Tesla and McDonald's Team Up To Offer the Cyber Spoon

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla and McDonald's team up to create a 'Cyber Spoon'
Tesla and McDonald's team up to create a 'Cyber Spoon'
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Amidst the McFlurry of Cybertruck anticipation, a seemingly playful but perplexing partner unfolded on Tuesday evening on X. A post from Sawyer Merritt claimed that Tesla China was starting a unique partnership with McDonald's. A limited edition "Cyber Spoon" will be available for $4. It'll be a limited production run with only 50,000 units manufactured.

The real twist came when Elon Musk reacted with a mixture of emojis and skepticism, labeling it as "Fake news afaik (as far as I know)."

Cyber Spoon Mystery

Merritt, standing firm on his statement, responded by pointing out that Tesla's official Weibo account was indeed promoting this mysterious spoon. His tweet led to a flurry of social media investigations, with X.com lighting up with similar posts on McDonald's Weibo and Xiaohongshu accounts - platforms that cater to millions of users.

A rough translation of McDonald's Weibo post read:

"Introducing a unique newcomer, a collaboration between McDonald's and Tesla, focusing on an innovative experience. From September 17th to 26th, participating McDonald's outlets will have a limited offer. To our valued McDonald's members, during the activity, lucky draws will feature McFlurry coupons, Tesla merchandise, and an electric 'Cyber Spoon.' Which prize do you wish to win?"

A spirited Musk later responded, saying, "In that case, I will definitely have some!"

Tesla Advertising?

Now, if you're wondering how a spoon, even one with "cyber" in its name, fits into the Tesla universe, you're in good company. Assuming it is legitimate, this collaboration marks an unusual turn for Tesla, a company known for not advertising and not having partners outside the technology, automotive or energy sector.

So, what can we make of this? On one side, there's undeniable evidence of promotional material. On the other, the playful, ever-ambiguous comments from Elon Musk himself. The CEO said the company would test advertising during its last investor meeting. Is this part of the rollout?

The cyber spoon would already be a collectible item, but without Tesla's big boss knowing about it, it is even more of a must-have - just like the Cyberwhistle! Perhaps the real purpose behind this collaboration, beyond the $4 spoons, is to create buzz and anticipation for the Cybertruck. Not that any more anticipation is needed.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
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Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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