Tesla's Cybertruck Suspension Unveiled: Analyzing the Tech Behind the Talk

By Kevin Armstrong
A close-up look at the Cybertruck's suspension
A close-up look at the Cybertruck's suspension
Electrek

A Tesla Cybertruck prototype was recently found abandoned by the roadside, providing an unexpected opportunity to peek under the proverbial hood. A passerby named Wayne shared images of the Cybertruck's suspension with Electrek, giving us a clearer picture of Tesla's plans for the much-anticipated electric pickup. We will couple Electrek's takeaways with an analysis by the renowned automotive experts at Munro Live.

Bastien Theron, CEO of Theron, a manufacturer of electric ATVs, told Electrek Tesla seems to be embracing a straightforward design, focusing on robustness rather than complex hydraulic solutions like some competitors, such as Rivian.

A close-up look at the Cybertruck's suspension
A close-up look at the Cybertruck's suspension
Electrek

The images reveal the presence of an anti-roll bar and an actuator to modify damping dynamically. Interestingly, the Cybertruck's rear lower A-arm is constructed from two pieces of welded steel, contrasting the casting at the front. This, however, could be specific to the prototype.

Munro Live's Insightful Breakdown

Munro Live's in-depth analysis (video below) of these pictures adds layers of understanding to the bare components. Led by Sandy Munro, an automotive engineering expert with years of experience, the team dissected the images, providing detailed insights into materials, design, and potential performance.

According to Munro Live, the Cybertruck's suspension employs high-strength materials carefully selected to balance weight and durability. The control arms, in particular, appear engineered using top-notch metals that promise resilience without excess bulk.

The suspension's design also stands out. Munro notes the unique geometry and layout, emphasizing Tesla's approach to efficiency and performance. This innovative design could be key to delivering the Cybertruck's promised capabilities.

Munro Live's examination of the Cybertruck's suspension suggests it's crafted for both on-road comfort and off-road prowess. The team believes the substantial shock absorbers and precisely engineered control arms may provide a smooth highway experience and rugged trail performance.

Innovations Behind the Suspensions

Tesla is no stranger to innovation, with every model pushing the boundaries of what's possible. The Cybertruck is shaping up to be no exception. Beyond just the obvious strong and simple design spotted by Electrek, the Cybertruck's suspension system hints at more beneath the surface.

Tesla's decision to avoid the hydraulic solutions of its competitors may seem counter-intuitive. However, Munro Live's deep dive suggests this is a deliberate choice, perhaps favoring long-term reliability over complexity.

Weight and Efficiency

Tesla ensures that the vehicle remains efficient without compromising durability by choosing high-strength, lightweight materials for the Cybertruck's suspension, as Munro Live indicates.

Rivian's complex hydraulic suspension offers impressive adaptive capabilities but might present long-term reliability issues. Tesla's more straightforward approach could be advantageous in such scenarios.

Cybertruck recently exposed suspension system, scrutinized by outlets like Electrek and industry experts like Munro Live, is just one of many innovative aspects of this futuristic pickup. As we move closer to its official release, the Cybertruck promises to redefine what electric vehicles—and pickups—are capable of.

Tesla Introduces Most Affordable Car: Long Range RWD Model 3 with 363-Mile Range for $34,990

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has brought back the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive variant, which starts at $42,490. However, due to the batteries in the Long Range model, it qualifies for the $7,500 federal EV rebate. This makes this new model the cheapest model in Tesla’s lineup after the federal rebate that comes off at the point of sale.

After the federal rebate, this model is $34,990, exactly $4,000 less than the standard RWD model with the smaller LFP battery.

Improved Range

The Long Range RWD variant boasts a range of 363mi (vs 341mi for the AWD, and 272mi for the regular RWD), and a 0-60mph of 4.9sec (vs 4.2sec for the AWD). This makes the new Long Range RWD Model 3 Tesla’s longest-range economic vehicle (Model 3 / Model Y). The Model S AWD boasts an impressive 402-mile EPA estimate.

Other than the lack of a front motor for handling in rough or slippery terrain, or having a faster 0-60, the Long Range RWD is a fantastic option for most people.

It’s worth noting that only the Long Range AWD model can unlock Tesla’s Acceleration Boost, which increases power and reduces the vehicle’s 0-60 times by about half a second.

Model

Price

Price After Rebate

0-60 MPH

Range

Model 3 RWD

$38,990

-

5.8s

272mi

Model 3 LR RWD

$42,490

$34,990

4.9s

363mi

Model 3 LR AWD

$47,490

$39,990

4.2s

341mi

Model 3 Performance

$54,990

$47,490

2.9s

303mi

Availability

For now, the Model 3 Long Range RWD model is only available in the United States, with no availability in Canada.

Tesla FSD V12.5 to Combine City and Highway Stacks, Introduce Vehicle-to-Fleet Communication and More

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

As FSD V12.4.3 continues to get released to more vehicles, Elon Musk has posted that FSD V12.5 is already in testing and will include several key features.

The improvements in v12.5 are supposed to focus on rarer, more complex situations and vehicle-to-fleet communication. Tesla’s Autopilot lead, Ashok Elluswamy, also mentioned that FSD would gain the ability to go in reverse around this time.

Merge City & Highway Stacks

FSD v12 has been a multi-stack setup so far, with a city-streets stack that is end-to-end, and an older highway stack that was carried over from v11. FSD v12.5 will once again merge the city/highway stacks according to Musk, who confirmed the feature yesterday. That means that there will no longer be an implicit highway stack.

This could cause some regressions during highway driving, similar to the ones we experienced when Tesla first merged highway and city stacks back in FSD v11. Ultimately, when the issues were ironed out, we ended up with a smoother and better Autopilot experience on the highway. When FSD v12.5 rolls around, we may see some similar issues but expect FSD v12.5 to do to highways what v12 did for city driving.

Vehicle-to-Fleet Communications

Tesla’s FSD relies heavily upon maps, with the mapping information designating routing and lane changes. When vehicles encounter difficulties, they are unable to communicate that back to the rest of the fleet. This results in every vehicle encountering the same problem. With FSD V12.5, vehicles will be able to communicate road closures or other obstacles back to the rest of the fleet in real-time. This will turn FSD into software that’s constantly improving as the fleet gathers more data, instead of having to wait for a software update.

Cybertruck Finally Gets FSD

In a recent post on X, Musk also confirmed that V12.5 will finally bring FSD to the Cybertruck. Currently, all Cybertrucks only have access to Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC). Autopilot and FSD capabilities should arrive alongside all the other features.

Actually Smart Summon

Musk has talked quite a bit about Actually Smart Summon. With FSD 12.5, the new vision-based summon may finally be released. This will introduce Smart Summon capabilities to vision-only cars for the first time. However, it’s expected to be a drastic improvement for all vehicles in similar ways to the new Autopark. The new summon has been tied to the ability to move the vehicle in reverse by Tesla’s Autopilot lead, so expect either both of them to arrive in FSD 12.5, or be held off for a later release.

Release Date

Musk originally mentioned that FSD V12.5 would be released in late June, however, there were several delays with FSD 12.4 and that time frame has now come and gone. FSD 12.4 was initially released in May 2024, but it went through several lengthy revisions before it was introduced to public testers. Going by that time frame, it appears that FSD 12.5 was expected to be released about 4-6 weeks after FSD 12.4. If FSD 12.4.3 is finally got a good spot, we could see FSD 12.5 become available in the next 4-6 weeks or about late August.

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