Tesla Cybertruck: Vaporware?
There are those saying that the Cybertruck is a fraud and that it can't be produced with a stainless steel body. Who is saying this, and what is the truth?
Does Tesla really have no idea how to build the Cybertruck, and it won't exist? This seems pretty farfetched, but let's look at the reasons to see if they are credible.
There are many smart people commenting about the Cybertruck who work with meta and are engineers or just smart in general. They say that because nobody else is being a car or truck made out of stainless steel, that Tesla can't do it. They also say the DeLorean had fiber glass under its steel as well, showing it couldn't do it either.
The critics argue that if you don't believe that the Cybertruck is vaporware, that you are a fanboy and brain-dead and don't know anything about engineering. Why is there so much hate toward the Cybertruck, and why are people angry at Tesla and EVs (electric vehicles)?
The New York Times says the Cybertruck won't release this year because it is made out of stainless steel. They say that stainless steel is not what you should make a car out of. Stainless steel costs more than regular steel because it uses chromium, nickel, molybdenum, which are in high demand. Steel springs back into its original shape and can't be used for vehicles that require bending.
Tesla has shared no details about how it will overcome the challenge of working with stainless steel, which includes safety. Steel is designed to crumple in a crash, absorbing Energy and protecting passengers. Stainless steel doesn't crumple as easily, exposing the passenger to more of the impact.
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Is the Cybertruck going to be a death trap? What about stainless steel being a pain to repair after it is damaged? It's expensive and is hard to stamp, and bend. These seem to be a lot of issues brought up for the Cybertruck.
Will the Cybertruck cost too much for Tesla to produce? The steel will be the same blend that the SpaceX rockets use. If Tesla doesn't respond, they are touted as hopeless and having no PR. I think Tesla shouldn't respond to these critics and haters. Tesla should focus on cost reduction, engineering, and production.
Is the Tesla lineup getting out of date? Its products came out years ago and therefore must be old and useless... However, these vehicles produced then are still superior to EVs available today, and Tesla continually updates its vehicles in iterations over time.
Is the Cybertruck vaporware then because it's too expensive and unsafe? Will it be unfixable if it crashes? I don't think Tesla cares too much about what the New York Times has to say. Reports of problems at Tesla coming from external sources are difficult to trust.
What I do trust is what Tesla is doing, and that is saying they are going to deliver the Cybertruck this year. Rockets are built out of this same stainless steel, so Tesla and SpaceX are the experts on this material, not a journalist.
The Cybertruck was announced years ago, and Tesla has had time to work out any issues there are with the truck. By the end of this year, we will see Cybertruck vehicles on the road. There are more than 1.6 million pre-orders for this truck, and I am one of them.
What do you think about the Cybertruck? Will there be issues?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.