Edmunds updates Tesla Cybertruck range report after corrections from EV community


Automotive resource company Edmunds has updated its article on the Tesla Cybertruck’s range. The correction came amidst reactions from EV community members on X, several of whom explained that the motoring media outlet had mistakenly cited the wrong range for the tires that were used in the Cybertruck test. 

Edmunds’ initial article on the Tesla Cybertruck’s range indicated that the all-electric pickup truck fell short of its 340-mile range estimate. The media company did note in its initial article that all Teslas it has tested to date had the same issue, but the Cybertruck performed the best, showing a real-world range of 334 miles versus its estimated range of 340 miles.  

“No Tesla has ever met its EPA-estimated range in our real-world testing, and now the Cybertruck falls short of Tesla’s own 340-mile estimate –– just,” the publication wrote in a post on X. 

The publication’s article quickly incited corrections from electric vehicle enthusiasts, many of whom pointed out that the Cybertruck’s 340-mile range is listed for the vehicle’s All Season tires, which would be available for purchase in 2024. Cybertrucks today are delivered with all-terrain tires, which are estimated for 318 miles of range. With this in mind, the Cybertruck actually exceeded its range estimate in Edmunds’ test. 

Corrections to the publication’s Cybertruck range article were eventually posted as a Community Note on the automotive resource company’s post. Amidst the reaction from the EV community, it did not take long before Edmunds opted to update its original article to reflect the fact that the Cybertruck actually exceeded its range estimates. 

“The Cybertruck tested was the Foundation Series on all-terrain tires, which is rated by Tesla as having 318-mile range. Our original article was based on the publicly-available range of 340 miles. The CT therefore actually exceeded its est. We have amended the original article,” Edmunds wrote in a follow-up post on X. 

While mistakes do happen when reporting about vehicles like the Cybertruck, Edmunds deserves some appreciation for quickly updating its original report and publishing a follow-up that corrects its inaccurate social media post. Unfortunately for Tesla and its media coverage, this is not always the case. This was highlighted recently in the story of a Model 3 crash that was claimed to have happened with FSD engaged. Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted that the vehicle in question did not have FSD downloaded, but reports alleging that FSD was active at the time of the crash persisted nonetheless. 

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Tesla shares more footage of Optimus walking improvements


Tesla has shared its latest clip of the Optimus humanoid robot, once again showing off how smoothly the bot is able to walk around.

On Saturday, Tesla’s Optimus account on X shared footage of the humanoid robot walking around one of its testing facilities, featuring the caption “Getting my daily steps in.” The robot appears to be a newer, or at least more complete, build than a similar video shared a few weeks ago, depicting the robot as it smoothly strides around the area.

The post comes just a few weeks after CEO Elon Musk shared another video of a second-generation Optimus prototype walking, showing a more stripped-back version of the technology than the current one as it similarly paced around the facility. It also comes after Tesla opened up 61 Optimus jobs earlier this month, featuring listings for manufacturing and testing engineers, along with a wide range of other related roles.

Tesla unveiled its Optimus project in August 2021, and Musk last month said that the company could begin shipping the Optimus robots as soon as next year. The robot is being designed to help eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks for humans, and Musk has also said that the first production versions of the technology will work in Tesla’s factories.

The Optimus program has come a long way since it was unveiled, with recent updates from Tesla showing that prototypes of the robots can already fold laundry, balance well, move their necks, arms and legs, and handle tasks that require fine motor skills and discernment, like sorting blocks into matching categories.

In December, Musk also said he expects Optimus to be able to thread a needle within the next year, and original claims about the humanoid robot’s cost say it could be under $20,000 once Tesla begins selling the units.

Tesla updates Optimus Bot production figures and why they might be lower than expected

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Tesla will use Over-the-Air Update to remedy 8700 cars with rear camera bug


Tesla will use an Over-the-Air software update to remedy an issue with the rear camera in 8,700 EVs in China.

Tesla will fix 1,071 Model S and Model X and 7,529 Model 3 vehicles in what is being described as a “recall,” according to federal regulators in China.

According to some reports regarding the issue with the rear camera, there are some vehicles that have unstable integrated circuit communications, which can be fixed through software.

However, when the camera issue is present, drivers can have a limited field of vision when the car is in reverse, and it can increase the risk of an accident or pose a safety hazard, which was the reason for the recall initiation.

Recall Terminology

There has been a lot of conversation regarding recall terminology over the past few years, especially as Tesla’s ability to fix vehicle issues through over-the-air updates has become more popular.

Owners feel that the term recall is not necessarily accurate due to the fact that a majority of these issues are fixed without the owner even knowing it. While they are made aware of the bug or issue with their car, the vehicle automatically downloads and applies the fix without owners having to do anything manually.

CEO Elon Musk has said that he believes it is also time for new terminology, calling it “outdated and inaccurate.”

However, agencies are sticking with the term recall because of its definition, which technically is correct when pertaining to vehicle issues that could affect safety.

Tesla fans call for recall terminology update, but the NHTSA isn’t convinced it’s needed

The NHTSA told Teslarati in a statement earlier this month that a recall is an acknowledgment of a safety defect in a vehicle. Even if it is fixed with software, it is still a recall because it is a fix to a safety issue.

“Defects that pose an unreasonable risk to safety are serious and should be remedied as soon as possible,” the agency added. “The Vehicle Safety Act requires manufacturers to issue recalls to remedy safety defects. Whether a remedy can be completed at a local dealership or through an over-the-air software update makes no difference to the safety risk posed by a defect.”

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