Tesla Secret Leaks
Owners are seeing big changes in their Tesla vehicles delivered right now. New Model 3 vehicles that are going to be delivered next year are likely going to have yoke steering wheels. Tesla does rolling improvements over time and Tesla is like a software company instead of a hardware company.
Elon Musk said that Tesla makes about 20 small changes per week on its cars. After 3 months, older Tesla cars start to get behind in updates. One user was trying to add a screen protector to the Model S screen in the rear. The rear screen protectors that used to work are no longer working. The screen is much larger now.
Kim swapped out her seats in her Model 3 in 2018 to have white seats. She learned that her white seats didn't fit because of a quiet change Tesla made to the size of their vehicles. Kim's kids use the rear screen on her Model X quite frequently and wishes that there was Bluetooth to the rear screen so her kids could connect to it.
Tesla service has confirmed that owners can pay $600 to retrofit their smaller screen to get the bigger screen for older cars. For cars built in 2018 or before, this upgrade is $1,800.
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What Else is Tesla Hiding?
There is a picture from an anonymous source of the Cybertruck frame that has a sign above it that says Powder Coat. It does look like the frame has been partially coated. Elon Musk has said that the Cybertruck will release in mid 2023 and Elon Musk has said that it will be Tesla's best product ever. This could be the first picture of a Cybertruck casting.
Tesla still hasn't announced the final pricing of the Cybertruck. It was going to start at a $40,000 price point and at this point, that is not looking likely. The truck was supposed to use the 4680 battery cells, which are now ramping faster, but it is unknown what cells they are going to use in the final version.
A lot of visitors are looking at the Cybertruck at full display in Peterson Automotive Museum in California. There is something different from the render and the actual truck on display. There is a small, 2 door, and compact Cybertruck with two doors.
There have been a lot of concerns about the truck being too big. Elon Musk has suggested that there might be a smaller version of the Cybertruck available. The question is, will Tesla make this smaller truck available everywhere, even in the U.S.?
Kim also mentions that the Model 3 will be revamped in with simplification and fewer components in order to cut production cost. This is something we've written about extensively. It appears the Model 3 will build on the refresh of the Model S and Model X. Perhaps the Model 3 from 2023 will have a yoke steering wheel. Elon Musk has said all future Tesla vehicles will have a yoke.
Project Highland will have exterior changes, including newer and larger vehicles. There will be a bumper face lift to match the Model X, S, and Y. There will also be no mirrors or ultra sonic sensors. There was also a prototype refresh of the Model 3 that was covered and seen recently as well.
There's a lot of speculation on changes Tesla is going to do, but there is evidence that can be seen in plain sight right now of what those changes might be. What do you think Tesla will change in its future vehicles?
For further information, see this video from Kim Java:
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.