This is just embarrassing.
Paint It Black
In theory, we're less than a month away from Tesla's long-awaited Cybertruck delivery event at the company's Gigafactory in Texas.
Case in point is a new flavor of Cybertruck with a matte-black wrap, which Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen himself was driving around Southern California over the weekend.
It didn't take long, however, for alarm bells to go off. The vehicle is in a truly abysmal state, as InsideEVs contributor Daniel Golson, who got a first-hand view of the truck, points out, with massive gaps separating the pickup's awkwardly angled stainless steel body panels. Even the boxy tail lights are completely misaligned from each other.
Sure, while we can chalk at least some of these shortcomings up to the fact that we're looking at a prototype — or at least we hope it's one — it's still astonishing that the company's willing to have this particular one be seen in public so close to Tesla's delivery event.
Don’t worry everyone, the Cybertruck looks horrible in matte black too pic.twitter.com/hMu0mUk1zJ
— Daniel Golson (@dsgolson) November 5, 2023
None of this should be too surprising. After all, Tesla has a horrible track record when it comes to the fit and finish of its luxury vehicles, and the same goes for Tesla CEO Elon Musk's much-beloved pet project.
Beyond these glaring issues, the truck may also end up being a massive money sink for the EV maker. During last month's earnings call, Musk admitted that "we dug our own grave with the Cybertruck," pointing out how it was "incredibly difficult to bring to market" and predicting it won't be profitable until 2025.
The clock is ticking and Tesla's widely anticipated delivery event is mere weeks away. Whether the Cybertrucks the company will show off on stage and start delivering to customers will look any better than von Holzhausen's blacked-out version remains to be seen.
As always, there are plenty of risks to being an early adopter — and that's especially true for a difficult-to-make truck being sold by a company that's already notorious for its lack of attention to detail.
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