Tesla is making progress in the production of its Cybertruck, with the latest drone flyover of the Giga Texas factory showing that the company has started assembling the 9,000 ton Giga Press that will be used to produce the Cybertruck's body. The footage, captured by drone operator Joe Tegtmeyer, shows that the base for the Giga Press has been installed, and one of the two massive compression plates has been placed on top. The other plate is seen lying on the ground in the background, ready to be installed.
This is a significant development for the Cybertruck project, as the Giga Press is a massive casting machine that is crucial to the production of the Cybertruck's ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel body. Tesla has been shipping the Giga Press to the Giga Texas factory in recent weeks, and it is expected to be fully assembled and operational in the coming months.
In addition to the Giga Press, Tesla has also started preparing the foundation for a second 9,000 ton Giga Press. While it is unclear whether this second machine will be installed simultaneously, it is a positive sign that Tesla is planning for the future and preparing for increased production at Giga Texas.
This news comes after Tesla's chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, recently confirmed some of the features that the Cybertruck will be coming with, including a yoke steering wheel and door handles that will function the same as the Model X front doors. Von Holzhausen also teased that there are still features that haven't been announced, but that they will be "pleasant surprises" that are the "right competitive things for the product."
Overall, the latest footage from Giga Texas is a positive sign for the Cybertruck project, and it suggests that Tesla is on track to begin production in mid-2023, as previously announced. The company has also already started hiring for the Cybertruck production line, publishing numerous job postings in recent months. However, two important pieces of information that have yet to be revealed are the final pricing and the design of the Cybertruck. Tesla is expected to announce this information during its Q4 and 2022 earnings call later this month, or possibly during Investor Day in March.
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