It’s been a long, long road for the Tesla Cybertruck since it was teased in late 2019. It’s gone through multiple production promises from company CEO, Elon Musk, and of course multiple delays. But it looks like the revolutionary, all-electric pickup will be coming soon; production has now started at Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory, and deliveries are expected in Q3 this year. Though there may be some teething problems …
Musk himself has taken one for a ride, and gives his blessing for the EV on his social media platform X (formerly Twitter):
“Just drove the production candidate Cybertruck at Tesla Giga Texas!” Musk tweeted. “That smile says it all.”
Just drove the production candidate Cybertruck at Tesla Giga Texas! pic.twitter.com/S0kCyGUBFD
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2023
‘Production Candidate’ refers to a vehicle that has come off an assembly line as a test; previous versions of the Cybertruck we’ve already seen have been hand-built. So it’s a good bet that what we see here is the final version, and the fact that it’s so close to actual production is good news for the 1.9 million people who have reserved the EV so far.
that smile says it all pic.twitter.com/f7TFoDWE8x
— DogeDesigner (@cb_doge) August 23, 2023
Already, Tesla fans who signed up for the Cybertruck have received invitations to the EV’s debut at the Cybertruck Delivery Event in Austin, Texas. The date, however, is yet to be announced.
Musk, however, may have had some harsh words for his factory workers when it comes to the fit and finish of the Cybertruck. According to The Cybertruck Owners Club, it intercepted an internal email from Musk to his employees where he complains about its quality.
“Due to the nature of Cybertruck, which is made of bright metal with mostly straight edges, any dimensional variation shows up like a sore thumb.
“All parts for this vehicle, whether internal or from suppliers, need to be designed and built to sub 10 micron accuracy.
“That means all part dimensions need to be to the third decimal place in millimeters and tolerances need be specified in single digit microns. If LEGO and soda cans, which are very low cost, can do this, so can we.
“Precision predicates perfectionism.
Teslas have had quite a few production quality issues in the past, so let’s hope the automaker can get this pickup right the first time.