A Tesla Cybertruck visits the Elkhorn Battery energy storage system in Moss Landing, California, on June 6, 2022.

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tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been taking to social media this week to promote the company’s long-delayed, sci-fi-inspired Cybertruck. However, the electric automaker has yet to release final pricing and specifications for the trapezoidal pickup, which was first introduced in November 2019, and a company-wide email from Elon Musk hinted at his commitment to building the truck. “Precision” is a concern because its “straight edge” means variation is “like a sore thumb”.

In its second-quarter financial report filed with the SEC, Tesla said its Austin, Texas factory was developing “tools” for the Cybertruck, with production status at not yet active. The company also said at the shareholder meeting that it is “in the process of installing equipment for Cybertruck production and it is expected that the first deliveries this year will still proceed smoothly.”

The company has not said when it expects to be able to mass-produce the vehicle.

On Wednesday, Musk shared a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) with an image of the Cybertruck, saying, “Just drove the production candidate Cybertruck at Tesla Giga Texas!” In , a “candidate” is an early model of a vehicle that manufacturers use to measure the quality of their production systems and vehicle assembly lines.

Tesla promoters and fans suppress musk Learn more details on social platforms on Wednesday, writing in a post: “Enough hype, let’s get down to business. Please announce specs, pricing and new estimated delivery date.”

The Tesla CEO, who also owns and operates X, which bought X last year for $44 billion, replied: “When we’re ready, we’ll do it. Although I think it’s us The best product ever, but it’s an extremely difficult product to make.” . We’re in uncharted territory because it’s not like anything else. “

Musk also sent an email to “everyone” at Tesla on Wednesday about the Cybertruck and the challenges of producing the vehicle. Tesla employees shared a copy of the email with CNBC and requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media about internal matters.News of the memo was previously reported by Erek Trek.

What Musk said in the email suggests that Tesla is still struggling with the quality of the Cybertruck. Tesla shares fell slightly early Thursday after Musk’s Cybertruck comments and emails.

Below is the content of the email (transcribed by CNBC).

Author: Elon Musk

to all

Date: August 23, 2023 (time stamp removed)

theme.Cybertruck Precision

Due to the very nature of the Cybertruck, it’s made of bright metal with mostly straight edges, any dimensional changes would appear cumbersome.

All parts of the vehicle, whether internal or from suppliers, need to be designed and manufactured to sub-10 micron precision.

This means that all part dimensions must be accurate to the third decimal place in millimeters, and tolerances must be specified in single-digit microns.

If very low-cost Lego and soda cans can do it, so can we.

Precision means perfection.



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