Tesla has released a photo from its Cybertruck testing showing its enormous wiper in action – and it appears to only clean half the windscreen.
The photo was taken during testing in dirt conditions and captioned “Built to do real work”.
Based on the photo, it appears a large portion of the passenger side of the windscreen still remains dirty. Unlike, traditional wiper blades, when not in use the Cybertruck’s blade sits upright on the right-hand side of the windscreen.
It’s unclear if this will be the wiper design for the production model.
“We are now testing Cybertruck vehicles around the world for final certification and validation,” said the company in its Q2 2023 earnings report.
“This might be the most unique vehicle product in decades; with that comes trialing and testing new technologies. As far as we know, Cybertruck will be the first sub-19 ft. [5791mm] truck (fitting into a garage) that has both four doors and 6+ ft. [1828mm] bed.
“Both technologically and architecturally, this vehicle will break a lot of boundaries – very much in line with how we think about vehicle engineering and manufacturing.”
This isn’t the first time we have seen the wiper in action. Earlier this year, the Cybertruck underwent wind tunnel testing, demonstrating the singular wiper blade in action for the first time.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted back in 2021 that the company is yet to find an easy solution to the wiper problem.
Manufacturers have to ship cars with side mirrors by law, but owners are allowed to modify their cars.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2021
The wiper is what troubles me most. No easy solution. Deployable wiper that stows in front trunk would be ideal, but complex.
The original concept, debuted in 2019, went without a wiper entirely.
Other Tesla models offer a two-blade wiper system that, when not in use, folds away in the bonnet cavity under the windscreen.
Earlier this month, the brand shared a photo of its first production-ready Cybertruck in Texas.
The production line is still in its tooling stages with Tesla announcing “we have made notable progress on yield improvement of our 4680 cell production lines”.
“We continue building capacity for cathode production and lithium refining in the U.S.”