Tesla Cybertruck Will Get Enhanced Off-Road Capability With Locking Differentials in Software Update

By Kevin Armstrong
New Cybertruck Locking Differentials
New Cybertruck Locking Differentials

Like 90% of trucks and SUVs, most Cybertruck will never leave the pavement. But Tesla is setting the stage for a significant upgrade that promises to elevate its off-road performance for the small group of owners that may actually get the Cybertruck a little dirty. The feature will be in an upcoming software update, confirmed by the lead Tesla Cybertruck engineer.

Upcoming Update

Traditionally, the acquisition of a vehicle came with a fixed set of features, with any upgrades necessitating physical modifications or replacements. However, Tesla has redefined this paradigm by implementing software-defined vehicles.

Tesla's Cybertruck is undergoing rigorous testing to perfect the integration of locking differentials. Wes Morrill, Cybertruck Lead Engineer, revealed that the team is experimenting with both mechanical and electronic locking systems for the rear axles and will enable them in an upcoming software update. The fact that Tesla is already testing the feature in the Cybertruck means that it could be released imminently. at least if testing goes well.

The Mechanics of Locking Differentials

In vehicles, a differential allows wheels on an axle to rotate at different speeds, which is crucial for turning. However, in off-road scenarios, this can lead to a wheel spinning freely if it loses traction, limiting forward movement. Locking differentials solve this by forcing both wheels on an axle to move at the same speed, ensuring that power is efficiently directed to the wheel with better grip, enhancing off-road capability.

The driver can engage Locking differentials manually or automatically, adapting to changes in traction on the fly. Tesla's Cybertruck is poised to feature electronic locking differentials, utilizing electromagnets or solenoids controlled by the vehicle's software. This enables precise, dynamic adjustment to driving conditions, ensuring optimal traction across diverse terrains.

This technology represents a significant advancement in vehicle design, merging mechanical robustness with digital intelligence. By automatically detecting and responding to traction needs, the Cybertruck's locking differentials will offer drivers a superior off-road experience, showcasing the potential of integrating software solutions with traditional automotive mechanisms for improved performance.

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Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Due to Accelerator Pedal Issue

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla has informed several Cybertruck reservation holders of delays in their delivery schedules. Several notifications were posted on the Cybertruck Owner’s Club, stating the need to postpone scheduled deliveries due to an "unexpected delay" without initially providing detailed explanations to customers.

Technical Issues Identified

However, that is where the Tesla community steps in. More posts on X and the Cybertruck Owner’s Forum revealed that the delays are linked to a design issue with the accelerator pedal of the Cybertruck. Unlike Tesla's other models, which feature a hanging accelerator pedal, the Cybertruck uses a floor-mounted design. This design requires the driver to apply forward and upward motion pressure.

It has been determined that the cover of the accelerator pedal can shift out of its designated position when subjected to excessive force. This malfunction has been attributed to the presence of lubricant residues left over from the manufacturing process.

Remedial Actions and Future Plans

Tesla has temporarily halted the delivery of all Cybertrucks and is currently working on a solution to redesign the pedal cover to eliminate lubricant residue. The new, improved covers are expected to be ready by April 19. Tesla plans to replace the faulty components in existing Cybertrucks at Service Centers shortly thereafter.

The company anticipates resuming Cybertruck deliveries on April 20, also known as 4-20. However, due to the pause in deliveries and the time required to distribute the new parts, some customers might experience further delays. Tesla is preparing for a staggered delivery schedule initially due to the limited availability of the newly designed pedal covers.

Despite these setbacks, Tesla continues to scale up the production of the Cybertruck at its Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. Recent aerial footage indicates that production rates have been nearing 1,000 units per week. The Cybertruck has also been featured in promotional events across several countries, including a stop at the Boston Marathon, showcasing its unique design and capabilities.

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.

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