With the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck set to enter production later this year, the U.S. electric carmaker is putting more and more prototypes on the road to test for potential flaws and problems. A test mule for the model was recently spotted in Fremont, California, looking far more refined than ever. According to insideevs, the body panels of this particular unit appear to be almost flawless.
The prototype also featured a windshield wiper and triangular rearview mirror. Also, this test mule lacks door handles, like past prototypes.
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On the reddit thread, someone commented that the Cybertruck looks rounder than before, especially the nose, but on closer inspection, it might just be shinier metal hiding the actual shape of the nose. However, some reviewers weren’t in awe of the Cybertruck’s look and feel at all, calling the vehicle “ugly.”
Notably, the test vehicle’s wheels did not cover the now-patented black casing of the original concept shown in 2019; instead, Tesla is using off-the-shelf wheels for development purposes, presumably because they are readily available, reports pointed out.
Tesla has started a pilot production line at its Gigafactory in Texas for the Cybertruck test vehicle, with customer orders expected to begin “later this year.” In 2023, CEO Elon Musk will likely show the world the first finished Cybertrucks.
Tesla is expected to reveal the exact specifications and price of the Cybertruck at the delivery event. Based on the automaker’s history, some vehicle deliveries are expected at the event, while actual deliveries could take several months.
First published date: April 30, 2023 at 16:49 PM CST