Last week, a Cybertruck prototype sighting with subpar build quality has once again reignited concerns about Tesla’s build quality. The Cybertruck prototype had multiple uneven panel gaps, the tailgate did not align with the body, the doors did not close properly, and the hood had an opening that might let water in.
These flaws were seen in a stealth matte black Cybertruck that Tesla’s Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen was driving.
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The matte black wrap made the Cybertruck appear cool beyond words. The vehicle looked so good, it left the internet foaming at the mouth with awe.
This was a great marketing move by Tesla, however, a close inspection of the vehicle’s build quality has undercut some of the positive coverage. Most of the coverage of the matte black Cybertruck, which was overwhelmingly positive at the beginning soon turned into a discussion of Tesla’s manufacturing issues.
Edmunds even made fun of Elon Musk’s prior email he sent to Tesla employees instructing his workers to increase Cybertruck tolerances to sub-10 micron levels. Musk made this call to Tesla employees after reviewing a Cybertruck prototype with uneven panel gaps.
Musk’s email read…
Due to the nature of Cybertruck, which is made of bright metal with mostly straight edges, any dimensional variation shows up like a sore thumb.
All parts for this vehicle, whether internal or from suppliers, need to be designed and built to sub 10 micron accuracy.
That means all part dimensions need to be to the third decimal place in millimeters and tolerances need to be specified in single-digit microns. If LEGO and soda cans, which are very low cost, can do this, so can we.
Precision predicates perfectionism.
Edmunds in response, after witnessing the matte black Cybertruck with its multiple fit and finish issues, simply shared a video of the vehicle’s flaws and titled it “sub 10 micron accuracy?”
This was an obvious dig at Musk, however, a few days later, Tesla has responded to the critics by bringing a new Cybertruck prototype with impeccable build quality to the Annual Baron Investment Conference.
The display Cybertruck had none of the issues of the previous Cybertruck prototype. As you can see from the 8K Cybertruck walk-around video below every panel, hinge, and gate fits perfectly. The Cybertruck actually has such a consistent build throughout the vehicle that it seems as though the truck was carved out of a single piece of metal.
This shows that Tesla is at least is able to produce a Cybertruck at this extreme level of precision. If Tesla can consistently crank out Cybertrucks at this quality it would not just improve the EV maker’s bad name when it comes to quality but will likely make Tesla vehicles the highest quality of fit and finish products.
This on its own is exciting, however, as the icing on the cake, the Cybertruck with the impeccable build quality also appears to be a white interior prototype.
Tesla has not officially announced the white interior of Cybertruck however, we’ve seen the vehicle in a couple of instances and the contrasting black and white interior with the shiny stainless steel exterior is simply breathtaking.
Since Tesla has highly tinted this Cybertruck, it’s difficult to appreciate the white interior in its full glory, however, if you’re interested, you can see the Cybertruck’s white interior as BBC Top Gear was filming a detailed Cybertruck review that will be released during the unveiling.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve regarding Tesla’s improved Cybertruck quality. However, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as Tesla starts delivering the Cybertruck to customers.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Are you happy to see Tesla improving Cybertruck quality to such a high degree? Do you think the EV maker will be able to consistently crank out Cybertrucks at this level of fit and finish? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.