There are many reasons why Tesla would want any and all automakers to join the Tesla Supercharger Network as partners, but one stands out clearly – Tesla has the opportunity to establish NACS as America’s charging protocol which would mean exponentially higher revenue for the Tesla Supercharger Network. With that in mind it makes perfect sense for Tesla to welcome Rivian, once billed as the “Tesla Killer” into the network.
But some industry insiders think there is another reason why Tesla would welcome Rivian into their charging network, the Cybertruck is vaporware:
Either Tesla knows their Cybertruck is a Dead On Arrival, or their supercharger network revenue is the real money engine of the company. Rivian on the Tesla network is game over. Tesla should just buy Rivian.
I mean, if you’re Tesla and you’re prepping to deliver the Cybertruck, why would you give away market share to your biggest competitor? Unless you know that the Cybertruck is cyber-fiction. I guarantee a waitlist buyer for the Cybertruck ain’t gonna go snag a (Ford) Lightning or a (GM) Hummer, but they sure as shit would move to Rivian, especially if they don’t have to fight the crowd at the ChargePoint station.
Cybertruck keeps getting delayed. It’s either a turd or a publicity stunt. If it’s a turd, and they are in fact working through the issues, they’d be crazy to give the charging network to Rivian.
Welcoming Ford and GM into the Tesla Supercharger Network is completely different from welcoming “Tesla Killer” Rivian into the family. Historically speaking, the auto industry does not have a lot of examples of competitors within a segment helping one another.
As for Ford? They aren’t even remotely scared of Cybertruck:
Jim Farley took a swipe at Tesla’s Cybertruck, calling it a “truck for Silicon Valley people” and saying that his company’s F-150 Lightning is “for real people who do real work.” Farley’s comments came in response to a question about whether he was concerned about the Cybertruck taking market share away from the F-150 Lightning.
And then there is Elon Musk’s track record with promises to the Tesla community.
Elon Musk’s Broken Promises: The Reality of Tesla’s Delayed Vehicles
Elon Musk is a mastermind and a revolutionary entrepreneur who has pushed the boundaries of technology with his groundbreaking ventures. His contributions towards renewable energy and space exploration have earned him worldwide admiration. However, there’s no denying that he’s also known for his bold promises, which often come with unmet timelines. One of the biggest areas where Tesla has failed to fulfill its promises is with their vehicles. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most highly-anticipated Tesla models that have experienced serious delays.
Tesla’s Self-Driving Vehicle
One of the most highly-anticipated cars from Tesla was the fully self-driving Tesla vehicle. Musk promised that this car would hit the market in 2017, but it didn’t happen. The timeline was pushed back to 2018, then 2019, and now finally to 2020. While the company has made some progress, the car is still not what Musk promised it would be four years ago.
Tesla Robo Taxis By 2020
Another infamous promise made by Musk was the production of one million Tesla robo taxis by 2020. This promise was made in 2019 and everyone was excited about it. But Tesla has failed to meet this goal too, and there’s been no update on when or if we’ll see these robo taxis hit the streets anytime soon.
The Tesla Semi was revealed in 2017, but the first few units were only released this past Spring. This is a significant delay, especially considering that the company was receiving preorders from major companies like Walmart and Anheuser-Busch. The Model Y, Tesla’s compact SUV, also faced multiple delays before hitting the streets in March of 2020.
Is Tesla Cybertruck Vaporware?
Tesla’s Cybertruck, introduced in November 2019, was touted as a revolutionary electric vehicle with its stainless steel exoskeleton and futuristic design. Supporters and critics alike were excited to see this new vehicle hit the market. But according to a recent leak, the pre-production prototypes of the Cybertruck are reportedly far behind schedule, with a host of issues related to the powertrain, braking, suspension, structural design, and sealing of the vehicle. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the leaked report and what implications it could have for Tesla’s future.
The leaked report reveals a range of issues with the Cybertruck, including significant braking problems that could possibly take up to two years to solve. The pre-production prototypes also have structural weaknesses, with the roof of the vehicle being one of the most concerning issues. The report suggests that Tesla’s designers have had difficulties creating a roof that will provide adequate protection in case of a rollover or a heavy impact. Sealing is another issue that the report highlights, with water often leaking into the prototypes.
The report also suggests that the Cybertruck’s powertrain, which is supposed to be one of the vehicle’s most advanced features, is plagued with problems. The prototypes struggle to accelerate and reach the desired top speeds, and the cooling system for the car’s batteries is also reportedly inadequate. This is potentially concerning for Tesla since the company is known for providing high-powered electric vehicles with advanced batteries and charging technologies.
Another issue cited in the report is the Cybertruck’s suspension, which is said to be too stiff and rough. The prototypes also struggle with tight turns and off-road driving. This could negatively impact the car’s ability to cater to off-road enthusiasts, which was one of the vehicle’s main selling points.
Lastly, the report highlights the importance of Tesla meeting the regulatory requirements for the Cybertruck’s safety before its official release. The prototypes failed to meet the safety standards for the roof, door latches, and emergency exits, among others. Tesla would have to address these issues before releasing the vehicle officially.
Elon Musk and Tesla have won accolades from all over the world for their ambitious projects and progressive environmental views. However, Tesla’s inability to meet timelines is a cause for concern. The delay in the production of the self-driving Tesla vehicle, Model 3, Cybertruck, Semi, and the robo taxis show that these promises might not be kept. As an experienced entrepreneur, Musk should know that timelines are essential and meeting deadlines is crucial. While we remain hopeful that these cars will be worth the wait, it’s essential for Tesla to communicate better and more frequently about timelines and progress.