Tesla’s 2023 in review: NACS adoption, Cybertruck launch and more

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Another busy year is coming to an end, closing yet another chapter in Tesla’s journey to advance sustainability. As we prepare for what’s expected to be an eventful 2024, it’s also worth looking back on Tesla’s year in 2023 to highlight some of the company’s many major developments.

Some of Tesla’s important accomplishments in 2023 included the launch of the highly anticipated Cybertruck and the redesigned Model 3 “Highland,” as well as the widespread adoption of the automaker’s charging hardware across the North American auto industry.

Other important developments not highlighted in the list below included Tesla’s industry-rocking price cuts early in the year, and the company’s increasing production of giant Megapack batteries.

The year was a little quiet in Solar and Powerwall deployment and Semi production, though what Tesla lacked in these areas, the company arguably made up for with several other crucial developments.

Below you can see a list of some of Tesla’s most notable stories in 2023.

Tesla announced Gigafactory Mexico

At its Investor Day event earlier this year, Tesla officially announced plans to build a new Gigafactory in Mexico to help build its next-generation EV platform. Set to be constructed in the state of Nuevo León, Tesla recently gained federal land use permits, allowing it to begin construction on the site.

Tesla detailed its Master Plan part three

In April, Tesla shared its Master Plan part three, detailing the company’s proposal for a path to reaching a sustainable global energy economy. The plan followed the Tesla Master Plan parts one and two, which were shared by the company in 2006 and 2016, respectively.

Ford adopted North American Charging Standard (NACS), others followed

In a Spaces call on X in May, Ford CEO Jim Farley spoke with Elon Musk and officially announced the legacy automaker’s plans to adopt Tesla’s charging hardware, dubbed the North American Charging Standard (NACS). The news meant that Ford EVs would someday gain access to the Supercharger network, marking the first step in Tesla’s plans to open the charging network to all EVs.

Since then, every startup and major automaker has followed suit, with the exception of Chrysler-Dodge parent company, Stellantis.

Tesla began producing Dojo supercomputer

Tesla began production of the Dojo supercomputer in July, after the project was originally unveiled during AI day in 2021. The supercomputing cluster is expected to be able to process large streams of data to perform advanced AI and machine learning computations, and it’s projected to become one of the top supercomputers worldwide in the coming months, offering applications from the Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta and beyond.

Elon Musk live streamed FSD beta v12, later rolling early versions out to employees

Speaking of the FSD beta, Musk in August shared a live stream of the then-upcoming FSD version 12, which the CEO has touted as an important key to unlocking full autonomous driving. More recently, Musk confirmed that the FSD beta v12 was starting to roll out to employees, and it has been confirmed to be hitting over 15,000 employee-owned vehicles ahead of a wider release to the public.

Tesla’s FSD beta program also reached 500 million cumulative miles driven in October, representing a massive amount of real-time data for the automaker’s AI to learn from.

Tesla launched the redesigned Model 3 “Highland”

After several months of speculation that Tesla would be releasing a redesigned version of its popular Model 3 sedan, the automaker held a premiere event in Norway in late August, officially launching the refreshed “Highland” design. Initial customer deliveries of the redesigned Model 3 have since been rolling out across much of Europe, Asia, and other markets like Australia and New Zealand.

While the Model 3 Highland isn’t yet available in North American markets, it’s widely expected to be launched in early 2024.

Continued developments to Tesla’s Optimus program

While there weren’t any breakout news stories or an official release for Tesla’s Optimus humanoid robot, the company did highlight its continued developments for the product. Tesla has been ramping up hiring for the Optimus team, featuring videos showing off how the robot can now sort objects autonomously, perform yoga poses, dance and more.

More recently, Musk predicted that Optimus will be able to thread a needle in just a year, and manufacturing expert Sandy Munro says he expects that the humanoid robot will begin being used in Tesla’s factories as soon as 2024.

Tesla launched BP Supercharger partnership

In the first deal of its kind, Tesla sold $100 million worth of Supercharging equipment to BP (formerly British Petroleum) in October, paving the way for future commercial deals that could result in a major revenue stream in the future — especially as Tesla’s NACS takes shape as the charging standard in the next few years.

Tesla launched Cybertruck with delivery event

Last but certainly not least, Tesla held the Cybertruck delivery event late last month, after initially unveiling the vehicle over four years ago in November 2019. Initial deliveries of Tesla’s “Foundation Series” launch edition Cybertrucks have been going out to employees throughout this month, and many reservation holders have been invited to place their own orders for the vehicle.


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Tesla’s 2023 in review: NACS adoption, Cybertruck launch and more
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