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Tesla Cybertruck Turns Out To Be Really Cheap To Manufacture

An EV manufacturing expert analyzes the Tesla Cybertruck and concludes it may be very cheap to make.


A certain manufacturing expert named Sandy Munro has been the talk of the town when it comes to electronic automotive manufacturing as of late. He goes into detail about the company that he once hated that we now love, Tesla. What’s funny, is now he loves and respects Tesla as well, after he had the opportunity to completely pull apart a Model 3. Munro however hasn’t had his hands on the Cybertruck yet, but has since analyzed its place in the lineup.

He goes into detail this time specifically about the Cybertruck which is Tesla’s most recent internet breaking vehicle. The cybertruck is an all electric battle machine that is reinforced with “Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin and Tesla armor glass. Its job in Tesla’s lineup is to penetrate the pickup truck market, but this truck does it in a rather obscure way. It is probably the ugliest vehicle ever designed but as Munro details, can be produced very cheaply. Elon is onto something here if his goal is the highest quality of practicality.

The Cybertruck features go beyond the armor glass and cold-rolled skin, its exoskeleton is built with an exterior shell that is designed for utmost durability and passenger protection, but it lacks a shiny gloss clean paint finish. Munro says that “combining the body with the platform and the lack of paint should result in a significant reduction in capital expenditure to bring the vehicle to production.

The numbers might not be accurate, but Munro speculates the cost to product 50,000 Cybertrucks would add up to around $30 million dollars versus the insane number that it would take to make 50,000 Ford F-150s, which would cost $210 million. If this is the case then Elon definitely knows what he’s doing. We are supposed to see the Cybertruck summer of 2020, so here’s to finding out if it actually exists or not.

Also see: 2 Practical Thoughts On Why The Tesla Cybertruck Owners Will Take The Limelight Of The Toyota Prius. See you in my next story discussing how Elon Musk defends Tesla's safety.

Alex Belauste reports Tesla cars and stories at Torque News. He has worked with the automotive industry for the last 18 years and has since grown very fond to the community. Alex has owned 16 different cars and writes automotive news based on research, his personal expertise and experience. Belauste has studied business at Oklahoma State University and has since started his entry into the professional automotive world. Follow Alex on Twitter at @Belauste and on Instagram. Search Torque News Tesla for more daily Tesla coverage from our expert reporters.


DeanMcManis (not verified)    January 21, 2020 - 5:58PM

I agree that much of the Cybertruck's engineering is focused on building a simple and rugged truck, so the cost savings of the exoskeleton design makes sense in order to meet their price points and still make a profit. The competing gasoline trucks start at a lower price, but BEV rivals like Rivian and Bollinger start at $69K and $125K respectively. The mid level Cybertruck is priced comparably to a mid level optioned Jeep Gladiator with the Eco Diesel engine, which looks to be fairly competitive overall. While the Rivian is die to come out this year, and rumors put the Tesla Model Y release ahead of schedule in mid-2020 despite a promised release date of 2021. The original announcement said that the first two levels of Cybertruck (starting at $39K and $49K) are due in late 2021, with the Tri-motor/Plaid top Cybertruck due in 2022. While I suspect that in the same way that the high number of preorders will probably bring the Model Y out early this year, the strong reception and pre-orders of Cybertrucks will likely accelerate it's production as well. Plus because of it's simpler design it will help to bring it out early, but it still would be very ambitious to expect to see Cybertruck production start any time this year.

William (not verified)    March 24, 2020 - 3:24PM

Looks like six sheets of plywood at around $20 per each should take care of the exterior cladding and trim...