Tesla’s Elon Musk talks final Cybertruck design and new feature that boosts agility

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Elon Musk Confirms Rear Wheel Steering In Tesla Cybertruck

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First of all, the final production version will be almost exactly as shown in the first production version, that later on was seen multiple times in California, Texas and New York. It means no changes in size and only minor refinements to details.

"Friday afternoons are usually Tesla design studio time. Cybertruck will be almost exactly what was shown."

The second thing is that the electric pickup truck from Tesla to will have rear-wheel steering to improve the turning radius and maneuverability of such a big vehicle.

"We’re adding rear wheel steering, so it can do tight turns & maneuver with high agility."

At this point we don't know whether it will be only a basic rear-wheel steering that is utilized in some cars, or if it will have also a special mode to drive diagonally, like the GMC Hummer EV's Crab Mode (see example here).

With up to three electric motors (two for the rear wheels and one for the front axle) Rivian's Tank Turn (rotating the vehicle in place) is not very likely.

The third thing hinted at by Elon Musk is that there will be many other "great things" implemented in the Cybertruck that were not yet revealed:

"Lot of other great things coming."

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Elon Musk confirms Tesla Cybertruck will have 4-wheel steering like Hummer EV's 'Crab mode' - Electrek

Electrek.co 03 July, 2021 - 02:18am

Elon Musk has confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck will be equipped 4-wheel directional steering resulting in a feature similar to the Hummer EV’s ‘Crab mode’.

Over the last year, Musk has been talking about Tesla unveiling an updated version of the Cybertruck ahead of the start of production, which is still officially planned for later this year.

The CEO has talked about Tesla updating the Cybertruck’s adaptive air suspension. They also talked about making the truck smaller, but Musk scrapped that plan after a design review back in May of 2020.

While the automaker scrapped plans for a smaller Cybertruck for the time being, some slight modifications to the design and dimensions are expected.

More recently, he has been saying that the production will look almost exactly the same as the prototype unveiled back in 2019 and he has also missed some timelines to unveil the updated version.

When asked about an update on the Cybertruck, Musk said on Twitter last night that it will be “almost exactly what was shown”:

“Friday afternoons are usually Tesla design studio time. Cybertruck will be almost exactly what was shown.”

That would indicate that an unveiling of an update is not in the plans anymore or at least not on the timeline previously announced.

But then, Musk added the biggest tidbit of new information about the Cybertruck yet.

The CEO confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck is going to have 4-wheel steering:

“We’re adding rear wheel steering, so it can do tight turns and maneuver with high agility.”

That sounds just like the “Crab mode” that GM unveiled in the new GMC Hummer EV.

The pickup truck is stacked with a ton of very impressive features, and one of the most impressive of them is “Crab Mode.”

Not unlike a crab walking on its sides, the Hummer EV has a four-wheel steering system that enables it to move diagonally in a straight line.

Recently, we have seen a beat-up GMC Hummer EV prototypedo its crab walk in traffic. It’s impressive.

Now it sounds like Tesla’s own electric pickup truck is going to have the same or similar feature.

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Telsa Cybertruck will be released in 2021 with a starting price of $39,900. Higher-end models include a range of 500 miles on a single charge.

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Tesla's first European plant was supposed to open on July 1, but permit delays, lizards, and other problems have postponed it indefinitely

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Since beginning work on the sprawling plant in early 2020, Tesla has faced setback after setback over issues like environmental impact and permitting. It all means that Tesla is way behind schedule in opening up the factory, the cornerstone of its European strategy where it plans to churn out half a million cars annually. 

With traditional carmakers like Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz doubling down on electric cars and breathing down Tesla's neck, the company likely wants to avoid any more stumbles. But it remains unclear when the plant will open its doors. 

Tesla has hit one bureaucratic slowdown after another since it broke ground in the small town of Grünheide, near Berlin.

In December, Tesla was forced to temporarily stop constructing parts of the plant after it failed to pay a €100 million deposit on time. In June, it had to resubmit permit applications to account for a battery-production facility. The public now has until August 16 to review the documents and file any objections, according to the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment

This whole time, Tesla has been building the factory under a series of provisional permits — at its own financial risk — as it waits for full approval from the environmental authority in Brandenburg. Theoretically, it would have to dismantle the plant if the project isn't given the green light, and it's unclear when Tesla will get full authorization.

Tesla has gotten fed up with the delays. In April, the company sent a letter to the Brandenburg state government complaining about the "irritating" approval process that had begun 16 months earlier, Bloomberg reported

The problems haven't gone unnoticed by Musk, either. 

"I think there could be less bureaucracy, that would be better," the CEO told reporters at the Grünheide site in May. 

Tesla has also met fervent opposition from environmental groups who are concerned about the mammoth plant's impact on the local wildlife and water supply. Activists have mounted demonstrations and gone through the courts to make their voices heard. 

In February 2020, as Tesla prepared the site for construction, a German court ruled that the company had to temporarily stop clearing trees while it considered objections from the Green League. Courts told Tesla to suspend deforestation efforts again in December after activists complained that construction was disturbing the habitats of hibernating snakes and lizards

Environmentalists are also worried about the plant's effect on the local water supply since part of it is located in a drinking-water protection area. Tesla has revised down its water demands. 

While Tesla's sky-high share price makes it the most valuable car company on the planet, it didn't earn that title by selling the most cars. Far from it. 

The company moved a record 500,000 vehicles in 2020. Some of the world's largest automakers sell that many of a single model. Expanding production volumes and ramping up sales is crucial to Tesla's future profitability, especially as legacy manufacturers and startups begin to flood the market with new EVs. 

So when will Gigafactory Berlin get up and running?

In April, Musk said Tesla could start limited production at the plant by the end of the year. But, as Musk himself admits, he's not the best with predictions.

Musk confirms Cybertruck will have 4-wheel steering

Khaleej Times 02 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

Elon Musk has confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck will be equipped with a 4-wheel directional steering, resulting in a feature similar to the Hummer EV’s ‘Crab mode’.

Over the last year, Musk has been talking about Tesla unveiling an updated version of the Cybertruck ahead of the start of production, which is still officially planned for later this year.

Now, the CEO has confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck is going to have 4-wheel steering, Electrek reported.

“We are adding rear-wheel steering, so it can do tight turns and maneuver with high agility,” Musk said.

The CEO has been talking about Tesla updating the Cybertruck’s adaptive air suspension. He had also talked about making the truck smaller. But Musk has scrapped that plan after a design review back in May 2020.

The company this week announced that it has produced and delivered over 200,000 vehicles in Q2 2021.

In the second quarter, the electric vehicle company produced 206,421 units and delivered 201,250 units.

Musk had written to his employees last week that Tesla is “executing well”, but they need to “go all out” at the end of the quarter. — IANS

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