Tesla Reveals Cybertruck Payload and Towing Capacity as It Adds Truck to Showrooms

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla details the Cybertruck's official payload and towing capabilities
Tesla details the Cybertruck's official payload and towing capabilities
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Tesla is showcasing its Cybertruck in at least two of its retail locations, specifically in the showrooms of San Diego and San Jose. This display coincides with Tesla's preparation for the official production launch of the Cybertruck at the end of November 2023.

The Cybertruck on Display

One of the Cybertrucks is showcased in San Diego at the Westfield UTC Mall in the La Jolla neighborhood, however, other Cybertrucks have been seen en route to various locations, indicating a possible wider rollout.This move by Tesla is intriguing as it comes ahead of the official release of specs and pricing. It appears to be a strategic decision to generate buzz and drive traffic to Tesla stores, potentially boosting sales of other models like the Model 3 and Model Y.

Towing Capacity and Payload Revealed

An eye-catching aspect of the Cybertruck's presence at the San Diego store is the advertising sign outside. It officially reveals the truck's towing capacity and payload: a towing capacity of 11,000 lbs and a payload of 2,500 lbs. Interestingly, Tesla does not mention a specific trim, which could imply a single version at launch. However, it remains unclear if this will be the dual motor or tri-motor variant.If this specification pertains to the dual motor variant, Tesla is close to their initial projections made back in 2019, albeit with a slight shortfall in the payload capacity.

Original Specifications: A Comparative Look

At its announcement in 2019, Tesla had outlined three versions of the Cybertruck with varying capabilities:

Variant Range (miles) Payload (lbs) Towing Capacity (lbs)
Single Motor 250 3,500 7,500
Dual Motor 300 3,500 10,000
Tri Motor 500 3,500 11,400

These initial specifications provided a broad range of options for potential buyers, but its not clear whether Tesla will still produce three variants of the Cybertruck.Anticipation and Speculation

Tesla's original specs for the Cybertruck in 2019
Tesla's original specs for the Cybertruck in 2019
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With the Cybertruck's official launch imminent, anticipation is high. Tesla's strategy of showcasing the Cybertruck in showrooms, even without finalized specifications and pricing, seems to be a calculated move to heighten interest. As we approach the end of November, all eyes are on Tesla to unveil the final details.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Additional Features in Upcoming Update

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla frequently introduces new models or trim levels before all the software features are available. This situation also applies to the Cybertruck, where several features are still in development.

In the 2024.8 update, Tesla added a handful of features to help the Cybertruck catch up in the software department, adding features such as Reset Tire Mileage, Rear Passenger Headphones, Auto Wipers and others. Tesla also added a Cybertruck exclusive feature that sets off the truck's alarm if the trailer is unhitched from the vehicle.

However, Tesla continues to improve Cybertruck's software. The company is planning an upcoming update that will let the truck charge faster and add Tesla's convenient cabin overheat protection feature.

According to Tesla's SVP of powertrain and energy, Drew Baglino, the Cybertruck's charging speed is about to be upgraded. This software update, slated for release later this quarter, is set to substantially improve the Cybertruck's charging curve and unlock faster charging times for owners. Baglino said the update will "let the Cybertruck get 154 miles of charge in just 15 minutes." That's a 20% increase over the truck's current 128 miles in 15 minutes.

Early reports on the Cybertruck's 4680 cells revealed a somewhat disappointing charging curve. The truck's charging speed would start at about 250kW, then drop off to about 150kW at ~40%. It would then level off at 75-80kW for the remainder of the charge.

It seems Tesla was being careful with the Cybertruck's new battery pack, but now, the company is ready to unlock additional throughput.

This fits Tesla's usual approach. The company likes to start conservatively and then improve its vehicles over time.

Cabin Overheat Protection

Another feature that's set to arrive on the Cybertruck is Cabin Overheat Protection (COP), according to the Cybertruck's program manager. This feature which keeps the cabin from overheating has been available in other models for several years, but it has yet to be made available for the Cybertruck.

In 2022, Tesla added the ability to customize the temperature at which COP would turn on. Users can now choose COP to activate at 90, 95 or 100º Fahrenheit. The Cybertruck's COP is expected to match the same features available in other models.

Given that Tesla's SVP and program manager have officially commented on these upcoming features, it may not be long before we see them available in an upcoming update.

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