Tesla opens the new Austin gigafactory
Tesla has officially opened its factory in Austin in the US state of Texas. This is where the Model Y is produced with the new 4680 cells, which are also manufactured on site and integrated into the new structural battery pack. In addition, Elon Musk announced a new model.
First Tesla Model Y units arrive in Europe
The first Tesla Model Ys have arrived in Europe. A German manager of the electric car manufacturer made this public on his LinkedIn channel. The official start of deliveries is still scheduled for September, but it looks like the first deliveries could take place in August. This is also supported by a media date.
Carmakers piggybacking Tesla on SNL
Elon Musk appeared on the US comedy show Saturday Night Live last weekend and also brought the Tesla Cybertruck to New York. Meanwhile, Tesla’s competitors tried to capitalise on the attention via the advertising slots.
Tesla Semi & Cybertruck dependent on 4680 cells
Elon Musk has concretised the timetables for the future models in the wake of the latest earnings call. Tesla could launch the Semi electric truck and Cybertruck pickup as early as now, but a bottleneck has grown around the battery cells.
Tesla plans V4-Supercharger with up to 350 kW
Tesla may launch a fourth-generation Supercharger, which should allow charging capacities of around 350 kW, as Tesla’s automotive boss Jerome Guillen revealed. The first models to achieve such charging capacities have apparently already been determined.
Tesla Giga Berlin & Giga Texas well underway
The Gigafactories under construction in Texas and Berlin have been making progress despite the final permit for the site in Grünheide, close to the German capital still pending. Brandenburg state minister Jörg Steinbach is confident however to be able to grant final permissions before the year’s end.
Tesla Cybertruck reservations lower than expected
The number of reservations for Tesla’s Cybertruck is apparently much lower than expected. While fans had assumed over 700,000 reservations based on the analysis of reservation numbers, Elon Musk has now named a significantly lower number.
Tesla sues Rivian over trade secrets
The electric car manufacturer Tesla has filed a lawsuit against the startup Rivian, in which the Californians accuse the competitor of having stolen trade secrets. Tesla sees an “alarming scheme” to poach important employees.
Tesla to move a significant part of US production to Texas
Following the heated exchange between Tesla and California regulatory authorities regarding the re-opening of the Gigafactory following the Covid-19 pandemic, Elon Musk had announced that he would pack up and move. Now a decision has been made regarding production in Texas.
Tesla is getting ready to buy in Texas
Tesla has set its sights on a particular plot of land for its planned next US plant near the Texas capital Austin. US media reports that the electric car manufacturer has already bought land in Travis County were, however, later corrected by Elon Musk on Twitter.
A spaced-out Cybertruck
On Instagram, artist @charlieautomotiv created a set of images of what a Cybertruck made for the moon might look like. A moon rover from Tesla isn’t such a spaced-out idea when you consider that both Tesla and SpaceX are run by Elon Musk.
Tesla considers another Gigafactory in the USA
According to Elon Musk, Tesla is currently looking for a location for another plant in the USA. The Cybertruck is to be produced there, as well as the Model Y for customers on the US East Coast. Texas is apparently a hot contender in the competition.
David and Goliath?
The long-awaited rematch between the Tesla Cybertruck vs Ford F150 tug-of-war rematch has finally been held, though in a fairly strange way. After Ford backed out of an official rematch, a group of unaffiliated engineers put a half-scale Cybertruck – so literally a half-sized Cybertruck – versus the regular-sized best-selling pickup. It appears that the only key here was the weight of the two vehicles, which was remedied with surprising results.
Russian Cybertruck hits the road – with fossil fuels
Tesla’s Cybertruck apparently inspired Russian mechanics to modify an old Lada to look like the electric pickup. Seemingly missing the point, the Cybertruck replica still runs on a conventional combustion engine – at least the maker of the project added that he is thinking about installing an electric motor in the future.
Cybertruck design impresses creatives
With the design of the Cybertruck, Tesla has managed to defy conventions and inspire rolling free PR – now a Lego kit and an origami paper folding technique have been published online in the most recent creative reaction.
Cybertruck – for the force of the future
To date, Tesla has already tallied up at least 250,000 reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck. The fully-electric pickup truck is popular among police forces with reservations from the local police force in Ciudad Valles, Mexico; the Kansas Highway Patrol in the US; and the Dubai police force in the UAE.
Cybertruck gets the last laugh
After the Tesla Cybertruck presentation boo-boo with the “bulletproof” windows and the cracked glass, both BMW and Lego haven’t wasted any time to make fun of it. But who will get the last laugh?
Bring it on!
Part of the Tesla Cybertruck presentation was a video featuring the electric pickup in a tug of war against Ford’s popular F-150. Ford lost, but manager Sunny Madra found the conditions unfair, and challenged Musk to a rematch.