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  1. No side mirror = no tow mirror

    I got the impression that the CT as currently known is probably a few components shy of a production vehicle and some appear to be ugly exterior things like side mirrors and windshield wipers. Wouldn't want to upset the Franz (like telling him to make the CT 5% smaller) but there will be some...
  2. Regenerative braking while hill climbing?

    I am reminded of something my dad told us about his childhood. He had to walk in the snow to school and back and both ways were uphill. We had it easy!
  3. Is regen based on motors?

    conversely, pumping (work-energy) electrons through a conductor can create a magnetic field that pushes or pulls on a magnet. Regenerative braking uses the kinetic energy of the vehicle to generate electrical energy using the motors and this...
  4. Is regen based on motors?

    mechanically pushing(work-energy) a conductor (wire) though a magnetic field will induce electrical current in the conductor.
  5. Satellite based wireless charging

    If the microwaves could charge your CT it will also cook everything around. Good weapon concept though.
  6. VIDEO - Tesla Cybertruck TeraFactory Site Construction Is Well Underway

    In my business ethics class we learned that corporations fundamentally follow two rules: 1. Maximize profits for shareholders. 2. Obey the law. #2 is political.
  7. Tesla teardown finds electronics 6 years ahead of Toyota and VW

    Another observation about engineers: They are people and some are easily daunted and fearful while some just say "hold my beer". A fearless engineer can be a foolish dreamer and gets easily irked when going through risk analysis exercises. That is why it is good to be the CEO with billions.
  8. Tesla teardown finds electronics 6 years ahead of Toyota and VW

    just my opinion but when Elon mentioned level 5 this or next year it was like a baby announcement. The baby needs to learn but it is a level 5 baby not a level 2 baby. This will be an interesting topic in a few years, until then keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheels.
  9. VIDEO - Tesla Cybertruck TeraFactory Site Construction Is Well Underway

    We live in a mixed system which is part capitalist and socialist. Most of the protests are NOT related to socialism vs capitalism but something that is at the core of America: all mankind created equal. I think there is a Norman Rockwell painting for that as well. Tesla is not a regressive...
  10. how many Cybertrucks exist?

    They would need to build more to refine the design and tweak the manufacturing methods. Plus there will need to be vehicles for crash testing and environmental testing. The tooling that ultimately is installed in Austin will be based on what they currently use albeit much more of it. I think...
  11. What's this? Are they fly window locks? Cameras for the Leno show? Rear window locks to fold it down?

    Reflections of the cameras and the A/B pillars. When the vault tambour(cover) is covering the vault the darkness in the vault turns that rear window into a mirror. I was trying to figure out if the tambour blocked the view in the vault through the window when the tambour was covering the...
  12. Hey Elon! What About This!

    that is a great Idea. having the versatility to plug in both side would also allow the wall connector to be installed where it makes sense in many garages. A dual tesla garage would not have a wall connector installed in the center of the garage.
  13. Tesla just wanted a weird truck, Elon Musk says

    I wonder if Elon (Tesla) would like to know what additional "ass" to kick with a CT. Beyond some playing in the mud capability I would like to see lower price, higher assembly quality and reliability as a design priority. otherwise a SS exoskeleton with wheels?...
  14. How many are buying CT that DONT actually NEED a truck?

    I too see it as a retirement vehicle for a myriad of reasons. Unfortunately, production towards the end of 2021 is iffy but there is hope that they will be able to exceed traditional (historic) production goals in the following years.
  15. Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel look?

    I have specified liquid salt bath nitriding for a cam. Took 17-4 H1150 SS from Rockwell C30 to C60 (hardness). it is not the prettiest black but made the cam much better. They use a similar process on Glocks.
  16. Wired Magazine: Cybertruck Could be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

    good article. Recycling and managing waste (garbage) is probably the greatest issue nobody wants to discuss. While big capital goods manufacturers can have slick plans we all need to figure out how every consume item finds it way back to reuse using the least amount of energy and avoiding...
  17. How will the CT Robotaxis charge themselves?

    Can't they just hire a teenager for minimum wage to plug/unplug robotaxis. With Ai they may even be able to interact with the teenager and give him/her dating advice,
  18. Solar DC input for charging Cybertruck from trailer panels

    An 8.5 x 20' trailer has about 15.8 meters^2 on its roof. by using well designed fold out brackets and a fanfold design you could make solar awnings on both sides of the trailer that extend some multiple of a solar panel width. (The dimensions of an average 400 Watt solar panel are about 79” X...
  19. Rear passthrough possible

    Tambour. Another name for the roll up cover. The tambour appears to be pushed from somewhere under the window. I am guessing there are two sprockets that engage in holes at the very ends of each tambour slat. The bushings that accept the teeth of the sprockets could also be slightly proud of...
  20. Automatic tonneau bed cover retracting and deploying

    yes, it will need a safety stop if stuff or living things get in the way. Perhaps there is a pressure strip on the leading edge.