A vehicle has never generated as much excitement in the last decade as the Cybertruck.
Will it resemble the prototype presented by Elon Musk in November 2019? How innovative will it be? These are the questions that arise among car enthusiasts and electric vehicle buyers eager to drive the Cybertruck, which looks like something out of a science fiction movie. The history of the automobile has shown that prototypes are often very different from the vehicle that will ultimately be produced.
A car ‘made by aliens’
The billionaire, known for his wild promises, has made sensational claims in recent months regarding the Cybertruck.
“The Cybertruck will be almost exactly what was shown. We’re adding rear-wheel steering, so you can make tight turns and maneuver with great agility,” the billionaire said in July 2021.
“Other trucks look like copies of the same thing, but it looks like the Cybertruck was made by aliens from the future,” Musk posted the same month.
“Better truck than an F-150, faster than a Porsche 911,” he said in November 2019.
Tesla currently markets the Model S and Mode 3 sedans and the Model X and Model Y SUV/crossovers. Starting December 1, the company will have a fifth vehicle in production: the Semi Truck.
Interest in the Cybertruck has never waned despite the ever-changing production schedule. After postponing the start of production of the Cybertruck, Musk Announced last July that will finally start in mid-2023 at its factory in Austin, Texas.
It looks like this time Tesla is going to keep that promise and that timeline. The electric vehicle manufacturer has just published job offers confirming that things are on the right track to have the first Cybertrucks on the roads in June-July 2023.
One of the positions is “Maintenance and Reliability Engineer – BIW, Cybertruck,” TheStreet noted on the company’s careers page. Tesla website.
“What to expect,” Tesla wrote in the post. “The Maintenance and Reliability Engineer is primarily responsible for the design of maintenance procedures, tool upgrades, performance improvements, and the implementation of new processes/equipment at the Cybertruck Body Shop.”
He added that one of the tasks of this position will be “to identify and drive continuous improvement and cost reduction programs.”
Another job posting seeks a “Senior Equipment Engineer, Onboarding – BIW, Cybertruck.”
“We are seeking a motivated engineer for a position in Body Manufacturing Engineering, a team focused on creating production processes to manufacture body and battery case assemblies for the Cybertruck,” the company said in the post.
Job listings also refer to the search for “Senior Robotics Equipment Engineer – BIW, Cybertruck”, “Senior Process Engineer – BIW, Cybertruck”, or “Dimensional Engineer – BIW, Cybertruck”.
In these Cybertruck-related job listings, Tesla does not give any indication about the start date, unlike most other postings.
These recruitments suggest that things are heating up around the Cybertruck.
The billionaire first unveiled the electric pickup truck prototype in November 2019 at a promotional event in Los Angeles.
That presentation was marked by a demonstration of the vehicle’s unbreakable and supposedly bulletproof window. The demo went awry after a helper threw a metal ball at the front window, breaking it.
The vehicle has been described as something out of the “Mad Max” and “Blade Runner” movies. Musk himself said in 2019 that the Cybertruck had been “influenced in part by ‘The Spy Who Loved Me,'” a reference to the Lotus Esprit S1 amphibian featured in the 1977 James Bond film.
Tesla is no longer accepting orders for the Cybertruck in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
But the vehicle can still be ordered in the US, Mexico and Canada.
People can reserve one of the vehicles for a $100 refundable deposit, essentially no strings attached for a vehicle that won’t be cheap.
On November 24, 2019, Musk said that Tesla had already received at least 187,000 orders for the Cybertruck. It was five days after the vehicle was unveiled.
The Tesla Cybertruck promises up to 500 miles of electric range, a maximum towing rating of 14,000 pounds, and a base price of less than $40,000.
Buyers will also have to add the Tesla Full Self-Driving driver assistance system for $15,000.
The Cybertruck’s immediate rivals are the Rivians. (RIVN) – Get a free report R1T Electric Pickup, GM’s GMC Hummer Pickup (GM) – Get a free report and the Chevy Silverado electric pickup. It will also compete against the F-150 Lightning, the electric version of the Ford (F) – Get a free report F-150 pickup.