In a newly released video of what appears to be the Tesla Cybertruck on the Fremont, California test track, the long-anticipated EV has some new features, including different mirrors, front lights and a long vertical windshield wiper.
A view of the Cybertruck was captured via drone and posted to YouTube by user ChileAI100 Friday. While this isn't the final version of the truck, as CEO Elon Musk clarified on Twitter, this is the latest design and the first time the public has witnessed the new features.
The futuristic truck gained side mirrors, as well as a long windshield wiper not seen in the original design. It also swapped out the long single front headlight for two headlights.
Musk has also talked about the design, saying the dimensions would be tweaked but that the revisions would be less than 3%. And patents indicate Tesla may have considered solar panel installation on the Cybertruck’s tonneau.
Announced in 2019, the Cybertruck will be manufactured at the company’s headquarters in southeast Travis County. But production has hit some delays. In a tweet last week, Musk said that it would be rolled out to external beta if significant issues weren’t found during the internal release.
In conversation with the Wall Street Journal on Monday, he said that Tesla is aiming for full volume production of the truck in 2023. Since then, wording on the Cybertruck ordering page changed to remove the indication that it would be produced in 2022. Reservation holders, the page says, can complete their orders “as production nears.”
Previous test track spottings include the Model S Plaid, which was seen on the track about five months ahead of deliveries. The Tesla Semi, which could see initial deliveries soon, was also on the track earlier this year.
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Austin Nicholson was ahead of the curve when he got his vasectomy in September 2021, saving himself a long line as Austin-area doctors say the demand for sterilization has seen a “significant” spike since Roe v. Wade was overturned on Friday.
Nicholson, 25, said he would prefer to adopt children, had felt the Supreme Court decision coming for a while, and, wary of the consequences, he decided to pull the trigger and make an appointment.
“A big part of it was the political climate. We could both potentially face consequences and she would definitely face more consequences, which I also personally would not want,” Nicholson said. “I didn't want to be stuck in Texas and have a potential abortion on the mind when it's illegal.”
According to vasectomy specialist Dr. Luke Machen of Austin Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, the clinic received over 150 vasectomy appointment requests combined on Friday and Monday following the ruling. Typically, the clinic performs 45-50 vasectomies per month.
The Austin Urology Institute reported that they received about 70 calls in the first hour after the ruling was released. OBYN at Women’s Health Domain reported receiving over 100 requests from women interested in getting their tubes tied.
“I would say a significant number of patients who scheduled recently have mentioned the Supreme Court case,” Machen said. “A lot of guys have said they were thinking about having a vasectomy over the last year or so, and the ruling was the final push to get it done.”
The average patient at Austin Fertility who receives a vasectomy is about 37, though Machen said he has started to see an increased number of patients with zero children choosing to get a vasectomy. While they put together a study, Machen expects demand for the procedure to plateau but stay higher than before the ruling.
Machen said vasectomy is the most effective form of permanent birth control, requires only about a week of recovery time, is reversible with success rates of up to 95% and has no effects on sexual function or testosterone.
Nicholson said the procedure was less than $700, he was never in any pain, had very little recovery time and has never regretted the decision—in fact, he has happily recommended the procedure to friends.
“It helps me feel better knowing that I won't put a woman in that situation where she'd have to be faced with a potentially life-altering decision, or consequence even,” Nicholson said. “I actually have had three of my friends ask me questions about it and tell me that they were considering it.”
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