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Update 7/20/23: Tesla has given more details on what's going on with the Cybertruck, revealing that the finished truck it showed off on Twitter was one of several pre-production prototypes being built for final certification and validation testing. The automaker said that initial production for customers will officially begin later this year.


It's been four years since Tesla revealed the initial prototype of its Cybertruck electric pickup, and after two years' worth of delays, the automaker has finally built the first example at its Gigafactory Texas plant. This makes it the fifth production model from Tesla, and the brand's first pickup truck.



The news was broken by the automaker on Twitter, where it shared an image of Giga Texas factory workers surrounding the newly-built truck. Elon Musk retweeted Tesla's post with the message "Congrats Tesla Team!"


Only a small portion of the finished Cybertruck is visible, but it retains the same large glass windshield and stainless steel body as the prototype first shown in 2019. Several modifications have been made for the final production model, including a large windshield wiper and robust side mirrors. Recent pre-production prototype spottings also indicate that the Cybertruck has received updated lighting elements.




While this is a major milestone for Tesla, the brand still has a lot of work to do if it wants to satisfy all of its Cybertruck orders. In November 2022, it was claimed that there were over 1.6 million reservations for the Cybertruck, which dwarfs the 250,000 eager orders made within a week of the truck's 2019 debut.


If Tesla can quickly clear out its overwhelming number of reservations, Elon Muck claims that the automaker can sell between 250,000 and 500,000 Cybertrucks each year at full production capacity. Aside from the enthusiasm surrounding the Cybertruck, pickups in general are America's most popular vehicle type, so the Cybertruck could turn out to be a huge profit generator despite its complicated stainless steel construction.


In April, Elon Musk suggested that a Cybertruck launch event could happen at "the end of the third quarter," so the first production trucks will likely be delivered in September. Keep in mind that the amount of Cybertrucks initially delivered will be small, as volume production isn't expected to begin until 2024. Musk warned earlier this year that the switch to volume production will be the slowest yet for Tesla, saying the Cybertruck was "a tough product to design and even tougher to build."


Until then, we're sure that the first Cybertruck examples will not be flying under the radar once they hit the road, as the truck's standout design is guaranteed to trigger as much attention for Tesla as it did when it was first unveiled.


Will you be on the lookout for the first Cybertrucks?

Image Credits: Tesla
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Jul 16, 2023
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It's Been A Long Wait, But Tesla Has Finally Built Its First Cybertruck

The earliest reservation holders have been waiting for their electric trucks since 2019.

Update 7/20/23: Tesla has given more details on what's going on with the Cybertruck, revealing that the finished truck it showed off on Twitter was one of several pre-production prototypes being built for final certification and validation testing. The automaker said that initial production for customers will officially begin later this year.


It's been four years since Tesla revealed the initial prototype of its Cybertruck electric pickup, and after two years' worth of delays, the automaker has finally built the first example at its Gigafactory Texas plant. This makes it the fifth production model from Tesla, and the brand's first pickup truck.



The news was broken by the automaker on Twitter, where it shared an image of Giga Texas factory workers surrounding the newly-built truck. Elon Musk retweeted Tesla's post with the message "Congrats Tesla Team!"


Only a small portion of the finished Cybertruck is visible, but it retains the same large glass windshield and stainless steel body as the prototype first shown in 2019. Several modifications have been made for the final production model, including a large windshield wiper and robust side mirrors. Recent pre-production prototype spottings also indicate that the Cybertruck has received updated lighting elements.




While this is a major milestone for Tesla, the brand still has a lot of work to do if it wants to satisfy all of its Cybertruck orders. In November 2022, it was claimed that there were over 1.6 million reservations for the Cybertruck, which dwarfs the 250,000 eager orders made within a week of the truck's 2019 debut.


If Tesla can quickly clear out its overwhelming number of reservations, Elon Muck claims that the automaker can sell between 250,000 and 500,000 Cybertrucks each year at full production capacity. Aside from the enthusiasm surrounding the Cybertruck, pickups in general are America's most popular vehicle type, so the Cybertruck could turn out to be a huge profit generator despite its complicated stainless steel construction.


In April, Elon Musk suggested that a Cybertruck launch event could happen at "the end of the third quarter," so the first production trucks will likely be delivered in September. Keep in mind that the amount of Cybertrucks initially delivered will be small, as volume production isn't expected to begin until 2024. Musk warned earlier this year that the switch to volume production will be the slowest yet for Tesla, saying the Cybertruck was "a tough product to design and even tougher to build."


Until then, we're sure that the first Cybertruck examples will not be flying under the radar once they hit the road, as the truck's standout design is guaranteed to trigger as much attention for Tesla as it did when it was first unveiled.


Will you be on the lookout for the first Cybertrucks?

Image Credits: Tesla

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It's Been A Long Wait, But Tesla Has Finally Built Its First Cybertruck

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