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Ready For Launch: Tesla Cybertruck Prototype Reaches Final Design

Tesla's electric pick-up, the Cybertruck, is getting ever closer to seeing the light. Elon Musk acknowledges being excited about the steps that are being taken at the Texas plant.

It is the most anticipated launch this year for Tesla: the long-awaited electric pick-up is completing its last steps before becoming a production model. The employees of the Texas Gigafactory are frantically working to finish the infrastructure necessary for its assembly, and in parallel the engineers and the entire development team continue to burn stages in the testing phase. A new unit has been discovered circulating the facility and giving clear evidence that the final design is ready.

Some reports suggest that Tesla already has more than 1.5 million reservations for the Cybertruck. If the rumors are true, we could be facing the greatest success of the company in its entire history. During the last years, a great stir has been formed in everything concerning the most extreme vehicle of the company; announced and unveiled in 2019, delays and issues have piled up on the design and development team's table. The expectations are so high that Tesla knows that it has to offer the best of the best and even push its own limits in order to fulfill its customers.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Innovations crowd around the Cybertruck project: despite its size, Tesla will be able to make the sub-frame in two large castings; a technique that up until now was thought impossible. As a result, the electric pick-up will not only be able to be manufactured faster, but will also offer unique capabilities of its kind. An example is the starter battery, which will be another big focus: the usual lead-acid battery will be replaced by a compact and lightweight 48-volt lithium-ion battery.

The unit, unveiled in drone view, rolls around the Fremont Gigafactory test track looking definitive. The size continues to attract attention, especially if we compare it with other vehicles in the factory. We do not know what specific work is being carried out, but we do know that Tesla already completed the first crash tests of the Cybertruck on April 1. The results have not been published yet, but everything indicates that it passed the test with flying colors. This also alerts that the certification and approval steps are already underway.

Elon Musk is in charge of feeding the expectations and the dream of being able to see the huge pick-up driving on the road soon. During a visit to the Texas Gigafactory, the CEO acknowledged being excited: "it feels like you are in the future". The conditioning works are concluding, and in fact the particularities of the Cybertruck make it necessary to build specific assembly lines. Once the works have been completed, the first units will enter the pre-production phase in order to make the necessary adjustments for the next and final production stage.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

The Tesla Cybertruck is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated electric vehicle launches in recent history. With a unique design, innovative features, and a massive number of pre-orders, the pressure on Tesla to deliver is immense. As the testing phase progresses and as we approach the final stages of production, the excitement continues to build. Elon Musk's enthusiasm and confidence in the Cybertruck only adds to the anticipation surrounding this groundbreaking electric pick-up. Once the assembly lines are complete and the first units enter pre-production, we will be one step closer to witnessing the Cybertruck's impact on the automotive industry and the future of transportation.

Source: hibridosyelectricos

All images courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.


Bill Signal (not verified)    April 9, 2023 - 10:05AM

Great to read about my next truck. I took a gamble way over a year ago and I know this is a winner for looks and durability