Kuka robots have been delivered to the Texas Gigafactory.
Tesla is reportedly taking delivery of 66 Kuka production line robots for its Texas Gigafactory that will be used to build the long-delayed Cybertruck.
The report comes from a Twitter user who spotted the bill of landing and then posted an image, which you can view below. A total of 66 additional Kuka robots have, or will very shortly, be delivered to the Gigafactory in Austin.
The timing makes sense following a report in early November claiming that the EV automaker intends to begin Cybertruck production at the end of 2023. Production was originally set to get underway in 2021 for the single-motor RWD model for a 2022 launch. Clearly, that didn't happen. Tesla then hoped for production to kick off in 2022 and, again, nothing.
But now we have proof the carmaker is busy making the final assembly line preparations to get its first-ever truck rolling off the assembly line. Imported from Germany, the Kuka industrial robots and their associated systems are specifically for factory automation.
Tesla has already been using them in Texas for Model Y production, and now more are required. That previous massive shipment, which happened last year, has been successfully implemented so it shouldn't be extremely difficult or very time-consuming to get this fresh batch in place. It's also possible more of these robots are on their way.
We reported last week that Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory chief and his top lieutenants were in Texas and California recently to evaluate how production can be increased.
Shanghai has since become a working model on how to quickly re-start production following pandemic-related lockdowns and to keep the momentum. Tesla China chief Tom Zhu, rumored to become the company's next CEO, is a production troubleshooting expert.
Thanks to him, Model 3 and Model Y output increased by over 70% in a single business quarter. All the more impressive is that Shanghai accounted for half of Tesla's global output.
Tesla will be ready to shift to Cybertruck production only when Model Y hits volume production, which seemingly verifies Zhu's recent visit. The goal is for an average of 3,000 vehicles to be produced weekly in Texas though that figure was originally 5,000. The latter could still be possible, but only when additional Kuka robots are up and running and other production-related issues have been resolved.