Where is Cybertruck? According to The edge, “reference to a 2022 production plan was scrubbed” from Tesla’s website. Nevertheless Elon Musk promised to share a “product roadmap update” on Tesla’s next earnings call (scheduled for January 26). Hmmm, mysterious. So what’s going on here?
Well, Tesla has been a bit on guard against the Cybertrucken. That said, a repeat of Tesla’s long-awaited pickup was recently spotted on the Fremont factory test track. Therefore, some clues were revealed. A few updated features were spied during a drone overflight of the site (video footage below).
In addition to a few design tweaks, this particular Cybertruck prototype was seen with some tape that probably includes hidden sensors. This suggests (perhaps) that Tesla is doing some calibration tests of the Cybertruck.
The most visible change seen while watching this latest version of the Cybertruck prototype was the large single wiper installed on the driver’s side. It is the first time that a Cybertruck has been seen with a windshield wiper since it was unveiled back in 2019.
Musk remarked, however, that this wiper would does not seen on the production version. He commented: “It’s not the production wiper.… The wiper is what worries me the most. No easy solution. Deployable wiper that can be stored in the front of the trunk would be ideal but complex.”
If you look at the dashboard through the windshield, it seems that the marble design of the dashboard does not come into production either. And unlike the original Cybertruck prototype, this one has proper side mirrors.
Another significant change seems to be the addition of daytime running lights (DRLs) on the front panel. Previously, a horizontal light bar was installed on the roof. The roof light bar no longer appears to be in production.
A deep dive into the latest updates, leaks and news related to Cybertruck (YouTube: The Tesla Space)
The barn on the Cybertrucken also appears to have shrunk slightly in length. Some Cybertruck critics are concerned that the vehicle would be too large for a garage. Tesla may have cut a few inches from the bed, but that has not been officially confirmed yet.
The door handles were also not visible on this latest prototype. The cyber truck had smooth but visible door handles from the start. However, Tesla may have completely gotten rid of them now. Earlier this year, Elon Musk had confirmed that the production of Cybertrucks will not have door handles – it will simply open the doors when the owner goes to the vehicle.
Are there likely other color options? “Cybertruck can have any color you want as long as it’s nothing,” Elon Musk remarked about the Stainless Steel Cyberruck. However, the cyber truck can be wrapped in vinyl in any color.
So will the Cybertruck have color options from the factory? “Not in the beginning, but there are many third-party packaging options,” Elon Musk replied in one tweet. Speaking of a cool Cybertruck wrapping option, “Not permeated gold / bronze color would be sick,” Musk remarked in another tweet.
It appears that Tesla already has a large backlog of more than 1.2 million Cybertruck pre-orders worth over $ 81 billion. Giga Texas will be the first and only Tesla factory for a while to build the Cybertruck. And Elon Musk gave some hints about a new Quad Motor variant.
In any case, since Tesla decided to start Model Y production at Giga Texas first, Cybertruck production has certainly been delayed. Until Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, we’ll have to wait for more.
An earlier version of this article was originally published by Tesla Oracle by @IqtidarAlii. Revised update edited by EVANNEX.
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