A drone has captured what could be the first batch of production-ready Cybertrucks at Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory.
Tesla has previously said it plans to start manufacturing Cybertrucks in 2023 and ramp up to full-scale production in 2024, with the first customer deliveries to begin in the third quarter of this year.
Can anyone help me identify what these vehicles are? All NINE are covered up so it’s really hard to tell. They are in the outbound transportation lot at Giga Texas if that helps any!@greggertruck@SERobinsonJr@esherifftv@TeslaPodcast pic.twitter.com/HrkHz2SBW2— Joe Tegtmeyer 🚀 🤠😎 (@JoeTegtmeyer) August 13, 2023
Joe Tegtmeyer, known for flying his drone over Tesla facilities, has posted photos online of nine Cybertrucks parked at the Gigafactory.
The vehicles are covered in a grey cover and – according to Joe Tegtmeyer’s post on X, formerly known as Twitter – they were parked in the transportation lot next to a couple of Tesla Model Ys.
It’s unclear if these vehicles will be delivered to customers, given the company is still undergoing testing across California and New Zealand prior to mass production starting in 2024.
In July 2023, Tesla produced its first Cybertruck at its Texas plant.
While pricing is still yet to be announced, US customers have been able to pre-order the electric pickup for some time.
According to the carmaker’s US website, the Cybertruck will feature a 1587kg payload, towing capacity of over 6300kg, and 2831 litres of storage space spread out through the ute including its tub, interior, and petite frunk.
Tesla claims the electric ute will boast up to 804km of range and be able to achieve a 0-60mph (96km/h) in 2.9 seconds.
It’s unclear what the frunk space for the ute will be, however the Cybertruck’s tub is expected to measure around 2.0 metres long.
Tesla first revealed the Cybertruck in concept form in 2019.
It has experienced a series of delays since its initial reveal, and Tesla reportedly experienced issues with its handling, braking, and noise levels during development.
Electrek reports Tesla may begin deliveries by the end of September, with the first examples expected to go to employees first.
The news outlet reports it expects Tesla to reveal pricing and full specifications at its official first delivery handover event.