Tesla hasn’t been able to meet expectations for delivering the Cybertruck on time, but while it’s been getting the repeatedly delayed ute ready for production the company has been busy making other things, like this super sleek… shovel.

    Looking like something Matt Damon would use in The Martian, the Tesla shovel (yet to be officially named, we think Cybershovel sounds pretty cool?) is seen here attached to a previously unannounced tool rack on the Cybertruck at Tesla’s lithium refinery event that took place on Monday.

    The Tesla shovel is an unannounced accessory so far with no comment from the company about it. It remains to be seen if CEO Elon Musk will actually send it to production.

    It seems likely, given Tesla now sells an insanely intricate charging pad for your iPhone – an item Apple itself struggled to make – so why not a shovel?

    The black rack holding the shovel will no doubt be an optional accessory offered to Tesla customers who have waited for years to get their Cybertruck.

    According to Tesla, the new refinery in Texas should be able to produce enough lithium to power about one million EVs.

    Since announcing the Cybertruck in 2019, Tesla has ran into numerous issues creating the very unique truck, like the giant windscreen wiper required.

    Tesla still expects to start producing the Cybertruck later this year, and will use the truck to debut a new 48V architecture.

    The company has previously said it plans to start production between June and August, but its latest investor report referred to the production timeline as “later this year” which may indicate a minor delay.

    Elon Musk this morning told investors a “hand-over” event for the first customers is planned for the third quarter of 2023. Final pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to that date.

    Alborz Fallah

    Alborz is the founder of CarAdvice (sold to Nine and now Drive) and co-founder of CarExpert. He is an honourary adjunct professor & entrepreneur in residence at the University of QLD. He loves naturally-aspirated V8s, V10s and V12s and is in denial about the impending death of the internal combustion engine. The best way to reach him is via Instagram.

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