Cybertruck Spotted With Ambient Lighting, Update From Musk, and How To Go to the Delivery Event

By Kevin Armstrong
A new photo shows the Cybertruck with ambient lighting
A new photo shows the Cybertruck with ambient lighting
Cybertruck Owners Club

In a whirlwind of tweets, leaks, and updates, the Tesla Cybertruck's progress has seen several revelations. Elon Musk and the Cybertruck are showstoppers and head-turners wherever they appear, but the two were together for a picture posted on X.com that has garnered more than 22.5 million views and counting. Clearly, he wanted to show off his new ride, but Musk is not saying how much it's worth.

Musk Drives the Production Candidate

The CEO of Tesla posted on X.com an image of himself behind the wheel of a "production candidate Cybertruck at Tesla Giga Texas." When queried on the long-awaited details like specs, pricing, and delivery event date, Musk maintained suspense, stating, "When we are ready to do so, we will."

The CEO referred to the Cybertruck as Tesla's best product ever but acknowledged the difficulty in building it due to its unprecedented nature. But that's not all - further insights were provided through emails and other updates.

Ambient Lighting

A new photo posted on Cybertruck Owner's Club has revealed that the Cybertruck will come with ambient lighting wrapping around the cabin.

The photo shows a thin red line along the top portion of the door trim and dashboard.

These lights are likely to be RGB lights like many manufacturers already provide, which will let the driver choose a custom color for the vehicle's interior lighting.

These lights could also be tied in with the lights on the steering wheel and foot wells, giving owners a cohesive look and feel.

Manufacturers typically let users pick a custom color or select one from a predefined list. Given some of Tesla's strong personalization features, such as Color Colorizer, it seems like a safe bet that you'll be able to assign your own RGB color that matches your unique style or mood.

Tesla's Model 3 Project Highland is rumored to come with ambient lighting as well, and this sighting of the feature available on the Cybertruck all but confirms the feature on the upcoming Model 3.

Quality Assurance — Precision Predicates Perfectionism

In a leaked email to Tesla employees, Musk emphasized the importance of achieving the best possible build quality. He demanded precision down to the third decimal place in millimeters and specified tolerance in single-digit microns, saying, "Precision predicates perfectionism."

Musk's insistence on quality control can be understood in the context of previous challenges with the Model 3 and Model Y at launch. The Cybertruck's unique design, involving stainless steel with straight edges, makes any variation highly noticeable.

Cybertruck Delivery Event - Invitations Through Referrals

An intriguing twist in the Cybertruck saga is the opportunity to earn an invitation to the Cybertruck delivery event through the Tesla referral program. Owners in the U.S. can redeem 30,000 credits (equivalent to about $2,000 USD in rewards) for an invitation with a plus one.

The invitations are limited and given out on a first-come, first-served basis, although additional tickets will be released as the event approaches. The "price" of the ticket provides an indirect reference to the delivery event's imminent occurrence, possibly in late Q3. The incentive is not available to Canadians, so, ahem, if you're looking for a plus one — I know a guy!

Cybertruck's Production Evolution — From RC to PC

The Cybertruck's production line at Giga Texas has been busy building what is known as a release candidate (RC) builds for testing and validation. Recently, Musk referred to the vehicle he drove as a production candidate (PC), typically a final version matching what customers will receive. With Musk testing the PC version, it is suggested that deliveries could happen as soon as late September, although final specs and pricing remain unknown.

Cybertruck's unconventional structure has thrown up some significant challenges, from body sealing issues to achieving unprecedented manufacturing accuracy. These have been pivotal in understanding the recent delay and the drive towards perfectionism that Musk demands. The pricing remains an enigma, only adding to the allure of the Cybertruck. The official release of this unique vehicle, along with all its specifications and details, will undoubtedly be a historic moment in the automotive industry.

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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