Tesla Cybertruck Found in Matte Black - We Explore All of the Cybertruck Wraps So Far

By Kevin Armstrong
The Cybertruck was recently shown off in a matte black wrap
The Cybertruck was recently shown off in a matte black wrap
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The Tesla Cybertruck was on display in Malibu on Sunday. It wasn't the stainless steel beast that was catching rays. No, Tesla's Chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, went for a Sunday drive in a matte black Cybertruck.

Remember when "experts" thought the Cybertruck appeal would wear off because there would be too many that look alike? Well, the wrap game changes all of that, and Tesla has done a great job demonstrating that over the past few months.

The Aesthetic Array of Cybertruck Wraps

Since its unveiling, the Cybertruck has promised a departure from the mundane, and the various wraps spotted recently solidify this claim. Here are some of the unique skins that have adorned the Cybertruck's angular frame:

Matte Black: Sleek and undeniably badass, the matte black wrap gives the Cybertruck a stealthier yet distinguished presence.

A camo-wrapped Cybertruck
A camo-wrapped Cybertruck
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Camo: For those looking to blend in (or stand out), camo wraps take the Cybertruck from an urban warrior to a potential wilderness navigator.

A 'digital camo' wrap on the Tesla Cybertruck
A 'digital camo' wrap on the Tesla Cybertruck
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Digital Camo: This option brings a touch of modernity to the classic pattern, offering a pixelated twist on concealment.

The Cybertruck was seen with a graffiti-like font on the side
The Cybertruck was seen with a graffiti-like font on the side
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Graffiti: The Cybertruck that took a tour through Baja had a graffiti "Cybertruck" on the side.

Oracle showed off what a law enforcement Cybertruck could look like
Oracle showed off what a law enforcement Cybertruck could look like
Oracle

Oracle: Larry Ellison showed just how fantastic a company logo will look on the side and the hood of these futuristic trucks

The Cybertruck was found with yet another wrap, this time resembling a F150
The Cybertruck was found with yet another wrap, this time resembling a F150
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Faux Ford F-150: In an old display of bravado, one wrap mimics the appearance of the Ford F-150, complete with imitated door handles. It's a playful wink at traditional truck designs, perhaps teasing at the Cybertruck's intention to disrupt.

Tesla didn't stop at the Ford F150 wrap. Shortly after the Cybertruck was spotted sporting a Toyota Tundra wrap
Tesla didn't stop at the Ford F150 wrap. Shortly after the Cybertruck was spotted sporting a Toyota Tundra wrap
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Faux Toyota Tundra: Not to be outdone, Cybertruck has also been spotted with a resemblance to Toyota's Tundra — another old guard truck that will soon be disrupted.  

Unique Cybertruck

Adam Jonas, Morgan Stanley's managing director, advised staff to manage expectations for clients excited about investing in Tesla. He listed several reasons for downplaying the Cybertruck, calling it a financial "side-show," a "cultural/zeitgeist," and an "enthusiast/cult car."

The investment advisor called the Cybertruck the "ultimate avant-garde vehicle," believing that the unique aspects of Cybertruck will lose some appeal when there are several on the road, losing that "indescribable something." That argument is dead.

Tesla's Wrap Service: Personalization Meets Protection

Tesla is no stranger to the concept of vehicle wraps. With the Model 3 and Model Y, they've introduced an official wrap service, suggesting that Cybertruck owners may soon have the same option. It's not just about aesthetics; these wraps come with a layer of protection against the elements and the rigors of the road.

From the practical to the peculiar, the wraps we've seen on the Cybertruck suggest that Tesla owners will have no shortage of options to make their electric pickup their own.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

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
Not a Tesla App

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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