In a tweet posted on Saturday, Tesla announced that its first production Cybertruck electric pickup has finally rolled off the assembly line at its Giga Texas factory. This milestone comes nearly two years behind the original schedule set by the company. The tweet featured an image showing a multitude of workers, donning helmets and yellow vests, gathered around the groundbreaking vehicle. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, retweeted the post, further confirming the news.
Elon Musk first unveiled the Cybertruck in late 2019, with Tesla initially aiming to commence production in late 2021. However, the company later revised its plans, cautioning that the production would begin slowly and in limited quantities compared to its other vehicle models.
Distinguished by its unique design, the Cybertruck’s wedge shape and stainless-steel exoskeleton make it stand out from traditional pickup trucks. Despite its unconventional appearance, some analysts have criticized it as a niche product with limited appeal to a broader consumer base.
In April, Musk stated that Tesla anticipated delivering the first Cybertruck sometime between July and September. He acknowledged that production would start gradually due to the complex nature of manufacturing the vehicle, emphasizing its departure from traditional car production methods.
The initial unveiling was in 2019
“It takes time to get the manufacturing line going,” Musk explained. “And this is really a very radical product. It’s not made in the way that other cars are made. So let’s see.”
During the initial unveiling in 2019, the Cybertruck encountered an unexpected hiccup when a window that was touted as unbreakable cracked upon impact with a metal ball, eliciting an expletive from Musk.
Initially, Tesla had outlined three versions of the Cybertruck, ranging in price from approximately $40,000 to $70,000. However, the company subsequently removed the pricing details from the customer order page, leaving prospective buyers uncertain about the exact cost.
With the first Cybertruck now in production, Tesla aims to ramp up manufacturing in the coming months, fulfilling the orders and meeting the high expectations surrounding this innovative electric pickup truck. Time will tell whether the Cybertruck can overcome its early setbacks and make a significant impact on the automotive industry.