Tesla Cybertruck Goes Through Crash Tests; First Deliveries Around the Corner

By Not a Tesla App Staff
These Cybertrucks appear to have gone through crash testing
These Cybertrucks appear to have gone through crash testing

It looks like the Tesla Cybertruck has completed some crash tests and is on track to obtain its crashworthiness rating. At least a dozen Cybertrucks were spotted earlier on trailers across the US, prompting speculation about where they could be heading. On Friday, part of the mystery was solved as two crash-tested Cybertruck pickups were seen on a trailer in Hayward, California.

During the second-quarter earnings call, Elon Musk confirmed that he expects the first Tesla Cybertrucks to be delivered during an event in the third quarter. We're now in the second half of the quarter, and people are eagerly waiting for Tesla to prove Elon Musk wasn't bluffing. We're optimistic that the Cybertruck will get to the first customers on time, even if this means these customers are Tesla employees.

The Cybertruck has been in the news a lot more often in the past week, showing that things are moving fast. People watching Giga Texas noticed that the outbound lot was bustling with Cybertruck activity. At least nine pickup trucks have been seen on the lot, while several units were hauled on trailers out of the factory. Some of them have been headed to California, while others have been tracked as far as Ohio. Given this late stage in the Cybertruck development, these movements were attributed to Tesla sending the pickups to testing facilities for crashworthiness and efficiency ratings.

The NHTSA operates the Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) in East Liberty, Ohio, where it conducts crash and fuel efficiency tests. Spotting the Cybertrucks in the area gives us a good hint at what Tesla is up to. It's safe to assume the Cybertruck will have an NHTSA crash rating next year when the volume production will be in full swing.

The pickups sent to California shared the same fate, only at Tesla's own crash test facility in Fremont. This was confirmed when two crash-tested Cybertrucks were seen in Hayward, California. Although the trucks were covered, it's obvious that the damage was minimal, fueling the speculation about the outstanding safety that Tesla packed into the Cybertruck. Given other Tesla models' stellar safety test results, expectations are high that the Cybertruck will also make a good impression. Most expect it to become the safest pickup truck on the market, regardless of size.

Things appear to be better for the Cybertrucks flown to New Zealand for winter tests. According to most recent news, at least two of them have left the South Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) testing facility, presumably on their way back to the US. This shows that Tesla is wrapping up the testing season for the Cybertruck, which pretty much confirms that deliveries couldn't be that far.

To pour more gas into the fire, a Tesla employee whose reports have been proven accurate in the past revealed on X that employee Cybertruck deliveries are imminent. Based on his words, "the company is soliciting the interest of those to take early delivery." Both dual- and three-motor configurations are reportedly available, which is good news for reservation holders. We'd take this with a grain of salt, though, considering that pricing and specifications are still unknown.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

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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