Cybertruck 2.0 concept showcases an elegantly curved design, color options, and a ‘frunk’

I wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla announced a Cybertruck 2.0 before even delivering the Cybertruck 1 (after all that’s sort of what they did with the Roadster)… however, this redesign comes from the mind of automotive designer Dejan Hristov, who’s probably waiting for his Cybertruck to deliver too.

The Cybertruck 2.0 concept focuses on getting right the few things that the first truck got arguably wrong. The first design was way too polarizing, and according to Musk himself, incredibly difficult to build at mass scale. Rather than focusing on a truck that’s tommy-gun bulletproof, the Cybertruck 2.0 adopts a less aggressively divisive design, opting for the use of gentle curves instead of sharp angles. Musk mentioned that the Cybertruck hoped to shatter the design monotony of the pickup category, and the Cybertruck 2.0 does that too with a pretty eye-catching design that has the potential for being iconic… but those mild curves definitely give the car a more ‘finished’ appearance rather than looking like something you find at the bottom of a box of cornflakes.

Designer: Dejan Hristov

The Cybertruck redesign has a remarkably improved silhouette while still retaining the cyber-ish design direction set by the original. For starters, it still has edge-lines that give the truck definition, along with LED-strip headlights and taillights. The metal used on the redesign is clearly not the same as the one found in the original Cybertruck, given its ability to be formed into 3D curves, and even be embossed (notice the Tesla logo on the front and the back?)

One could assume that either Tesla’s developed a way to bend their bulletproof space-grade metal sheets, or Musk just decided to cave and make the car out of a more manageable metal but provide a solid chassis that gives the car its brute strength. Aesthetically, this just seems like a better direction to go in given that your vision isn’t really clashing with current technologies.

The truck is accompanies by a redesigned Cyberquad that, like back in 2019, fits right in the truck’s bed. The quad’s design borrows from sports bikes with its tank-shaped form, and matches its companion truck with a similar paint job.

In true pickup fashion, the back of the truck has its storage bed that’s ideal for camping, tailgating, or storing a Cyberquad. It comes with its own shutter, just like the original, but look a little ahead and you’ll notice that the Cybertruck’s windscreen now extends all the way to the back, giving you a wonderful vertically panoramic view from inside the car. You won’t want to camp in the back with that view!

A major departure from the original Cybertruck is the presence of color options. Hristov visualized the new Cybertruck with colors to match the rest of Tesla’s lineup, carrying forward the same logic to the Cyberquad too. As interesting as the original Cybertruck was, its lack of color options was probably one of its most noticeable flaws. Musk believed in showcasing the truck’s cold-rolled stainless steel in its true rawness, leaving a lot to be desired in the CMF department. This redesign corrects that mistake with color options that allow the truck to stand out through a stunning color palette, not through that flat-planed design seen on the 1st gen Cybertruck.

In Hristov’s final reimagination of the Cybertruck, he gives it one last feature to blow everyone’s minds away – a frunk! A detail seen on every Tesla car before it, the frunk can now be accessed on the Cybertruck 2.0 concept by opening it like you would a drawer. The hood doesn’t pop upwards like conventional cars; instead, the grille unit on the front slides forward, giving you ample space for storing bags, backpacks, and brewskis. The truck also comes with a retractable spoiler at the back, and a panel on the front that lifts up to reveal the windshield wipers. The redesign also gets sleeker rear-view cameras that share footage to the dashboard, eschewing the archaic rear-view mirror.

As gorgeous as the Cybertruck 2.0 is, it’s probably just wishful thinking for now given how Musk has constantly backtracked on delivery dates for the truck announced in 2019. The Cybertruck is officially (for now) going to start delivery at the end of November, although Tesla hasn’t been clear on how many units will be delivered, or even what its final price is going to be (amid mass fear of a massive price surge). For now, the truck is actually making its way to Tesla showrooms across USA, so maybe that’s one good sign?

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DIYers Electric Mini Tesla employs Logitech webcams and machine learning to navigate semi-autonomously

Materializing the idea of safe, self-driving cars is not an easy feat unless you’re Elon Musk. However, if you want to try your hand at building one, starting small is the next big leap. That’s exactly what Austin Blake did by embarking on a challenging project to create an autonomous Mini Tesla.

Built on a Radio Flyer Tesla Model S electric toy car he calls the Teskart, the self-driving go-kart employs three Logitech C920 webcams – on the right, center and left – to feed the machine learning software. The model is trained to mirror the behavior demonstrated with 48,000 image training sets of the walking path it is tested on.

Designer: Austin Blake

Initially, this semi-autonomous Teskart had a lot of close moments when it went off the designated track with just one webcam at work. Then Austin decided to add two more webcams to the equation and fixed a bug. This resulted in the go-cart frame fitted with the Radio Flyer Tesla going around the makeshift track without wearing off.

For the steering input, Austin created a bolt-on frame, holding the steering servo motor salvaged from an electric wheelchair in place. If you are wondering what happened to the on-board high-speed motor capable of reaching speeds of up to 6 mph? Well, he replaced it with the new Motenergy ME0907 brushless electric motor that pushes the tiny car to speeds of 45mph at 48V power. He plans to increase that top speed even more with a 72V version soon.

The existing motor can churn out 80 continuous amps and a peak of 220 amps for one minute spinning the rear axle loaded on a chain and deriving power from the DIY battery pack made from 224 individual 18650 lithium-ion cells separated into 16 modules with their own battery management system.

That said we would refrain from calling this DIY a pure self-driving build, as only the steering angle is controlled by the system and the throttle control is still manual. Maybe the inventive DIYer intends to employ the data from the behavioral cloning to add another Arduino-controlled component to control the throttle input too. Maybe then it’ll be just to call it a self-driving mini Tesla in the true sense!

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McDonalds ‘Outshines’ Tesla with their Metal “CyberSpoon” for the McFlurry

Have you ever looked at the Cybertruck and thought “Hmmm… cutlery”? Apparently someone at McDonalds’ China Office did.

Limited to just 50,000 units, these spoons are only available in select McDonalds outlets across China. Created as a partnership between the golden arches company and Tesla’s China team, the Cyberspoon comes with its own storage tube that has “powered by Tesla” stamped on the end. Even Elon Musk dubbed it as a probable fake on X (formerly known as Twitter), only to realize it wasn’t a fan-made parody!

Designers: McDonalds & Tesla

The spoon comes stamped out of sheet metal, with the iconic geometric pattern popularized by the Cybertruck in 2019. The words “Don’t Panic” are etched onto the spoon’s stem, and the metallic piece of cutlery sports a brushed finish from top to bottom, quite like its inspiration.

This isn’t the first time Tesla’s Chinese operation has launched a weird Cyber-themed product. Earlier this year the automaker even announced a similarly angular cat nest made from cardboard. The spoon’s limited to a few thousand units, so getting your hands on them probably won’t be easy. Tesla’s Weibo account announced the Cyberspoon starting at just 30 yuan (around $4). If you’ve got more to spare, consider buying a Cyberwhistle instead…

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Tesla Shocks The Internet with A Cybertruck Cat Tray That Could Either Be A Bed Or Litter Box For Your Pet

As much as I love spending time with my own cats, I’m honestly running out of ways to keep them entertained and prevent them from knocking down an item or two in my home, out of sheer boredom. If you’re pretty much in the same precarious situation as me and are always looking for new ways to keep your pet cozy, comfortable, and happy then you may want to check out Tesla’s newest product…a Cybertruck cat tray! Nope, I’m not kidding, a $13 Tesla Cybertruck Corrugated Cat House is really available for sale on the Chinese version of the Tesla website!

Designer: Tesla

Measuring 56x41x25cm, the cat tray is inspired by the angular shape of the Tesla’s electric pickup truck, although to be quite honest there’s nothing really techy or cyber about the tray – it is a simple cardboard box. It is said to have a futuristic shape and is embedded with thick corrugated paper, allowing it to serve as a multifunctional space for your cat to move around and lounge about in.

Although there are a few disputes on the internet, since the URL of the product page states ‘cat house’, while the product description says ‘multi-functional cat nest’ when translated to English from Chinese. So, many people are assuming it’s a cat tray or bed, while some say it could be a litter box. But, multiple images on the Internet show, that most of the kitties out there prefer to use it as their personal little bed to cuddle up in.

The cat bed can support up to 15kgs, so it can accommodate cats of various breeds and sizes. It has been constructed from various layers of moisture-proof corrugated paper, making the bed resistant to moisture. You need to install the cat bed by yourself since it is DIY, and once the product has been folded and installed, it cannot be returned unless there is an issue with the quality. Whether your cat uses it for sleeping, scratching, or pooping, the Cat House does seem like a functional although quirky product from Tesla, and we wonder what was brewing in their heads when they came up with this one!

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Elon Musk adds “Beer Sommelier” to his list of accomplishments with Tesla GigaBier (It’s 100% real)

When Electric Dreams Fizzle, Brew Up a Pilsner

Elon Musk is a man of many talents. Manufacturing cars or effectively running a social media network isn’t one of them… but now being a beer connoisseur apparently is. After launching a limited run of Tesla Tequila back in 2020, the world’s richest man is hawking a US$98 three-pack of GigaBier in select European countries. The limited-edition Pilsner-style beer bottle takes its design cues from the much-hyped, yet still elusive, Cybertruck and sports a gloss-black finish and glow-in-the-dark labeling. The alcohol itself is brewed in Berlin with Tesla’s exclusive strain of “Cyberhops” (does Elon even pay his marketing team anymore) and is said to have “notes of citrus, bergamot, and sweet fruit” and an ABV of 5%.

The GigaBier, which definitely ISN’T a joke, comes in a pack of three, within a foam-lined black box that is undoubtedly going to give this alcohol collectible status. The three-pack retails for £79/€89 (or just under $100) and is available exclusively in Europe on Tesla’s GigaBier microsite. Strangely enough, as of writing this piece, the beer still hasn’t sold out so if you’re still waiting on the Cybertruck, just pull out your $100 pre-order deposit and buy the beer instead. At least you know this thing actually exists.

In a world where Elon Musk once captivated audiences with his grandiose visions of electric vehicles and space travel, it’s somewhat fitting that his latest venture is a beverage that invites us to drink our sorrows away. After all, instead of delivering on the Cybertruck and the Tesla Roadster, Musk has spent the last three years shifting his headquarters to Texas, selling Cyberwhistles, buying and bungling social networks, and banning people tracking his private jet. So, raise your glass and toast to the GigaBier, a testament to the fact that sometimes, when life gives you lemons, just cut up a few wedges and have them with beer.

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Tesla’s wireless charging pad wants to achieve what Apple couldn’t

Name a product that Tesla never thought of making, and out of the blue there it is. That’s the case with this new creation by the Elon Musk-owned company, never willing to show the white flag.

After the shenanigans of Apple’s scrapped AirPower charging mat back in 2017, and a few knock-offs in the local markets, Tesla has decided to offer one of its own.

Designer: Tesla

The wireless charging pad is good enough to charge three devices at once in any orientation. Called the Wireless Charging Platform, this accessory is “inspired by the angular design and metallic styling of Cybertruck.” According to the product description, the mat juices only Qi-enabled devices like iPhone, AiPods, and other Android devices. However, Apple Watch or other smartwatches won’t be charged with the pad.

The three devices can be charged simultaneously at 15 watts on the mat. Now, that is much slower than the 45W charging speed that some Android flagships like Galaxy S22 Plus/Ultra support, but I’m not complaining. Would you be able to cram in 3 big devices at a time is a question you need to ask before even thinking of owning one.

The Aira FreePower technology beneath the gadget has a couple dozen charging coils and requires only a single 65W cable to work. Tesla says in the product listing that the device comprises aluminum housing, a detachable magnetic stand and is draped in premium Alacantra surface. The Wireless Charging Platform comes at a price tag of $300 which is certainly not cheap. If your requirements perfectly align with the given set of features, you’ll not be wasting a penny that’s for sure.

Even though there’s the Nomad Base Station Pro that offers similar tech and features, the biggest downside is its slow charging speed. Certainly not, if you have a high-end phone with lighting-fast wireless charging capability.

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This Tesla Cyberbike concept was designed entirely by Artificial Intelligence

Tesla Cyberbike

While the Cybertruck is still a conceptual vehicle, we thought we’d up the stakes and imagine what a Tesla Cyberbike would look like!

Looking sort of like the Tesla Cyberquad’s meaner older sibling, the Cyberbike comes with the same edgy, angular metal fairing that houses Tesla’s game-changing electric powertrain underneath. However, this isn’t an official Tesla concept, heck it isn’t even a fan-made one. These conceptual images (there are a bunch of them below) were designed primarily using Midjourney’s Text-to-Image AI. I simply described the Tesla Cyberbike to the AI bot and was greeted by some rather phenomenal-looking images of an edgy, low-poly e-bike with a broad, aggressive body made primarily of sheet metal. The AI experimented with other aspects of the e-bike too – no two headlights look the same, and some of the tires seem rather angular as well, but the results make two things abundantly clear… that A. Artificial Intelligence is an incredibly powerful creative tool, and B. Someone should really build these out because they look absolutely BONKERS.

Designer: Midjourney (Prompts by Sarang Sheth)

Tesla Cyberbike

These images are courtesy Midjourney’s latest V4 upgrade, which now allows users to use images in their text prompts. I simply selected a few minimalist bike designs and told the AI to expand on it by creating an ‘electric motorcycle inspired by the Tesla Cybertruck’. For the most part, the AI did a pretty remarkable job of understanding how angular the Cybertruck’s design is and superimposing that on the ‘Cyberbike’, but the one thing the AI currently lacks is consistency. Each image is of a ‘new’ bike that doesn’t look quite like the other concept. If anything, this article is more of a moodboard for what a Tesla Cyberbike should look like. If Franz von Holzhausen (Tesla’s lead designer) is reading this, here you go! You’re welcome!

Tesla Cyberbike

The bike concepts have a few things in common, they’re all rather broad, with an imposing silhouette that makes them feel more like a superbike than your average e-bike. Those thicc-AF tires reinforce that idea too, although some concepts make the tires just as edgy and sharp as the Cyberbike’s fairing itself. Giving the AI a cyberpunk theme resulted in a few interesting variants with some beautiful headlights (all LED strips) and some concepts like the one below even put lights in the tires, making the e-bike look like something out of Tron.

Tesla Cyberbike

Tesla Cyberbike

The AI obviously doesn’t grasp technicalities, which is why a lot of the concepts may not seem entirely feasible but are more of a general visual direction. Some concepts forget to render footrests, some of them play rather loosely with internal components – almost none of the concepts have an exhaust pipe, but there are a few that look like they’ve got a fuel-powered engine. I like that they’ve all skipped the rear view mirrors too, almost like an internal joke about how the Cybertruck didn’t have rear view mirrors during its debut! There are no cracked glass panels on these concepts, thankfully.

Tesla Cyberbike

Tesla Cyberbike

This Tesla Cyberbike exploration eventually turned into a headlamp exploration, with the AI going all in on new headlight styles. They’re all undoubtedly sporty, and LED-strip lighting seems to be a recurring theme, but unlike the Cybertruck that just has a single strip running from left to right, these concepts experiment with new shapes and a split-headlight design that gives the motorbike MUCH more character.

Tesla Cyberbike

The glowing shock absorbers are a nice touch, no?! The image below even goes as far as adding strips to the base and rear for a rather interesting overall aesthetic.

Tesla Cyberbike

Even with close-ups, the AI did a phenomenal job of rendering out the details of the Cyberbike’s headlight, the glass cover, and even cutouts for air intakes around it, and doing so while keeping things bilaterally symmetrical. Peep in further and you can see what looks like additional lights with reflectors and textured glass, but then again, these images are to be taken strictly at face value.

Tesla Cyberbike

My final experiments were to also design a dashboard for the motorcycle, and it seems like the AI preferred something more traditional and circular, although a massive touchscreen display seems to be more of a standard in Tesla cars. This dashboard is entirely digital too, although the numbers and letters are gibberish because the AI isn’t capable of generating meaningful text yet (it’s something Nvidia seems to have cracked with their latest AI tool eDiff-I, although that isn’t open for public use yet).

Earlier this year we also covered what an AI-designed Apple Car would look like, created by another AI art bot by the name of DALL·E 2. AI art is definitely making waves this year, and while a lot of talented artists (rightfully so) are afraid this may be the end of human-made art, the tool should also be viewed for what it is, and incredible ideation software that designers and artists can use to create rapid concepts that take mere minutes instead of hours or days.

Tesla Cyberbike

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These Tesla Sipping glasses uphold the company’s futuristic sci-fi vibe

Despite recent controversies involving Elon Musk and his acquisition of Twitter, his Tesla is still one of the most admired brands in the world. There are a lot of people who dream of owning one of their cars. Well if you can’t afford to get a car, maybe you can get one of their brand collectibles. We’ve seen limited edition backpacks, mugs, umbrellas, and a weird but interesting Cyberwhistle. They even have their own tequila brand in a weirdly-shaped bottle. If you need a sipping glass to go with that, you’ll now be able to get one.

Designer: Tesla

The Tesla sipping glass looks like something a character in a futuristic sci-fi movie would be using. It doesn’t look like your usual sipping glass as you can expect something from Tesla do be something different (weird is something that has been used as well). The glasses themselves have angular contours, mostly triangular in shape. They are engraved with the Tesla logo. The two glasses are then housed in a matching metal stand that also has the Tesla logo engraved.

The sipping glass set is priced at $75 and is now available to purchase on the Tesla website. It will be shipped after two weeks once you place your order so it can make it to your Christmas party if you want to show off a Tesla product without bringing them to your garage. There are probably more expensive (and a lot more cheaper) sipping glasses out there so the price tag is relatively “affordable” at least for branded ones, this brand in particular.

As a clumsy person, I’m not sure the shape of the sipping glass will prevent me from spilling my drink or dropping and shattering it. So this may not be something I’ll be getting. This will most likely appeal to fans of the Tesla brand which is what their other lifestyle products are meant to appeal to. We don’t know what percentage of those who purchase products like this are actually owners of Tesla products and which are just aspiring owners.

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2022 Tesla Model Y Review


  • Long range of 330 miles and quick ‘Supercharger’ network

  • Blinding acceleration

  • High levels of in-car tech


  • Steering could generate more feedback

  • Firm ride for SUV

  • Nearly all operations must be done through the touchscreen




The Y’s steering is light and while it could have weightier feel, it is still quick to respond to inputs, giving you a sense of control and connection through corners.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk transformed the automotive landscape when he launched the fully electric Model S a decade ago. Its combination of cool styling, blistering performance, industry-leading range and a game-changing quick-charge network resonated with customers who were ready to fork over sums clearing $100,000. In quick succession, he added the Model X, Model 3 and, most recently, the Model Y, and has dangled soon-to-be-launched models including the Cybertruck, the Semi and even a new roadster in front of an ever-growing Tesla audience.

In this review, we will examine the ‘Model Y Long Range,’ (in contrast to the super-quick ‘Performance’) the brand’s latest mainstream marque to see what it has to offer. Boasting an EPA-rated 330 miles of range, a new SUV body style, rocket-like performance and user-friendly onboard tech, the Model Y will appeal to motorists catering to family needs, but who also want some Tesla street cred. The Y, however, is not the perfect EV for everyone and has a few aspects that may lead potential buyers to rethink their choice. Let’s move right into the review.

Model Y shares 75% of its parts with the Model 3

Employing the same platform as the Model 3, the Y shares around 75% of its components with the 3, which includes a familiar-looking front end, an almost identical interior and the same powertrain. The Y however offers optional third-row seats for a seven-passenger capacity.

In North America, the Y debuted in March 2020, a time that coincided with the start of the pandemic. That forced the company to shutter factories and caused major disruption to parts supply chains. But the car’s SUV-style styling, range, dimensions, acceleration and pricing helped it clear those various hurdle, enabling it to sell 161,000 units in 2021. In fact, The Y is expected to outsell last year’s sales figures, and is on track to become one of the world’s best-selling cars.

CEO Elon Musk told a recent gathering of shareholders that the Model Y will be the world’s best-selling vehicle from a revenue perspective this year. In addition, Musk said that the Y will be the world’s number one vehicle in terms of overall sales volume in 2023. The Model Y’s sales success is even more significant when you consider how expensive it is. Never before has a $70,000 car sold roughly 150,000 units per quarter (Tesla only gives combined Model 3/Y sales figures, so precise Model Y sales are unknown).

Model Y finally arrives in Europe and Japanese showrooms

Strong demand at home and various parts supply issues helped delay the Y’s launch onto the international stage, with the car finally landing in Europe and Japan this year. When Tesla launched the Model Y a month ago at Japan’s first owner’s delivery event, it was comprehensively covered by the local media with many journalists shocked to hear that most buyers bought their Y online without having seen one or test driving one. With all of Japan’s Model Ys being sourced from the Gigafactory in China, Tesla Japan tells us that between 20 to 40 Model Ys are scheduled to be delivered to their new owners every day until the end of 2023. The fact that Tesla’s Supercharger network is expanding at a good pace in the home of Angle’s star Shohei Obtain helps sales too.

With prices starting from $65,990, the all-wheel-drive Model Y will go head-to-head with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi Q4 e-tron, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Mercedes Benz EQA, Nissan Ariya, BMW iX3, Volvo C40 Recharge and VW ID.4, even though most offer cheaper entry prices to their respective ranges than the Model Y.

The Y takes strong design hints from the 3

It goes without saying that the Model Y borrows heavily from the Model 3’s lines. Both use the same basic architecture, with the obvious differences being an increased ride height for the Model Y, along with a higher roof line, and black plastic trim around the door sills. While the Y’s nose section appears almost identical to the 3’s, the rest of the Y’s body looks like a 3 that’s been stretched upwards using photoshop. The Model Y’s slanted roof pinches its back window, impeding visibility. However, this problem plagues many new SUVs with the same popular half-SUV, half-coupe shape. Yes, it is functional but it’s no where near as pretty as the aging Model S’s exterior which boasted some of the industry’s best proportions over a decade ago.

For 2022, Tesla is making some small changes to the Model Y. These range from a new, lighter 12-volt lithium-ion battery (replacing the traditional lead-acid one) and laminated rear windows to better insulate the cabin from noise.

Spartan, minimalist interior is futuristic

Dashboards boasting massive central touchscreens and no gauges are a sign of the future. Following in the footsteps of the Model 3’s interior, the Model Y’s minimalist cockpit offers few surprises in the design department, with the huge 15-inch central touchscreen dominating the chic but spartan cabin. In fact, the only physical controls to be found are on the multi-function steering wheel and column stalks. Every adjustment that must be made to air-con, steering wheel tilt or telescopic functions, door mirror angles, and of course audio and satnav, must be made though the touchscreen. Luckily it has impressive graphics and quick response times. Switching to a Tesla from a standard gasoline powered or hybrid car is a big adjustment for drivers as even reading the Model Y’s speedometer, which hides in the top right corner of large touchscreen, can be challenging at first. Some drivers may find the steep learning curve too much to overcome.

The Y’s cockpit delivers high levels of comfort in some areas and disappoints in others. The seats are well padded and provide sufficient leg and back support, but the simulated leather upholstery does not breathe well and will retain heat in summer. As you’d expect from a clean dash with minimal switches, the climate control is touchscreen-operated and can be fiddly to quickly find, adding to frustration.

Why don’t all carmakers offer twin smartphone charging pads?

Like a new iPhone 14, drivers will need to take extra time to learn the ins and outs of the touchscreen. Speaking of smartphones, one feature we particularly liked was the Model Y’s twin charging pad located just under the touchscreen which lets passengers lay two phones on charging pads side by side. Why doesn’t everyone else do this? The Y’s air-con can cool and heat the cabin well, but it has to work hard if the sun is shining through the Y’s large glass roof. Like many EVs now, you can remotely switch on the air-con before you get in, which can save the day.

Fitted to the Y, Tesla’s Autopilot system uses a combination of cameras and sensors to scan your surroundings and channel data into advanced cruise control programs that can significantly lower driver fatigue levels. But during our test we felt that the standard adaptive cruise control worked well enough.

You can open your car with your smartphone. As long as you’re logged into your car with your smartphone app, the car will unlock and turn on when it detects your phone. If you don’t want to use your phone, you can opt for a separate smartcard that unlocks the car when you hold it up to the B-pillar.

The Driving Experience

Tesla established itself as a maker of blisteringly quick electric cars back in 2009 with the introduction of the Roadster model. It followed this up with the Model S in 2012, the unique ‘falcon wing’ door fitted Model X in 2015 and the Model 3 hatchback later in 2017, all offering supercar equivalent acceleration. We’ve all seen YouTube videos of Teslas trampling over Lamborghini Aventadors and Nissan GT-Rs to 60 mph and the quarter mile, so we don’t need to reiterate how quick any Tesla is.

As mentioned above, you get a choice of two specs; the Long Range or the Performance. If you opt for the former, you get a 75kWh lithium-ion battery, which the EPA rates at 330 miles for the Long Range Dual Motor specification. Upgrade to the ‘Performance’ spec and your range falls to a claimed 303 miles, but in return power leaps from 434-hp to a massive 563-hp. The EPA also estimates that the Long Range version is good for 131 MPGe in the city and 117 MPGe on the highway, while the Performance spec’s fuel numbers are 115 MPGe city and 106 MPGe highway.

In Performance guise, the Y is capable of jumping from zero to 60-mph in 3.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 155-mph. Even in Long Range spec, it is still able to post a pleasingly quick zero to 60-mph time of 4.8 seconds and a 135-mph top speed. Of course, the Model Y’s dual-motor/all-wheel-drive set-up helps get the power down when you need that quick bout of grunt, but, in everyday driving, it will settle nerves when roads are slippery.

The Model Y’s firm suspension delivers the liveliness and precision of a sports car, some would say ‘supercar,’ but not without the sacrifice. Sure, the Y is a very comfortable cruiser on smooth interstate of local roads, but once on rougher terrain the car’s overly firm set-up can become jittery, and you’ll notice some harsher crashes and bumps. Ride quality improves a smidgen on Model Y’s with 19-inch tires, but if you prefer a less jittery and more compliant ride, then perhaps you’d better look elsewhere for your EV.

While the ride is a little on the firm side, handling in the 4,416-lb Model Y is good and predictable. The steering is light and while it could have weightier feel, it is still quick to respond to inputs, giving you a sense of control and connection through corners. It does not, though, have the driver engagement of, say, a BMW iX3, but the Model Y is still a very capable handler.

Using regen braking with one pedal allows a complete stop

Veteran EV drivers will enjoy the adjustable regenerative braking which allows carefree one pedal driving. We were particularly impressed with the Y’s ability to drive and stop smoothly using just one pedal—the accelerator. Unlike many of its European or Japanese rivals, the Model Y will come to a complete stop when you lift off the throttle, and without touching the brake. In heavy traffic though, it does take some getting used to. While Tesla claims you can charge from 10% to 80% of battery capacity inside of 30 minutes, it also says that you can top up 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes at its ever-expanding Supercharger network. The Model Y should qualify for the U.S.’s new $7,500 tax rebate starting January 1, 2023 under the new Inflation Reduction Act. More details on that later.


There are basically two prices for the Model Y: $65,990 for the Long Range, and $69,990 for the Performance. Interestingly, options are few and far between. Unlike rivals which supply options for seats and trim, wheels, paintwork, audio system, and even interior illumination, the Model Y only offers options for body color, seats and wheels. Everything else comes as standard. While it does offer impressive tech on its huge display like Spotify and YouTube, it does however clearly lag behind the rest of the industry, though, in smartphone integration with no Apple or Android options.


When it comes to delivering a pleasing mix of roominess, range, tech, performance and quick charging for SUV, the Y stands heads and shoulders above the rest. Of the two versions, we prefer the Long Range (LR). It may lack the ballistic acceleration of the Performance but it is still quick enough. But of all the EVs on the market now, we’d have to rate the Model Y as one of the best, even at a starting price of $65,990.

However, in saying that, we cannot ignore the car’s quirks, such as an overly firm ride, challenging touchscreen operation and no Apple or Android access—which we feel may be deal breakers for some potential EV buyers. Our best advice would be to test drive one and see how it fits your lifestyle.

The first 3 recipients of the Tesla Model Y in Japan

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This Tesla bike concept has a peculiar x-factor with enough firepower to back it

The idea of futuristic bike designs can germinate from even the most unrelated roots, and we’ve seen quite a chunk of them. The majority of these motorbike concepts have a beefy muscular character which at times can get boring. And yes, all of them are draped in dark skins for that intimidating presence.

So, how about a Tesla concept bike design that hangs on to the futuristic theme without having a very recognizable, stale aesthetic?

Designer: 張 彥齊

Meet the Model-Z electric bike crafted for motorbike lovers who crave a unique lifestyle of commuting in cities without compromising on the riding experience. The ride is made to be light weighted for easy maneuvering in crowded cityscapes. The designer focuses on the signature visual element inspired by the likes of BMW who are known for the “Kidney Grille” design or Tesla’s iconic front look symbolic of speed and futuristic DNA.

The Tesla-branded bike gets hubless wheels and a contoured edgy design which highlights its futuristic character, and of course Tesla’s signature influence. The two-wheeler emphasizes the high riding position and balanced rider driving aesthetics. Just like we pressed on the dark looks of concept bikes, the Model-Z has a rare light-colored theme which is aptly refreshing. That curvy handlebar and the iRobots inspired from section absolutely hits a home run in terms of uniqueness. This alone could lure prospective bike lovers into the honey trap!

Power on the bike is delivered based on the mode selected just like you would find on any roadster these days. It can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h. A full charge of 2.5 hours ensures a 280 km range and for those busy days, one can extract a 75 km range with just 20 minutes of charging.

The side profile of the Model-Z is what we personally are drooling over – just look at this smooth operator in cool white and bronze-colored inserts.

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