact, Musk recently announced some impressive dimensions for their future pickup, declaring it'll be the "first truck that we're aware of that will have four doors over a six-foot bed and will fit into a 20-foot garage."

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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