Tesla Cybertruck Production Line at Giga Texas Is Busy, Testing Continues in New Zealand

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Tesla is preparing for production at Giga Texas, with recent drone footage showing that the production line is already busy. The video shows four Kuka robots on the production line assembling the Cybertruck, presumably during pre-production trials.
Tesla is expected to start production of the Cybertruck in August, with a delivery event planned at the end of the third quarter, as Elon Musk promised earlier. Judging by the number of pre-production Cybertrucks spotted on public roads, things are already advanced. A new video recorded at Giga Texas shows the progress made at the Cybertruck production line.

Last year, Tesla decided to cover the windows of the casting area at Giga Texas while trying to prevent drone operators from peeking inside. At the time, only one of the 9,000-ton Giga Presses was installed, with another one on the way. On June 23, the window covers were removed, allowing Tesla enthusiasts to see what was cooking inside. Among other things, Joe Tegtmeyer spotted both 9,000-ton Giga Presses installed.

These giant die-casting machines are already in operation. We saw earlier this month that Tesla was stockpiling dozens of Cybertruck rear megacastings at Giga Texas. Those were likely the result of machine calibrations and were not production-ready yet. If anything, the best crop will make it into a prototype or pre-production vehicle headed for crash testing.

Shortly after, more footage leaked from inside Giga Texas, showing a Cybertruck on a conveyor belt at Giga Texas. Neither the robots nor the production line was moving, which might indicate that Tesla is still testing and calibrating the machines. Two photos leaked along with the production line video, revealing a parts bin and what looks like a stamped Cybertruck stainless-steel door panel.

While this indicates that series production is still a few months away, as predicted, it also tells us that Tesla wastes no time getting everything ready. In the meantime, an earlier leak revealed that prototypes are already in New Zealand for the winter testing season. A new video shows a camouflaged Cybertruck inside a trailer, presumably being unloaded on the proving grounds. The Cybertruck in the video has the frunk wide open, revealing the massive storage space.

The images show that the frunk opens similarly to the Ford F-150 Lightning. The hood includes the daylight running lights in the upper part, while the headlights remain attached to the front bumper below. You can guess by the large opening that loading big and heavy objects would not be an issue, especially as the hood appears wider than that of the F-150 Lightning.

We're still anxiously awaiting the final specifications and pricing of the Cybertruck. Despite the 1.5 million reservations, Tesla is yet to announce the technical details. The EV maker will have the convince the customers that its electric pickup is better than the rivals from Ford, Rivian, GM, and Stellantis. Besides that, it still needs to accelerate battery cell production, which seems to be the main problem that prevented an earlier production launch.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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