Cybertruck Update

    Musk suggests the design is still being finalized, but we may see the Cybertruck on the road in 2021

    4w ago

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    Tesla profits and revenue have been through the roof in Q3, and the hype for the Cybertruck is only continuing to build. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, was questioned during a conference call on the timeline for Cybertruck production, as well as what the consumer base might be able to expect from its design.

    As many know, Musk keeps things fairly fluid within his company. The full self-driving feature has been in the works for years, without much of a definitive timeline being offered at any point. With the Cybertruck now, Musk suggested that the overall design has still yet to be finished. No surprise there. What can we expect the finished product to look like though?

    Well, it shouldn’t look a whole lot different, but some noticeable performance improvements may be on the near horizon. Here’s what Elon had to say about it:

    "I was in the studio last Friday with Franz and the team looking over some improvements on the Cybertruck," Musk said. "[W]e always want to make the car that we deliver be better than the car we unveil. And that's the goal with the Cybertruck - a lot of small improvements compared to what was unveiled. I think it's going to be better than what we showed."

    This seems to be a standard political answer from the CEO, dancing around the question somewhat. What it does tell us is, we can expect a ton of thought to go into each facet of this futuristic vehicle. Competition breeds excellence, and with the introduction of the all new Hummer EV, it may be enough to spark a fire under the design teams at Tesla. Overall, you can likely expect a far more finished product similar to the original concept we saw at the unveiling. At this point, there is so much excitement built for the original concept, it would be hard to see Musk stray from that in the final stretch of production.

    Tesla also suggested that Cybertruck deliveries may begin later next year, which could be as much of a guess as you or I would make. Musk stated, “It's difficult to predict, [I] would say there's probably a lot of deliveries in 2022 and some deliveries towards the end of next year if things go well."

    It is all heavily contingent on the completion of the all new Gigafactory Musk is building in Texas. It is no secret that Tesla buyers could take weeks longer than expected to see their car orders, as the company has had longstanding issues with keeping to time constraints, however, should the Gigafactory be completed in time, there seems to be little reason we won’t see this wild addition to the Tesla lineup on roads by next year.

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    • The factory and initial run out will occur towards the latter part of 2021, at the same time as the first CyberTrucks, when GigaNevada opens its doors. Tesla has consistently over delivered and under promised in the last few years, so I see nothing that's likely to alter this timeline (unless the world has another lockdown... but then that affects every business, not just Tesla.) The new battery architecture will be in production by then, which reduces costs, energy density and mass to the point where both vehicles will be cost effective and profitable. The CyberTruck in particular, is so much less costly to manufacture that even in its most costly, highest spec form, is still the same price as the poverty edition Hummer EV. That's one of Teslas 'secret sauces'. They keep designing for ease of manufacture, cutting out processes, making one part do the job of many. Oddly, this is a very 'Soviet' engineering quality. When design engineers could end up in the Gulag for wasting their 'brothers and sisters' materials and communal efforts to feed and house every citizen by going off at unauthorised technical tangents, they would, instead, try to multiply the jobs a single component could do and thus contribute to the social good. Not perhaps a lifestyle one might wish the return of, but as a principle of design, it's still a good one. I look in dismay at the new EVs coming out and wonder how on earth they think they can compete with the new innovators? Traditional vehicles are made of thousands of individually designed, machined and carefully bolted together components. They look impressive and are also terribly complicated. A Model Y, such as the Tesla Berlin factory will be churning out in the next few months, has a 'bumper' trim fore and aft, four doors, a bonnet and a hatch, and a couple of roof rails. The rest is a pair of large alloy castings, one that forms the whole of the front, the other, the rear. The new battery pack IS the floor. I can imagine the doors and the rear hatch joining the casting process, the front lid becoming no more than a opening trim panel. Every Euro saved multiplies hugely across a year of production. The manufacturing savings that Tesla uses are the main reason they have made 27.3% profit margin on their products this year. This compares to Ford, who make zero profit and only earn from their finance branch, helping buyers afford to pay for the things. Tesla's profits compare with other manufacturers little differently at around 3% profit across the board fore everyone else. As far as a European/Rest of the World CyberTruck, a different version is on the drawing board that can match our more stringent pedestrian crashworthiness. It is also going to be smaller, thus to fit more usefully on our narrower road network. I have not heard about the rollout plans for this product yet.

        1 month ago
      • It’s certainly interesting to hear from a foreign perspective, where needs are very different. But I will say, looking at the hummer, it’s crazy to believe that people will actually be buying that thing at the msrp it’s sitting at. It’s hard...

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          1 month ago
    • I would need a garage so my neighbors don't see it

        1 month ago
      • People love it or hate it. I have to see it in person first

          1 month ago
      • I really don't care for the looks of it..lol. so I guess I would need a garage to hide it from my view..🤣

          1 month ago
    • I wonder that as well. I think the biggest issue is battery’s. How long will they last, what will it cost to replace, what will be done with them once they’re cooked.

        1 month ago
    • I wonder if electric cars will age as well as gas powered cars do, will there be 20 year old electric cars still on the road, or will they become a more disposable commodity

        1 month ago
      • Check out some of the older S/X models on the road still. They seem to be holding up good. A in some specs better then when bought. :)

          29 days ago

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