The Cybertruck is unlike any mass-market vehicle before it. The truck is built out of an ultra-hard 30X cold rolled stainless steel exoskeleton. According to Elon Musk, the Cybertruck’s bulletproof/arrowproof stainless steel will break any stamping machine.
As a result, without any means to stamp the body panels into various shapes and forms, the Cybertruck has a very polygonal design. This is due to the fact that the ultra-strong stainless steel is only able to be bent in shape at angles.
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Adding to the polygonal design (to be specific triangular design), the Cybertruck also only has a single exterior color which is shiny exposed stainless. This is again due to the fact that it’s relatively difficult to paint stainless steel as opposed to conventional vehicle materials such as regular steel and aluminum.
Elon Musk also says that it’s not appropriate to put paint, which is an expensive yet flimsy coating on the exterior. Musk believes this takes away from the Cybertruck’s rugged offroadability.
If all this wasn’t enough to cast doubt on whether the Cybertruck is going to be a success, the vehicle is also Tesla’s first foray into the trucking market which has notoriously loyal customers who almost never cross-shop amongst brands.
Due to these doubts, a Wall Street analyst even went so far as to recently write a report urging Tesla to cancel the Cybertruck. The analyst’s reasoning is that the vehicle will have no demand so Tesla should cut its losses before they get out of hand.
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Although an extreme position to take, given there are no previous vehicles to compare the Cybertruck to, it was still difficult to completely dismiss the Wall Street analyst’s point.
That is at least until this week. Last Sunday, Tesla started displaying Cybertrucks at various showrooms in the US and yesterday a Cybertruck has also made it to a Tesla store in Canada.
So how is the public’s reaction when allowed for the first time to experience the Cybertruck in person? Simply staggering! According to several pictures shared online of Tesla stores with display Cybertrucks, the interest in the all-electric truck has been immense.
People are reporting lines that stretch blocks around Tesla showrooms and people are being forced to wait in line for hours to be able to get into a Tesla store to see the Cybertruck.
If you’re thinking when have we seen this before? This is reminiscent of Tesla’s first Model 3 launch. Back in 2016, when Tesla unveiled the Model 3, the lines of people trying to reserve the vehicle stretched around the block.
And how has the initial Model 3 interest translated to sales? Well if you add in the Model Y, which is basically a crossover built on the Model 3 platform, then the Model 3 launch has been an unrivaled success for Tesla.
This year, the Model Y is on track to be the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the world. Yes, that’s not just among electric vehicles but, compared to any internal combustion car or truck or even against much cheaper cars such as the Toyota Corolla.
Combined, Tesla is expected to sell more than 1.7 million Model 3 and Model Y’s this year. That’s tens of billions of dollars in sales and more than $10 billion in gross profit.
So what does this mean for the Cybertruck? Tesla appears to have another huge success on its hands with the all-electric truck. The EV maker has said it’s planning to produce around 250,000 Cybertrucks per year, however, if the interest remains this high, Telsa might need to significantly bump up those numbers.
Currently, all signs are pointing to the Cybertruck being a massive success for Tesla and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the EV maker starts delivering the Cybertruck on November 30. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Disappointed by the Cybertruck’s single vertical windshield wiper design? Do you think the Giga Wiper will be an issue? Let us 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.