Tesla's Cybertruck: Unexpected Discoveries and Candid Observations

By Kevin Armstrong
A close up view of the Cybertruck's tires
A close up view of the Cybertruck's tires

Tesla's Cybertruck is not for everyone. Tesla's Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen has admitted as much several times. With its unorthodox design and cutting-edge technology, this pickup continues to generate buzz as its expected release date nears. Recent sightings have unveiled intriguing insights and sparked a candid reaction from an Instagram user known as @triggertx.

A Refrigerator on Wheels? A Unique Discovery

While stopping by @petrol_lounge in Austin, Texas, to drop off something, @triggertx was invited to witness what was humorously described as "peak vaporwave." Expecting to see something cool, like a "Vector W8," @triggertx was momentarily perplexed, comparing the Cybertruck to a refrigerator on its side. This unexpected metaphor serves as a fitting reflection of Cybertruck's unapologetically unconventional appearance.

Beyond the initial humorous observation, @triggertx posted more about the Cybertruck, particularly the tire size. Noting the 285/65R20 dimensions, he observed that this translated to about a 35" tire on a 20" rim, with a considerable amount of sidewall. The six lug nuts spotted suggested a vehicle ready to handle robust use.

These discoveries were augmented by the new wheel design recently observed, featuring thicker black spokes and a square shape near the center. The visible tire air nozzle hints at Tesla's patented automatic tire inflation system, further emphasizing the blend of functionality and aesthetic appeal.

A Game-Changer with Mixed Reactions

The less-than-polished appearance of the Cybertruck, coupled with these design quirks, has created a portrait of a vehicle that’s been tested hard, yet may still have some aesthetic challenges to overcome - mainly the gigantic wiper.

The Cybertruck's design and features have sparked contrasting opinions, with some praising its innovation and others expressing reservations. Though likely tongue-in-cheek, the comment about the Cybertruck resembling a refrigerator indicates the vehicle's divisive appearance.

As Tesla remains tight-lipped about the exact specs, even as the start of deliveries looms, we are left to glean insights from sightings and speculations.

Tesla's Cybertruck is certainly not for everyone, and its groundbreaking design has inspired both awe and skepticism. The Instagram posts by @triggertx, candidly capturing his surprise and confusion, encapsulate the ongoing dialogue surrounding this futuristic vehicle.

The unique blend of rugged wheels, innovative technology, and an appearance that leaves no one indifferent demonstrates Tesla's commitment to pushing the envelope in automotive design.

Whether it becomes a revered icon or continues to remind some of a household appliance, one thing is clear: the Cybertruck is set to redefine pickups and perhaps even the automotive landscape.

Musk Teases New Model for Early 2025 That Will Use a Mix of Next-Gen and Current Platforms

By Cláudio Afonso

“We have updated our future vehicle line-up to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of our previously communicated start of production in the second half of 2025”. This was one of the key sentences that were part of Tesla’s deck shared on Tuesday directly before its financial results.

Since Reuters’ report a few weeks ago saying Tesla had “scrapped” the highly expected cheaper model— which Elon quickly denied on X —retail and institutional shareholders started asking for more details on Tesla’s product roadmap for 2024 and beyond.

In the earnings conference call, Elon Musk reiterated that Tesla expects to launch the next model in “early 2025, if not late this year”.

“We've updated our future vehicle lineup to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of previously mentioned start of production in the second half of 2025. So, we expect it to be more like the early 2025, if not late this year. “

Over concerns of temporary production halts to update the factories for these new models, Musk said that Tesla will produce new models with certain aspects from their next-generation platform and current models. This will reduce the number of changes needed on production lines and allow Tesla not only to ramp up production faster but also to get the vehicles to market quicker.

Model Y Redesign

Tesla appears to hit that their next-gen vehicle will be less “next-gen” than they were initially aiming for, but to get a new vehicle out the door by late 2024, the process would already have to be in motion. Tesla may likely be referring to the redesigned Model Y, which is expected to reuse many parts from the new Model 3. Earlier this year, Tesla said that the redesigned Model Y will not be released this year, so it makes sense that they’re looking to speed up that production.

Tesla CEO concluded by saying that these measures will allow Tesla to reach a capacity of over 3 million units. Tesla produced 1.84 million vehicles in 2023. However, this year they’re ramping up Cybertruck production and introduced the new Model 3 into new markets.

And we think this should allow us to get to over 3 million vehicles of capacity when realized to the full extent.

Tesla reported on Tuesday its earnings results followed by a conference call where it teased its upcoming Robotaxi and its next-generation platform saying its “purpose-built Robotaxi product will continue to pursue a revolutionary ‘unboxed’ manufacturing strategy”.

Earlier in the day, Tesla announced the new Performance variant of its sedan Model 3 with deliveries in the United States starting already next month. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit) and goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds.

Tesla on FSD: Close to License Deal With Major Automaker, Announces Miles Driven on FSD v12

By Cláudio Afonso

On Tuesday Tesla reported its earnings results followed by a conference call that brought several updates on the company’s roadmap for future vehicles, autonomous driving, Optimus and much more.

While answering a question from Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney about updates on the licensing of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, Elon Musk said they’re talking to one major auto manufacturer and there’s “a good chance” the company signs the first deal before year-end. However, he went on to say that it would probably be three years before the necessary changes are integrated into the car.

I think we have a good chance we do sign a deal this year

Brings Benefits to Tesla

The technology would require other automakers to start using the same cameras and hardware as Tesla, meaning that Tesla may not only generate money from licensing FSD but also from selling the hardware itself. However, there would be other benefits as well. When licensing FSD, Tesla would likely own the data gathered with the system well, further helping them with data and edge cases that need to be solved to reach full autonomy.

people don't understand all cars will need to be smart cars… Once that becomes obvious, I think licensing becomes not optional.

Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer Vaibhav Taneja commented pointing out that future partners “take a lot of time in their product life cycle” resulting in a gap between the deal signing and the arrival in the market of Tesla’s FSD software.

Miles Driven With FSD

On the conference call, Musk added that Tesla now has over 300 million miles that have been driven with FSD v12 since it was launched just last month. He added that it's becoming “very clear that the vision-based approach with end-to-end neural networks is the right solution for scalable autonomy”.

Tesla said it will continue to increase its “core AI infrastructure capacity in the coming months” adding that in the first quarter, it completed the transition to hardware 4.0 with China now receiving the upgraded FSD computer and cameras.

Over the weekend, Tesla reduced the price of FSD dropping it from $12,000 to $8,000 for customers in the United States and from CA$16,000 to CA$11,000 in Canada.

Earlier this month, Tesla implemented a 50% price reduction for FSD subscriptions in the U.S. and introduced the subscription model in Canada at a great value of CA$99 per month.

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