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Tesla's Cybertruck: A Technological Marvel or a Manufacturing Challenge?

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Saboor Bayat
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Tesla's Cybertruck: A Technological Marvel or a Manufacturing Challenge?

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc., has voiced apprehensions about the impending challenges with the Cybertruck, drawing parallels to the complications encountered with the Model X. The yet-to-be-released Cybertruck, renowned for its distinctive stainless steel body, is Tesla's pioneering high-voltage vehicle aimed at faster charging. However, the vehicle's complexity could pose as a 'terrible strategy,' akin to the Model X that struggled to achieve high volumes due to its multifarious features. In contrast, the Model 3 and Model Y, marked by simplicity and ease of manufacturing, proved more triumphant, suggesting that Tesla's approach with the Cybertruck might be retrogressive.

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Cybertruck's Complexity: A Potential Setback?

Despite the impending challenges, Musk foresees a period of 'blood, sweat, and tears' spanning 12 to 18 months to reach significant production volumes. The goal is to produce an ambitious 250,000 Cybertrucks annually by 2025. However, the vehicle's announcement, although met with fanfare and a memorable reveal event, has faced criticism for its unusual features such as the stainless steel finish and unconventional bed and roofline. In effect, any slight imperfections become highly noticeable, compelling Musk to demand high precision in its manufacturing.

Analysts' Take on the Cybertruck

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An analyst has even suggested that forsaking the Cybertruck could augment Tesla's shares. This assertion comes in the wake of the vehicle's pricing and specifications being expunged from Tesla's website, coupled with leaked photos of a prototype revealing misaligned panels and gaps, signifying potential issues with the vehicle's concept. Despite this, Tesla is gearing towards commencing deliveries of its long-awaited Cybertruck on November 30, marking a delay of over two years from the initial timeline.

Production Challenges and Market Reception

The production challenges for the Cybertruck primarily stem from the use of a stainless-steel alloy for the truck's body and scaling up production of the new 4680 batteries. Nevertheless, Tesla could potentially benefit from a pent-up demand for the Cybertruck, given that over a million people have already reserved their place in line by making a $100 deposit. As Tesla's share of the US electric vehicle market slipped to a new low in Q3, the company continues to be optimistic about its future, setting a goal to deliver 1.8 million vehicles in 2023.

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