Tesla Cybertruck To Have 50-Amp 240v Outlet, Enough to Charge Another Tesla

By Kevin Armstrong
The Cybertruck will have two 120v outlets and one 220v outlet
The Cybertruck will have two 120v outlets and one 220v outlet

Tesla's Cybertruck may have that feature that was the competition's advantage. A recent "leak" shows an array of built-in power outlets. We've previously covered Tesla offering bi-directional charging on the Cybertruck, but even if that falls through, it looks like owners could use the vehicle's onboard outlets to power other items. According to leaked information, these outlets could herald a new vehicular energy independence and utility standard.

Speculations, courtesy of an anonymous insider and brought to the public eye by the YouTube channel TFLEV, indicate that the Cybertruck may offer multiple onboard power outlets, including two 120-volt outlets and a robust 50 amp, 240-volt outlet (NEMA 14-50). The potential of these outlets isn't merely for powering tools or campsite essentials but extends to energizing an entire household during power outages.

Cybertruck's Electrical Outlets

The inclusion of a 240-volt NEMA 14-50 outlet is particularly intriguing, as this specification implies a high-power output capability. This type of outlet is commonly used for large appliances or for EV charging and can handle up to 12kW of power. Such a feature points to Tesla's vision of a vehicle that gets you to your destination and serves as a dependable power reserve in emergencies or for off-grid living.

Ford's F-150 Lightning: A Benchmark for Comparison

Any other company rarely sets the bar when it comes to the EV game, but Ford did offer something that Tesla had not yet developed. To contextualize the Cybertruck's power supply features, comparing it with existing vehicles like the Ford F-150 Lightning is essential. Ford's electric pickup boasts a Pro Power Onboard system with power outputs that vary from 2.4 kW to 9.6 kW, depending on the configuration. With options for both 120-volt and 240-volt (L14-30) outlets, the Lightning can power tools and appliances directly from the vehicle.

The F-150 Lightning's Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, developed in collaboration with Sunrun, illustrates the practical application of vehicle-to-grid technology. It has proven worth enabling homeowners to keep their lights on during utility failures. Tesla's Cybertruck, with its powerful 240-volt outlet, is expected to offer similar functionality, allowing the vehicle to serve as an energy lifeline.

Tesla's Edge: Potential for Higher Power Output

While the Ford F-150 Lightning can supply substantial power to a home, Tesla's Cybertruck may have the upper hand with the ability to output up to 12kW. This capability could make it a more potent mobile generator, capable of running high-demand home appliances during emergencies or power outages.

In the evolving landscape of electric vehicles, the Cybertruck's power outlets are not just about convenience. They symbolize Tesla's commitment to energy solutions that empower owners to be more self-sufficient. The outlets could bridge Tesla's automotive and energy sectors, potentially integrating with home energy storage systems like the Powerwall for enhanced energy management.

As electric vehicles become increasingly entwined with home energy ecosystems, Cybertruck's proposed power outlets position it as a leader in this integration. The vehicle's ability to potentially power a home resonates with Tesla's overarching mission to facilitate a sustainable energy future.

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

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.

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