Tesla Will Change Cybertruck's Design After All

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk just said he's been reviewing some "small improvements" to the Cybertruck.

Whether or not you're a fan of the Tesla Cybertruck's polarizing looks, there was one question on everyone's mind when the pure-electric pickup truck was unveiled last November: "Is that really it?" It's a design so unusual it can scarcely be believed - a bizarre, wedge-shaped arrangement of simple, flat polygons that looks like it's straight out of an old-school video game.

Tesla's confidence in the design did appear to wane to an extent in the months following its reveal, with CEO Elon Musk even suggesting in August that "if it turns out nobody wants to buy a weird-looking truck, we'll build a normal truck, no problem."

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Now, there's still more evidence that some design tweaks could be on the way, as Musk indicated during a recent call with the press that he and the company's Chief of Design, Franz von Holzhausen, are contemplating a series of small adjustments.

"I was in the studio last Friday with Franz and the team looking over some improvements on the Cybertruck," he said on the call, according to Motor Trend. "We always want to make the car that we deliver be better than the car we unveil. And that's the goal with the Cybertruck."

He called the changes "small improvements compared to what was unveiled," suggesting that the truck will retain its overall wedge-like shape and bare stainless steel finish.

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The reason for the Cybertruck's simple, planar design is that reportedly, the 30X cold rolled stainless steel that makes up its body is so hard and strong that it has to be bent into shape; it can't be stamped like a normal passenger vehicle body because it has a tendency of breaking stamping presses.

As of right now, Tesla is aiming to start delivering examples of the Cybertruck before the end of 2021, although Musk admits that it's very much dependent upon whether "things go well" in constructing the company's new Texas Gigafactory.

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Source Credits: Motor Trend

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