Tesla Officially Completes First Cybertruck, but We’ll Have To Wait for First Deliveries

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has completed their first production Cybertruck
Tesla has completed their first production Cybertruck
Tesla (Edited by NATA)

In a landmark moment, Tesla officially built its first Cybertruck at the Gigafactory in Texas, signalling the dawn of a new era in the EV market. Depending on where you are in the world, a late Friday night or Saturday morning tweet by Tesla had people talking all weekend. Seeing is believing, as the tweet has been viewed nearly 60 million times.

The completion of the first production unit brings into focus Tesla's earlier commitment to a third-quarter launch event, as indicated by CEO Elon Musk. With the third quarter well underway, this inaugural production hints at a likely unveiling of the Cybertruck to the public within this timeframe.

Patience Required: Predicting Delivery Timelines

Considering the previous timelines between first production and customer deliveries, as cited by techAU, Tesla fans may need to wait a bit longer patiently. The Twitter user noted an average of 92 days from the production of the first vehicle to the first customer deliveries, based on the timelines for the Model 3 and Model Y. Tesla's tweet appeared with 78 days left in the quarter. This timeline could align well with the Q3 launch event.

Now to dissect the image, as we’ve done with every sighting of Cybertruck for months. The gigantic windshield wiper remains, and despite being a major sticking point for Musk, the Texas-sized wiper made it to production. Also, the side mirrors are visible, but Musk has said those could be removed. However, it should be noted that not having side mirrors is illegal in several jurisdictions.

The truck bed is black, differing from earlier prototypes that showed it as stainless steel. Traditional door handles are missing, which aligns with earlier prototype videos that show the door opening slightly by touching a button in the B-pillar. Check out our previous article that captures some of the other features we expect to see in this stainless steel wonder.

The Road to Production: A Journey Filled with Speed Bumps

Since the Cybertruck's announcement nearly four years ago, November 21, 2019, to be exact, the journey to production has seen its fair share of speed bumps. Initially slated for production in 2021, the target was delayed due to a myriad of factors, including disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and battery supply challenges as Tesla ramped up production of the Model Y and advanced its 4680-cell production process.

Sightings of test Cybertrucks and leaked photos from inside the Gigafactory suggested that production was nearing. Now, this milestone has been realized, rekindling expectations for imminent deliveries. Completing the first Cybertruck signals a momentous step forward for Tesla and the broader electric vehicle market despite the uncharted waters and uncertainties ahead.

Musk Teases New Model for Early 2025 That Will Use a Mix of Next-Gen and Current Platforms

By Cláudio Afonso

“We have updated our future vehicle line-up to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of our previously communicated start of production in the second half of 2025”. This was one of the key sentences that were part of Tesla’s deck shared on Tuesday directly before its financial results.

Since Reuters’ report a few weeks ago saying Tesla had “scrapped” the highly expected cheaper model— which Elon quickly denied on X —retail and institutional shareholders started asking for more details on Tesla’s product roadmap for 2024 and beyond.

In the earnings conference call, Elon Musk reiterated that Tesla expects to launch the next model in “early 2025, if not late this year”.

“We've updated our future vehicle lineup to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of previously mentioned start of production in the second half of 2025. So, we expect it to be more like the early 2025, if not late this year. “

Over concerns of temporary production halts to update the factories for these new models, Musk said that Tesla will produce new models with certain aspects from their next-generation platform and current models. This will reduce the number of changes needed on production lines and allow Tesla not only to ramp up production faster but also to get the vehicles to market quicker.

Model Y Redesign

Tesla appears to hit that their next-gen vehicle will be less “next-gen” than they were initially aiming for, but to get a new vehicle out the door by late 2024, the process would already have to be in motion. Tesla may likely be referring to the redesigned Model Y, which is expected to reuse many parts from the new Model 3. Earlier this year, Tesla said that the redesigned Model Y will not be released this year, so it makes sense that they’re looking to speed up that production.

Tesla CEO concluded by saying that these measures will allow Tesla to reach a capacity of over 3 million units. Tesla produced 1.84 million vehicles in 2023. However, this year they’re ramping up Cybertruck production and introduced the new Model 3 into new markets.

And we think this should allow us to get to over 3 million vehicles of capacity when realized to the full extent.

Tesla reported on Tuesday its earnings results followed by a conference call where it teased its upcoming Robotaxi and its next-generation platform saying its “purpose-built Robotaxi product will continue to pursue a revolutionary ‘unboxed’ manufacturing strategy”.

Earlier in the day, Tesla announced the new Performance variant of its sedan Model 3 with deliveries in the United States starting already next month. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit) and goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds.

Tesla on FSD: Close to License Deal With Major Automaker, Announces Miles Driven on FSD v12

By Cláudio Afonso

On Tuesday Tesla reported its earnings results followed by a conference call that brought several updates on the company’s roadmap for future vehicles, autonomous driving, Optimus and much more.

While answering a question from Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney about updates on the licensing of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, Elon Musk said they’re talking to one major auto manufacturer and there’s “a good chance” the company signs the first deal before year-end. However, he went on to say that it would probably be three years before the necessary changes are integrated into the car.

I think we have a good chance we do sign a deal this year

Brings Benefits to Tesla

The technology would require other automakers to start using the same cameras and hardware as Tesla, meaning that Tesla may not only generate money from licensing FSD but also from selling the hardware itself. However, there would be other benefits as well. When licensing FSD, Tesla would likely own the data gathered with the system well, further helping them with data and edge cases that need to be solved to reach full autonomy.

people don't understand all cars will need to be smart cars… Once that becomes obvious, I think licensing becomes not optional.

Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer Vaibhav Taneja commented pointing out that future partners “take a lot of time in their product life cycle” resulting in a gap between the deal signing and the arrival in the market of Tesla’s FSD software.

Miles Driven With FSD

On the conference call, Musk added that Tesla now has over 300 million miles that have been driven with FSD v12 since it was launched just last month. He added that it's becoming “very clear that the vision-based approach with end-to-end neural networks is the right solution for scalable autonomy”.

Tesla said it will continue to increase its “core AI infrastructure capacity in the coming months” adding that in the first quarter, it completed the transition to hardware 4.0 with China now receiving the upgraded FSD computer and cameras.

Over the weekend, Tesla reduced the price of FSD dropping it from $12,000 to $8,000 for customers in the United States and from CA$16,000 to CA$11,000 in Canada.

Earlier this month, Tesla implemented a 50% price reduction for FSD subscriptions in the U.S. and introduced the subscription model in Canada at a great value of CA$99 per month.

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