The Cybertruck is Tesla’s most daring vehicle design to date. The futuristic truck, unlike most vehicles, has an exoskeleton body and will be made out of 90% recycled stainless steel.
Despite the already groundbreaking design of the Cybertruck shown off at the unveiling event back in 2019, the vehicle in the meantime has still seen several notable design changes.
Musk has also confirmed there will be a new quad-motor Cybertruck variant. Even though Elon hasn’t shared details of the new truck, insider leaks have suggested it will have 0 to 60 mph time of under 2 seconds.
Recently we also got a sneak peek at the new interior of the redesigned Cybertruck. This new interior has some notable changes such as the white rectangular marble-looking dashboard of the Cybertruck prototype is now replaced with a more traditional triangular shape and black material resembling the dashboard of the refreshed Model S & X.
And like the new Model S & X, the redesigned Cybertruck interior now also comes with a second screen behind the steering wheel. And other changes we were able to notice include an attachment for side view screens, a less angular seat design, and a new center console.
And if all these changes weren’t enough, recently Elon Musk has teased us with a picture of a Cybertruck design with 6 wheels and a much wider body.
Every design improvement has made the Cybertruck an even more compelling vehicle than it already is, however, the futuristic truck has also seen several delays.
Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck back in November 2019. Since then the vehicle has amassed over 1 million reservations with some estimates pushing the reservation number as high as 3 million.
Demand for Tesla’s futuristic truck is through the rough. However, Tesla has delayed Cybertruck production until late 2023 with volume production not starting until 2024.
Elon Musk has also recently revealed the Cybertruck is sold out until 2027. This has been disappointing for those of us who can’t wait to see the futuristic truck out on the roads.
However, in the last few months, there has also been some good news regarding Cybertruck’s production. Musk has confirmed a new 9000-ton Giga Press being built by a Tesla supplier will be used to build the Cybertruck’s body.
And Tesla’s Giga Press supplier, IDRA not only has finished building and testing the first 9000-ton Giga Press meant to build the Cybertruck, but the 9000-t Giga Press has also been shipped to the US and the machine is currently undergoing reassembly at Tesla’s Texas gigafactory.
Tesla has also built several pre-production Cybertruck prototypes which have been spotted driving around Tesla’s design studio in California.
This is all good and has made us hopeful that Tesla might start Cybertruck production earlier than expected and that the vehicle will become a hit in no time. However, today Elon Musk has tempered expectations for Cybertruck sales.
In response to a tweet by Whole Mars Catalog, who wrote “I can’t wait to see people’s stunned reactions as Cybertruck climbs the sales charts,” Musk responded by saying “ramping production (as always) will be the challenge, not demand.”
Ramping production (as always) will be the challenge, not demand— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 24, 2023
Given Tesla has already officially postponed Cybertruck production until 2024, Musk’s comment tempering sales figures is interesting. What’s likely going on here is simply a reiteration of this fact, however, if Musk’s comments mean there will be even more delays, will be sure to keep you posted.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Disappointed by Elon Musk tempering Cybertruck's expectations? Also, how long do you think it will be until we see the futuristic truck out on the roads? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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