Tesla Starts Offering PPF and Wrap Service in 7 Colors and Clear Option

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla starts offering an official wrap service
Tesla starts offering an official wrap service
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Tesla has been sporting some creative wraps on its Cybertruck. In July, we speculated that perhaps Tesla was considering getting into the wrap business. Now we have our answer. Tesla has launched premium color wraps for the Model 3 and Model Y. Although Tesla may not stop there.

Not Just a Color Change

Before we get the Cybertruck angle, the wrap itself is a story. It is available exclusively through Tesla. These wraps allow for a splash of personal style and offer protection. The self-healing, urethane-based film (PPF) shields the vehicle's original paint from potential damage like chips, scratches, and even the dreaded paint swirl.

Customers can choose from a range of seven vibrant and exclusive colors. Those interested in the subtler spectrum can opt for Satin Stealth Black or Slip Grey, priced at $7,500. However, for those wishing to make a more vivid statement, Glacier Blue, Satin Rose Gold, Forest Green, Satin Ceramic White, and Crimson Red are available at a premium of $8,000. Although these wraps come at a premium, they offer more protection than a standard wrap.

Clear PPF Wrap

Furthermore, for individuals looking to maintain their original car color while enjoying the protective benefits, the Model 3/Y Clear Wrap option is available for $5,000. Installations are currently being managed at two primary Tesla Service Centers in West Covina and Carlsbad, California. Right now these wraps are also limited to 2023 model years of the 3 and Y.

Beyond Model 3 and Model Y

From a camouflage design to the surprising Ford F-150 mockup, Cybertruck sightings with unique wraps make sense. Given the Cybertruck's single-tone stainless steel design, such customizations would allow owners to differentiate their vehicles on the roads.

In previous statements, Elon Musk hinted at the possibility of Cybertruck owners wrapping their vehicles in "any color or pattern." Could the introduction of the Model 3 and Model Y wrap service, be just the first step? Given the Cybertruck's unique design, which we previously likened to a blank canvas, there's a vast playground for potential customizations.

Drawing Parallels with Tesla's Wrap Service in China

Tesla's move in the US mirrors its initiatives in China, where the company has a wrapping service to provide their vehicles with a rejuvenated appearance, offsetting their limited paint options.

This strategic move could address the critique regarding the monotony of Tesla's vehicle color schemes. Beyond production efficiencies, introducing wraps could offer Tesla owners a bespoke vehicle experience, showcasing their individual flair. As we anticipate the launch of Cybertruck, incorporating customizable wraps might signal a redefining moment in EV personalization.

Tesla's venture into vehicle wraps for Model 3 and Model Y could be a prelude to a more expansive customization offering, potentially for the eagerly-awaited Cybertruck. As Tesla was born and raised in California, incorporating the wrap business in that state will give the company a good idea of customer demand, even before the Cybertruck.

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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