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As Elon said during his DealBook interview earlier in the week. A peek at the r/Cybertruck subreddit finds that while some people are excited about the new EV, and are already preparing to drag race Porsche 911s while towing another Porsche 911, the Cybertruck event didn’t go over well with everyone:
You either throw the steel ball or you don’t bring it up at all. There’s no middle ground you just made a 2nd meme.
I wouldn’t mind a rational price increase but underdelivering on every other aspect - especially range…. Hell nah
Used to the awkward presentations, but being so light on the details like not even mentioning bi-directional and kicking the dual and beast up $30k, just totally wtf.
Maybe I’m dramatic, but I’ve been looking forward to this for almost half a decade, and now it’s unobtainable to me in price. I feel like a dream got crushed.
Tesla has a TON of new accessories for its all-new Cybertruck — camp equipment, snow tires, truck stuff, this $55 decal of a broken window — so I was curious how much a top-trim truck (the tri-motor Cyberbeast version) with all the bells and whistles would cost. Because I assume true Tesla fans are going to want to support their favorite struggling billionaire.
The grand total, including all the accessories and Full Self-Driving, comes out to an eye-watering $126,860. That’s even more than the Hummer EV! And about double the average transaction price for a new truck in the US, according to Edmunds. Cyber-gulp!
Tesla’s Cybertruck site is introducing an upcoming “Range Extender” option that claims will give the pickup truck up to 470-plus miles of range. The storage-eating hump it leaves reminds me of early compliance EVs.
Somehow, even after the Cybertruck launched, we still don’t know how many wipers it has. But we do know a lot more about it, including how to open the door! We also kinda sorta got some closure on the OpenAI drama, but as always the CEOs are still out here saying some wild stuff on stage and on the internet. Thank goodness we have a podcast where we get to loudly ask the digital gods: why?
Specifically, we’re talking about the $1,500 kids version now on sale following the Cybertruck delivery event yesterday. It has a max speed of 10mph from a 500W motor, with a 5mph limit option. It features adjustable seats to accommodate 6 to 12-year-olds, air-filled rubber tires, and a 22-volt battery.
— along with the rest of the truck, too. He’s got a 40-minute video out this morning taking Tesla’s new vehicle for a spin and offering some first impressions.
And yeah, he knows what we’re interested in.
53 seconds into this Cybertruck walkaround video, Mat from Carwow picks up the wiper. And…it’s so floppy! Looks like one blade but still inconclusive.
Thanks to Tyler for the tip — The Verge is America’s leader Cybertruck wiper news source, and it’s all thanks to readers like you.
The company’s lead designer Franz von Holzhausen notoriously smashed the Cybertruck’s window with a metal ball bearing in a botched demonstration of the truck’s armor plated glass back in 2019. Today, he got a chance at redemption. But his throws looked a little weak. And is that a baseball I see??
According to Tesla’s website, the Cybertruck will be Tesla’s first vehicle to feature bi-directional charging, or vehicl-to-load capabilities. That means to can buy two Cybertrucks and use them to charge each other. Like a shiny, triangular snake eating its own tail.
Tesla’s order page just updated to include all the updated prices and range numbers. You can find them all here or in our announcement post that just went up.
As Elon Musk hands off the first production Cybertrucks to owners, he’s had to show almost every single one of them how to open the passenger door. “You just press this button over here,” he keeps saying, pointing to a spot that I think is on the B-pillar, just at the back of the door.
Tesla: lots of interesting ideas about cars, way more weird ideas about how to open them.
In what can only be described as a very anticlimactic ending, Musk just signed off, and now the Cybertruck’s first customers are getting in their trucks and driving off. All told, that was about 25 minutes, one of Tesla’s shortest events ever.
Still no word on updates about price or range.
Compared to the specifications set in 2019, the capability sits between the original dual-motor that could haul 10,000 pounds and the triple-motor with 14,000 pounds.
Ford’s F-150 Lightning with an extended battery is rated for 10,000 pounds of towing.
Elon showed a clip of bullets exploding on the Cybertruck’s surface to demonstrate the truck’s durability. I’m not sure a Tommy gun is really the best choice for a real-world test. It’s not like Al Capone is going to be lining up as a customer.
Just noting that Franz von Holzhausen weakly threw a baseball at this Cybertruck instead of a rock that broke the windows four years ago.
At Tesla’s delivery event, Elon said they should try the glass durability test they attempted in 2019. If you remember, Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen threw a metal ball at the window, and it broke. Today, he lightly threw a baseball instead, and it survived.
Elon is standing in the bed of the Cybertruck, talking about how tough his truck is. We’re getting details about the stainless steel alloy that reportedly has been incredibly difficult for the company to manufacture.
Tesla says the future should look like the future, but the first clip it showed was a Cybertruck doing a bunch of traditional stuff: spitting gravel, doing donuts in the dirt, getting loaded up with 2x4s. I kind of expected “Like a Rock” to suddenly kick in.
We’re all waiting on this stream to start, and the music is like standing in the most evil possible version of Starship Earth at Disney World.
The nationwide electric vehicle charging network company and the Midwest superstore chain have already installed 24 charging stalls in six locations across Michigan and Ohio.
Fresh off of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding, EVgo will provide white-label chargers to Meijer and will also manage installation, ongoing operation, and maintenance. Ohio’s $13.8 million allocation of the funding is good for 20 new locations for EV chargers, of which EVgo will handle 14.
Fresh off its win against the Big Three, the United Auto Workers announced an official push to begin unionizing all the non-union automakers in the US — including Tesla. It will be a tough battle: unionizing efforts at Tesla have failed in the past because of the company’s willingness to retaliate against union friendly employees. Tesla has been accused of illegal union busting by federal regulators, and Elon Musk openly flouts the rules. But UAW President Shawn Fein is a brawler, and will use the union’s newly ratified contract as leverage. This could be a much more even match-up than in the past.
YouTuber Marques Brownlee just tweeted a photo of his POV from the driver seat of the Tesla Cybertruck — but what I’m interested in is that range estimate. The dash display reads 265 miles, so assuming that’s a full charge (or at least 80 percent), this could be Tesla’s dual-motor version of the truck. That lines up with what we’ve seen from other prototype Cybertrucks that have been floating around since this summer.
X user Tesla App Updates unearthed some new visuals (via Electrek) from Tesla’s mobile app that confirms a few things about the Cybertruck, including a Basecamp accessory for campers, and something called “Beast Mode.” My best guess is that it will be akin to Tesla’s other sport modes, like Ludicrous and Plaid, but for the Cybertruck. Whatever it is, it looks trippy. Time to get my third eye ready for this announcement on Thursday.
Elon Musk confirmed Beast Mode in a recent interview with Joe Rogan. (The one where he shot an arrow at the Cybertruck and it exploded. The arrow, not the truck.)
The all-new 2024 Tacoma lineup (which is adding a hybrid option) uses a portable Toyota-branded JBL “FLEX” device as a center speaker for the main audio system when docked away — and since two of those Toyota speakers can pair for stereo sound... all you need are two Tacomas.
The $9.99 / month Instacart Plus subscription already offers unlimited free grocery deliveries and lower service fees, but now it’s bundling in Peacock’s Premium plan, too. The streamer’s Premium plan offers ad-supported access to a range of content on Peacock and typically costs $5.99 per month.