Tesla owner Elon Musk has added a stylish new charging pad to the company’s long list of quirky products.
The $300 ‘Wireless Charging Platform’, now available to order on Tesla’s website, can charge three devices simultaneously.
Its angular design has been inspired by Cybertruck, Tesla’s futuristic electric pick-up truck, which is yet to enter production.
Although Tesla is known for selling cars, the firm has already branched out with other bizarre products such as surfboards, whistles and shorts.
Elon Musk’s Tesla has revealed a stylish $300 charging mat that lets users charge three device at once
Wireless Charging Platform
– $300 (£248)
– USB-C cable integrated with wireless charger
– 65W USB-C power adapter
– Magnetic detachable stand
Tesla says Wireless Charging Platform will start shipping in February 2023, although orders can already be placed on the firm’s website.
‘Inspired by the angular design and metallic styling of Cybertruck, our wireless charging platform provides 15W of fast charging power per device for up to three devices simultaneously,’ Tesla says.
‘Its sleek design is composed of an aluminum housing, premium alcantara surface and a detachable magnetic stand that allows you to lay the charger flat or at an angle for better viewing.’
Wireless Charging Platform sounds similar to AirPower, an unreleased wireless charging mat developed by Apple.
It was designed to charge up to three Apple devices simultaneously – such as an iPhone, AirPods and an Apple Watch – but Apple cancelled work on the product in 2019 and it was never released.
Wireless Charging Platform has a detachable magnetic stand that lets users lay the charger flat or at an angle for better viewing
Although Tesla is known for selling cars, the firm has branched out with other bizarre products such as surfboards, whistles and shorts. The so-called ‘Cyberwhistle’ can be seen alongside Wireless Charging Platform in this Tesla promo image
Apple officially pulled the plug on the AirPower charging mat (pictured) in 2019 after it concluded it wouldn’t meet its ‘high standards’
Quirky Tesla tech
– $300 charging pad (2022)
– $50 Cyberwhistle (2021)
– $69 short shorts (2020)
– $1,500 carbon-fibre surfboard (2018)
Another previously-released Tesla product, a small limited edition whistle priced at $50, was also inspired by the Cybertruck.
Cyberwhistle is a premium collectible made from medical-grade stainless steel with a polished finish,’ the product description on Tesla’s website reads.
Tesla began selling the whistle a year ago, although it sold out within hours, leading to units popping up on eBay.
Tesla’s Cybertruck, which looks like an armoured vehicle with a futuristic angular body in gunmetal grey, was announced in November 2019.
It was set to go into production in 2021, but this was pushed back to 2022, and yet again to next year.
Musk has previously blamed battery supply issues for the delay, saying that each Cybertruck would ‘literally cost a million dollars a piece or more’ if Tesla had started producing the futuristic vehicle in 2021.
Tesla’s Cybertruck, which looks like an armoured vehicle with a futuristic angular body in gunmetal grey, was announced in November 2019 but is yet to go on sale
Elon Musk (pictured) is CEO of Tesla and also owns a number of other technology companies, including Twitter. He’s pictured here at the ‘Cyber Rodeo’ grand opening celebration for the new $1.1 billion Tesla Giga Texas manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, April 7, 2022
The truck, which Musk said will cost $39,900 (£31,000) and up, will have an estimated battery range of up to 500 miles and capabilities on water as well as land.
Tesla boasts that the car’s nearly impenetrable monochrome exoskeleton provides passengers maximum protection, together with ultra-strong glass that absorbs and redirects impact force.
Despite this, Elon Musk was left embarrassed during the car’s live demonstration in 2019 when the Cybertruck glass was smashed.
A more recent prototype of the truck, shown off during the Cyber Rodeo event in Texas in April, doesn’t have handles on the doors.
Musk said ‘the car can tell that you’re there and it just knows that it needs to open’.
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Among the other physical products in development at Tesla are a six-foot-tall humanoid robot called Optimus and the second-generation Roadster, a swanky sports car with ‘record-setting acceleration’.
Tesla also finally started to ship Semi, its 20-foot-long delivery truck, to customers earlier this month.
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After months of anticipation, Elon Musk finally took the wraps off Tesla’s first AI humanoid robot, ‘Optimus’ on September 30.
Optimus, which was first announced in August last year, received a frenzied reception at the firm’s AI Day event in California.
The bot was filmed emerging from behind a wall with two robotic hands in a heart shape, before taking a few tentative steps to wild applause.
Musk said Tesla is planning to sell the bot for ‘probably less than $20,000′ (£17,700) in three to five years’ – meaning another long wait for Tesla fans to get their hands on the firm’s most anticipated technology.
Following its unveiling, MailOnline has taken a look at the Tesla products that have been announced but are still yet to be released – including Cybertruck, Robotaxi and the second-generation Roadster.