With some badass manufacturing processes.
The upcoming Tesla Cybertruck has managed to split the opinion of gearheads and create tons of publicity for the Californian automaker like few others before it. The good news is that Tesla has confirmed that deliveries will start this year, and with well over half a million reservations already made the car can't come soon enough. "We'll make a few deliveries of the Cybertruck in 2021, but volume production is set for next year," said CEO Elon Musk during the company's quarterly earnings call.
The EV truck will be built at Tesla's new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, and will make use of some very interesting construction methods, including an 8,000-ton casting press to construct the vehicle's single-piece rear underbody.
In the same call, Musk said that the design and testing phase was well and truly over, and that the company was getting ready for full-scale production: "We've got the design fixed. We're getting to…soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck work," he said. Musk also mentioned that Tesla would be using larger casting machines for the Cybertruck. Where the Model Y requires a 6,000-ton press, the Cybertruck will require a full eight thousand tons. According to Musk, this will be the biggest casting press machine in the world, beating the previous record-holder, the Model Y by, you guessed it: two tons.
The first version of the truck to arrive in dealerships will reportedly be the tri-motor version, which will decimate the zero to sixty sprint in only 2.9 seconds (as fast as the new BMW M5 CS) and will have a 500-mile range. The tri-motor truck will be capable of towing over 14,000 lbs and carrying a 3,500-pound payload. The cold-rolled stainless steel exterior can even withstand 9 mm bullet fire. All this can be yours for just $69,900. Bring it on.