Tesla is currently in the final stages of starting Cybertruck volume production. The EV maker has deployed several release candidate Cybertrucks across the US and in New Zealand for final testing.
According to publicly available information, Tesla has already achieved a production rate of 5 to 10 Cybertrucks a day. The EV maker has been shipping a couple of hundred or so of the Cybertrucks that it has produced so far to Tesla stores across the country.
Insider leaks suggest that Tesla is preparing for a first-of-its-kind delivery event where the EV maker delivers several Cybertruck from multiple locations at once.
During the ongoing testing phase just a couple of days ago, we also spotted two release candidate Cybertrucks with interesting features. The trucks not only had a spray painted graffiti paint job but, the prototypes were also fitted with Starlink satellite internet receivers hinting at a potential SpaceX package for the Cybertruck.
All these tidbits have been increasing the already overwhelming hype for the Cybertruck, however, today we have news that suggests Tesla has reached the final stages of testing before starting Cybertruck volume production.
And this news comes thanks to a new drone flyover of Tesla’s Texas gigafactory by Joe Tegtmeyer. Joe has been flying drones over Giga Texas since the beginning of the plant's construction and during his latest flight, Joe spotted a new pile of what appears to be around 400 Cybertruck giga castings.
Big News at Giga Texas on this 6 Oct 2023! If you are a short term analysts looking to fill a spreadsheet, or someone looking for a flashy new Cybertruck on the outbound lot, you just won't understand the milestone these images represent. Hint, we have never seen this many… pic.twitter.com/rvOCaLP8fR
— Joe Tegtmeyer 🚀 🤠😎 (@JoeTegtmeyer) October 6, 2023
As you can see from the picture above, there is a lot full of these Cybertruck parts. From this eagle-eye perspective, it’s not clear whether these are front or rear giga castings but, whatever the case, there is no doubt these are Cybertruck parts.
The fact that there are hundreds of Cybertruck giga castings when Tesla is only currently building 5 to 10 Cybertrucks per day is certainly interesting. What’s most likely going on here is that Tesla is testing the full capacity of each Cybertruck production subsystem one by one.
For example, how this works is that Tesla runs the Giga Presses at full capacity for a few hours then Tesla will do the same with battery production, powertrain production, the body shop, the paint shop, and so on.
This allows Tesla to catch any issues with the parts of the production line before volume production begins. This approach allows Tesla to address any issues that arise during testing one by one without having to disrupt the entire production line.
It’s impossible to say just from the drone flyovers however, the sheer number of Cybertruck giga castings spotted suggests that at least the Cybertruck’s 9000-ton Giga presses are performing as expected.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve regarding the Cybertruck ramp however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more about Tesla’s progress. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see Several hundred Cybertruck giga castings? What do you think this means for Cybertruck volume production? 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.