It sounds like the final design of the Tesla Cybertruck is getting close.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Twitter that he had just visited the design studio and thought the highly-anticipated vehicle is “looking good.”
Production of the Cybertruck is expected to begin at the end of this year at the company’s Texas factory, currently under construction. Wide delivery of the truck is expected to begin in 2022.
The Cybertruck will be one of the wildest vehicles on the road. The angular, raw metal exterior makes it an obvious standout, but the performance benefits of an all-electric vehicle should also help the truck prove itself as a worker.
Musk said in November an updated design for the Cybertruck would come in “a month or so.”
Tesla has been giving consideration to the Cybertruck’s hulking proportions, which could prevent the wildly-styled, bulletproof, pickup from fitting into the average suburban garage.
Musk said recently on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that the final version of the Cybertruck would shrink by about 3% in its final form.
The electric pickup market is shaping up as Tesla gets closer to production for the Cybertruck. Rivian’s R1T will start deliveries this year and the largest pickup manufacturers like GM and Ford.
The Standard Range Model Y has disappeared from Tesla’s online ordering page. People looking to purchase the all-electric crossover will need to spend at least $48,990 for the Long Range all-wheel drive variant.
It’s not clear why the variant was removed. It’s strange for the Standard range Model Y disappeared days after it also received a price reduction to $39,990.
However, there is some evidence that Tesla may remove the Standard range Model Y forever. Chief Executive Elon Musk said in July that the company would not make the lower-end version of the vehicle because the 244 miles of range was not suitable.
However, Tesla released the Standard range in January.
Tesla’s frequent price changes have been frustrating for shoppers and owners. It’s tough to know when is the best time to buy and there are plenty of instances of prices being lowered shortly after purchase.
Do you think the Standard range Model Y is gone for good?
Tesla has lowered the price on the Model 3 and Model Y Standard Range versions.
The Standard Model 3 price was cut by $1,000, now $36,990. The Model Y received a $2,000 price cut, now $39,990. The Standard Range Model 3 and Y have ranges of 263 miles and 244 miles respectively.
Unfortunately, the price increased on the Performance versions. Both the Model 3 and Model Y performance received a $1,000 price increase. The Performance Model 3 now starts at $55,990. The Performance Model Y starts at $59,990.
With production only gaining velocity in the U.S. and China, Tesla is looking to increase deliveries. With four vehicles available in the market, Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles during 2020.
SpaceX lost a Falcon 9 booster Monday when it failed to land after successfully delivering a load of 60 Starlink satellites.
SpaceX has not disclosed the cause of the failed landing. The livestream showed a flash near the drone ship, but the rocket was never seen on camera. It’s suspected the rocket landed in the ocean.
The rocket lost had served the company well, flying for six missions in total.
SpaceX planned to follow up Monday’s mission from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with another flight for Starlink today, however that mission has been postponed.
The next mission will mark the 20th batch of broadband-beaming Starlink satellites that SpaceX has launched into orbit. There are now more than 1,000 satellites and SpaceX has FCC approval for more than 2,000.
Starlink is currently operational in some locations and SpaceX has been doing testing with a variety of groups including emergency responders and school districts.
Elon Musk wants the upcoming Tesla Roadster to hover.
The Tesla CEO shared new details on the supercar, as well as the possibility of a van with a solar roof during an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Musk said Tesla should finalize engineering this year and could start delivering the car next year. Musk has teased a “SpaceX” version of the car for several years, saying it will use cold-gas thrusters developed by the space company, propelling the car to even greater speeds.
But, Elon wants the cat to fly.
“I want it to hover,” Musk said. “I’m trying to figure out how to make this thing hover, without, you know, killing people. I thought, maybe we could make it hover, but not too high. So maybe it could hover, like, a meter above the ground, or something. So, if you plummet, you blow out the suspension, but you’re not going to die. Maybe, I don’t know, six feet. If we put a height limit on it, it will probably be fine.”
Musk told Rogan that Roadsters with the SpaceX package will not have a back seat, making room for the thruster system.
Musk said he expects the thruster to come out of a James Bond-style flip-down license plate.
You’d think that a half a million-dollar Rolls-Royce would top the list of the most desirable luxury cars in the world, but it didn’t.
When people think of Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin, extreme luxury, opulence, and powerful engines come to mind. These three automotive brands are the pinnacle of luxury, and they sell some of the most expensive vehicles in the world. However, in a recent study done by UK-based Money, the Tesla Model S topped the list of the most desirable luxury car in the world.
This might seem surprising to some because many don’t consider Teslas as luxury vehicles due to their lack of wood veneers, expensive animal hides, and champagne mini coolers. But most overlook that because Teslas are some of the most advanced vehicles in the market. And this study proves it.
Using Google data and Ahrefs, the company mapped the most searched luxury vehicles in 148 countries. The Tesla Model S topped the list in 29 countries including the United States, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Australia, and some surprising ones like Bolivia, Mongolia, and Afghanistan.
The Audi A8 was second with 22 countries and the BMW X7 took the bronze medal with 19 countries. The Rolls Royce Phantom was 6th on the list with 10 countries, and the Bentley Continental GT ranked 10th with only 3 countries. The Model S was the only Tesla on the list.
One likely reason for the success of the Model S is its price tag in comparison to the others on the list. Currently, the base Long Range model starts at $79,990, with the top Plaid+ starting at $139,990. Rolls Royce and Bentley models start at about twice the price of the Plaid+ or more.
Starlight headliners and reclining seats that massage you are nice, but so is a car that can get OTA updates and almost drive itself. It looks like consumer interests are changing.