Tesla celebrated the arrival of its first electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck, after it rolled off the assembly line on Saturday, years after the first prototype was revealed in 2019.
The EV company initially said production would begin in late 2021, but experienced delays. Now, almost two years later, the first Cybertruck has been officially built.
The company celebrated the milestone on Twitter with a photo of workers in hard hats and yellow vests surrounding the truck at the facility, the Gigafactory Texas, near Austin.
Tesla owner Elon Musk the retweet the photo, saying “Congratulations Tesla Team!”
The truck’s journey didn’t get off to a good start, after a window, which was billed as unbreakable, cracked after being hit by a large metal ball during the first unveiling in 2019.
Tesla was largely silent about plans for the vehicle after that, but said in late 2021 that an updated version was coming. In January 2022, Tesla announced a delay in production until 2023, and in November of that year, Musk said production would begin “in mid-2023” after a conversation with financial analysts, according to Reuters.
The truck, which has a wedge shape and stainless steel body, allows Musk’s company to compete in the electric pickup market.
The Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian Automotive’s R1T are two of Tesla’s competitors, but Ford and Rivian’s versions look more like traditional pickups.
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