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About the steering yoke in the Cybertruck, Franz von Holzhausen says:

“I think that the yoke makes a lot of sense, once you experience it, it’s a great driving experience once you combined with Autopilot it makes the whole kind of user experience and the interior cockpit simpler and cleaner and so yeah we’re looking at the yoke there too,” he said.

About the lack of door handles, Franz von Holzhausen says that Instead of having to cut a hole in the ultra-hard cold-rolled stainless-steel door panel, the doors will function the same as the Model X front doors where they will automatically present (pop open) when you approach truck. The rear doors may possibly self-open as well. As for manually opening the doors -- there will be physical buttons for this.

They also talked about how scratches will be removed from the truck's stainless steel finish.

There are also “pleasant surprises” coming that haven't yet been announced... ones that are the “right competitive things for the product.”


Podcast Video:



0:47 Podcast intro
3:02 Franz interview begins
3:29 Petersen Auto Museum’s Tesla exhibit
6:51 Was the Cybertruck inspired by the DeLorean?
8:39 Removing scratches from the Cybertruck’s stainless steel finish
10:54 Customizing the finish of a Cybertruck?
13:56 Cybertruck Easter egg
17:51 Did Franz expect the reactions to the Cybertruck’s design?
20:38 No other car company would greenlight something like the Cybertruck
22:06 Will there be a Cybercar?
22:58 Is the Cybertruck design done?
24:15 The Cybertruck’s doors
24:49 Yoke steering on the Cybertruck
25:23 Are there features on the Cybertruck we don’t know about yet?
26:39 What Franz thinks of the other EV pickup trucks
28:08 Next-gen Roadster status update
29:59 Constantly working on the Model S
31:14 How long was the Model S refresh in the works?
33:09 The new steering wheel option on the Model S and Model X
34:08 The recent design change to the back of the Model S and Model X
35:55 Cybertruck don’t need no stinking badges
36:19 Franz on the capacitive touch buttons on the yoke
37:22 New Model S’s much lower drag coefficient
39:30 How many times has the Model S been completely redesigned under the skin?
40:24 Franz on Tesla seats
41:38 How full autonomy changes Franz’s thought process
42:55 Vehicle paint colors
45:30 Will the stalks get deleted on the Model 3 and Model Y too?
46:26 Franz’s thoughts on the Model Y likely becoming the world’s best-selling passenger vehicle
48:25 Franz on Tesla vehicle safety
49:36 Franz’s relationship with the Berlin and Shanghai Design Studios
50:40 Shortening the time between design and production
52:09 How has Franz’s skillset grown in his time at Tesla?
53:29 If Franz could start the Model 3 over, what would he do?
54:40 Model 3 moving to the 4680 battery cells and structural battery pack?
55:32 What does Franz want his legacy to be?
56:49 What did Franz work on today?
58:15 Non-interview news: Tesla slashes vehicle prices across the board
1:12:37 Outro

 

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In this interview Franz says the final production Cybertruck design does have features that we don't know about yet!

mid-gate ????
 
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In this interview Franz says the final production Cybertruck design does have features that we don't know about yet!

mid-gate ????
Damn, that is exciting to hear. The possibilities are endless.
 


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In this interview Franz says the final production Cybertruck design does have features that we don't know about yet!

mid-gate ????
I would be most disappointed w/out this feature. I could care less about 4 wheel steering or drive by wire.
 

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Midgate, schmidgate. So sick or hearing about that. I don’t care.

Acutally, I do. I hope it doesn’t have one so that all you “midgate or nothing” people will cancel your orders, drop away and I move way up the line for my truck.
 

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I’d imagine they’ll still offer yoke or wheel option since they started offering the choice on X and S. I was going to go for the yoke anyways but I think offering the choice is the way to go.

And thank you @Administrator for adding all those time stamps. 👍
 


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does it have solar charge port?
No idea, he stayed pretty tight lipped about many things especially new stuff we may not have seen on any of the prototypes.
 

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I want FLIR. Sandy Munro's recommendation is good enough for me.
I always thought thermal would be great for level 5 FSD, maybe someday

still hopeing for charge while drive and solar plug in

 

 
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