Tesla’s Cybertruck Faces Manufacturing Challenges

In recent buzz from the electric vehicle world, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has been generating excitement for the company’s futuristic Cybertruck. While the buzz around the vehicle, first unveiled in November 2019, is growing, Tesla is yet to reveal the final price and specs for this avant-garde pickup.

Musk’s latest move came in the form of a post on X, where he proudly exclaimed, “Just drove the production candidate Cybertruck at Tesla Giga Texas!” For those unfamiliar with auto lingo, a “candidate” refers to a preliminary model, helping manufacturers test the water on their production capabilities.

However, not everything appears smooth sailing. An email, sent company-wide by Musk and later leaked, emphasized the need for absolute precision when constructing the Cybertruck. The unique, nearly all straight-edged design of the Cybertruck means any minor flaw will be glaringly evident. Musk penned in the memo, “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.”

Diving deeper into his expectations, Musk reportedly stated the specifics: “All parts for this vehicle, whether internal or from suppliers, need to be designed and built to sub 10 micron accuracy.” For perspective, he compared the precision requirement to that of LEGO pieces and soda cans, which achieve such fine detail despite their low cost. His final note? “Precision predicates perfectionism.”

Outside of these internal communications, Tesla has mentioned their Austin, Texas, factory is currently setting up “tooling” for the Cybertruck. Production hasn’t started yet, but they’re still aiming for initial deliveries this year. When exactly mass production will kick off remains a mystery.

Fans are naturally eager for more details. One such enthusiast took to X, urging, “Enough with the hype, let’s get down to business. Please announce the specs, pricing and new estimated delivery event date.” Musk, who interestingly also owns the platform, responded, “While I think it is our best product ever, it is an extremely difficult product to build. We are in uncharted territory, because it is not like anything else.”

The anticipation, coupled with concerns over production quality, has impacted the stock market as well. Tesla shares witnessed a slight drop post Musk’s remarks and the subsequent email leak.

While the excitement for Tesla’s Cybertruck remains palpable, it’s clear that the company is navigating uncharted waters. The challenge ahead lies not just in meeting delivery targets, but ensuring the product matches the precision and quality that Musk and Tesla are renowned for.

Photo courtesy of Tesla.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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