When Tesla revealed its groundbreaking Cybertruck last week, there was plenty to be shocked about. From the electric vehicle’s ability to protect against sledgehammers and bullets to its incredible strength of pulling heavy objects at fast speeds, there are features aspects to awe at. However, there was also surprise at the unique design of the upcoming vehicle.
It’s got everybody talking
Some were critical of the simplicity of its look. Whereas many were not impressed with the lack of curvature. While others were complimentary of Cybertruck’s originality and futuristic aesthetic. Nonetheless, despite the coldness of the gray shell, there is a method behind the madness.
Teslarati reports that Tesla’s other flagship projects such as the Model S, X, and Model 3 don’t use the same exoskeleton as the Cybertruck. This truck’s body is created with a variant of 3000 series stainless steel that’s cold-worked many times. This metal is extremely durable and is similar to the steel used with Elon Musk’s SpaceX project Starship.
With this system, Tesla is able to change the way it processes the truck’s body panels. Instead of the usual stamping procedure, the frame will be laser cut and folded. Much like the Japanese art of origami, the frame is folded into shape rather than being cut separately then stamped together.
Musk is also able to save money with this process. This is because a stamping machine is one of the most expensive components in an auto factory. Therefore, he is able to drop this resource-draining system for a much more cost-effective process.
This is even more appreciated when acknowledging the fact that the Cybertruck is one of the first vehicles of its kind and requires an extremely powerful shell for its customers.
Even though there are cost benefits, Elon Musk confirmed that the actual reason why Tesla doesn’t use a stamping press for this project is because the durable stainless steel breaks it.
“Reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can’t stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press,” he said via Twitter
A new era
Tesla saves even more on costs as it is able to skip the painting process with the application of stainless steel. The company further skips the resource-intensive process of dealing with paint job queries from customers.
It had various issues when repainting previous releases such as the Model 3. With the absence of a stamping press and painting equipment, space is also saved. This allows the Cybertruck to be produced in smaller areas, saving further on overheads.
The Cybertruck will retail from $39,900. Will you be considering to order one? Let us know your thoughts on the design in the comment section.