Tesla Cybertruck's Beast Mode, BaseCamp, Lightbar, and Wheel Options Revealed

By Kevin Armstrong
A 3D model of the Cybertruck's interior
A 3D model of the Cybertruck's interior
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Anticipation for the Cybertruck has reached new heights with the latest iOS app update, discreetly unveiling some of the vehicle's most awaited features. The highlight is 'Beast Mode,' a feature Elon Musk had hinted at earlier. This mode is one of many new features discovered through the latest app update.

Beast Mode: Unleashing the Power

One of the most captivating discoveries within the app update is 'Beast Mode.' While the app update doesn't divulge many details, a visualization hints at its impressive capabilities. With a design reminiscent of the Plaid model's visualization, it's safe to assume that 'Beast Mode' will be exclusive to the tri-motor or Performance variant of the Cybertruck, promising exhilarating acceleration.

Musk confirmed Beast Mode during his previous appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. Musk said the company aimed for a 0-to-60 mph time of less than 3 seconds. If this holds, the Cybertruck might outrun some of the industry's most coveted sports cars.

Wheels for Every Terrain

Tesla is set to offer three different wheels for the Cybertruck
Tesla is set to offer three different wheels for the Cybertruck
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The Cybertruck is set to cater to diverse preferences with its wheel options. The app update reveals at least three wheel choices. First, there is an 18-inch wheel equipped with standard all-season tires and smaller wheel covers. Next, a robust 20-inch wheel is adorned with all-terrain tires and larger wheel covers, which are commonly seen on test vehicles and showroom displays. The twist comes with the mention of "Premium" wheels, suggesting that the Performance variant might offer its unique set of wheels, yet to be unveiled.

BaseCamp: Adventure Awaits

A 3D model of a tent, called BaseCamp was found in the Tesla app
A 3D model of a tent, called BaseCamp was found in the Tesla app
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Among the standout features exposed by the app update is 'BaseCamp,' an accessory that promises to enhance the Cybertruck's versatility. 'BaseCamp' appears to be a tent that attaches to the Cybertruck's vault, with tantalizing hints that it will include a mattress, creating a comfortable and rugged camping experience. While pricing details remain elusive, this accessory will appeal to those seeking outdoor adventures with their Cybertruck.

Updated User Interface

A closer look at the Cybertruck's UI
A closer look at the Cybertruck's UI
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Tesla appears to have created a user interface specifically for the Cybertruck and its massive screen.

In an image included in the app update, we get a good view at the Cybertruck's new UI. Earlier today, we broke down all the features of the new Cybertruck UI, from its 3D terrain to the multiple app columns.

Optional Light Bar

Many Cybertruck enthusiasts had hoped for an integrated light bar at the top of the windshield. While it didn't make it to production, Tesla appears ready to offer it as an optional accessory. The app update shows the availability of this much-anticipated feature, which has been spotted on some test Cybertrucks. Whether navigating off-road terrain or simply looking to make a statement, the optional light bar adds an exciting touch to the Cybertruck's exterior.

This wealth of information stemmed from the keen observations of X users @Tesla_App_iOS and @olympusdev_, who shared insights from the app update. As we approach its launch, these revelations underscore Tesla's commitment to innovation, versatility, and a forward-thinking approach to automotive design and functionality. The Cybertruck is not just a vehicle; it's a symbol of the future of transportation, and Tesla continues to lead the charge.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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