The forthcoming release of the Tesla Cybertruck, hailed as the most highly anticipated vehicle launch of 2023, is rapidly approaching the start of production. Encouraging signs of progress have emerged as numerous rear castings for the electric pickup truck were spotted outside Giga Texas.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, provided the latest update, stating that the company aims to commence Cybertruck production later this summer, with a delivery event planned for the end of the third quarter, likely around September. Musk acknowledged that initial production will be slow, gradually ramping up in 2024 to achieve significant volumes. This increase is necessary to fulfill the substantial demand, as over 1.5 million preorders have been placed.
A critical aspect of this production phase involves the creation of front and rear megacastings. Toward the end of last year, Tesla imported the 9,000-ton IDRA Giga Press from Europe to Giga Texas. The automaker promptly installed the equipment but subsequently concealed the casting area with curtains, preventing observers from monitoring their progress. However, a recent sighting confirmed that Tesla has commenced production of the Cybertruck’s front castings, and now it has become evident that the company has also begun manufacturing the rear castings.
Drone pilot Joe Tegtmeyer captured images on June 2, revealing numerous piles of Cybertruck rear castings outside the northern section of the factory.
Another coupe of closer images of the interesting castings on the north end of Giga Texas this morning … what do you think? pic.twitter.com/c7Uws3qgsG
— Joe Tegtmeyer 🚀 🤠😎 (@JoeTegtmeyer) June 2, 2023
While the front and rear castings represent just two elements in the intricate puzzle of Cybertruck production, their appearance, in addition to the previously observed castings, indicates that Tesla is currently testing and fine-tuning the Giga Press machine. This meticulous approach aims to ensure a smooth production process when it finally commences.
Regarding the overall production process, Tesla has already installed the majority, if not all, of the machinery necessary to manufacture the complete Cybertruck. In early April, Musk himself toured the Cybertruck production line, which took him several hours to complete.
Despite the imminent production start, the final specifications and pricing of the Cybertruck remain undisclosed. According to Musk, these details will be revealed during the delivery event scheduled for later this year.