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    Model Zero concept: Could it happen?

    The size and many features are attractive. It would be interesting to see it as a Cyber vehicle with all straight edge stainless steel and glass body. The break between this and Cyber truck is that Cyber truck isn’t arbitrarily “designed” in the same sense that this is. Cybertruck emerges from...
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    Spy photo of new Tesla sub-compact (CyberMini)

    I expect to see an actual CyberCar that shares a lot with that! It would be an ideal combination with a million mile drive train and battery pack for an urban 2 passenger Tesla Network Robotaxi. A little wider and taller so the seating is more comfortable but not so different you couldn’t post...
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    This truck design had better be a joke....

    There is an important difference between this deposit and the Model 3. The Model 3 had no checkoff for adding Full Self Driving at a fixed price - because it didn’t exist. The CT deposit let’s you lock-in FSD at $7000 for the same $100 deposit. Whether this matters to you depends on what you...
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    This truck design had better be a joke....

    Exactly. A lot of the automotive press is referring to this as a unibody simply because it’s not a body on chassis and those are the only two categories they understand. It’s not that. Every car on the road in 2019 is a unibody and all “crossovers” too. There are a few areas like how loads are...
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    Features and/or Options Cybertruck should have....

    I’m curious about what might be done with the onboard air compressor there for the suspension. Tires that maintain their own ideal air pressure for driving conditions? Tires that can at least temporarily fix punctures and reinflate? Simpler/cheaper pneumatic movement options for things like...
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    Exoskeleton body repair cost

    It would crumple in front or rear collisions that have a lot more energy than a sledgehammer. Rigidity in side collisions is important for passenger safety because there isn’t much room to collapse without causing harm. Teslas top safety ratings in side impact are helped by the rigidity of the...
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    Exoskeleton body repair cost

    I suppose it depends on what you expect the surface to look like. I assume the surface of these trucks is more like a pot or flatware and less like a watch.
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    Exoskeleton body repair cost

    It seems to be made by a process like steel origami. Current car body repair is expensive because the stamped body panels made of thin soft steel sell for extravagant amounts of money compared to their marginal cost. A panel with a few dollars worth of steel in it might cost $500. The production...
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    Exoskeleton body repair cost

    THAT would make it show scratches easily. This is 301 Stainless like SpaceX Starship or my kitchen pots and utensils, it doesn’t show scratches easily.
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    This truck design had better be a joke....

    I think the genius of this design is in the new approach to body manufacturing that it arises from. It’s not an elaborate steel Endo Skeleton that thin stamped and painted steel or Aluminum body panels are attached to as a skin. It’s a thick stainless steel exoskeleton made by a process like...
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    Will exterior paint be offered?

    No. Part of the brilliance of this design that let’s Tesla make it for that little is no paint shop, no metal stamping. It’s stainless steel origami and much easier to manufacture while better performing. Vinyl wraps would cover the demand for other colors/finishes. Like Lasairfion said, that...
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    No crumple zone?

    Crumple zones are mostly about front and rear impacts and a more rigid stainless steel skin doesn’t change this much, it still deforms under impact along with the structures under it. Impact has a lot more energy than a sledge hammer. Side impact safety is very much helped by rigidity, that’s...
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    Made a couple small changes to the Cybertruck. Thoughts?

    I don’t think it’s better as pickup design because it adds nothing functionally and probably screws up the airflow they designed for, however I’d really like to see what it looks like extended back through most of the bed for a third seat row version like a Cybertruck Suburban or Expedition. It...
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    Tesla Sailboat

    Black Pearl (yacht) - Wikipedia This yacht is almost there. Still has Diesel engine though. Bigger battery packs and the next iteration could be all electric. It does have PV on it’s black sails and generates power from its props when under sail. It’s a bigger, newer variant of the sail system...
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    When FSD is feature complete, does Tesla need an Uber like version of Tesla Network to transition to

    Tesla has the ambition of getting Autopilot advanced to Feature Complete Full Self Driving by 2020. At that point they seem to need a special sort of data collection, basically a way of testing Tesla Network Robo Taxi features with a safety driver in place on a massive scale. Waymo and others...

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