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TESLA CYBERTRUCK PRODUCTION COULD START AS EARLY AS MAY 2021

Reports Indicate That The Austin, TX Facility Could Be Ready By Springtime

Tesla Cybertruck Deliveries Production
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California is falling apart. And Tesla’s quick HQ exodus to Austin, Texas couldn’t be more of a sign of the times. And the company is moving quickly, too. Because according to official documents Tesla prepared for the Request For Proposal stage, where contractors bid for various construction work, the electric automaker is targeting a “substantial completion date” by May 21, 2021. But most people in construction will tell you that deadlines are subject to change. But ultimately, what this means, is that we could see the Tesla Cybertruck production commence by late spring, if not early summer, of 2021.

As pointed out by CNET, the American Institute of Architects defines “substantial completion” as when the project sits at a point where the building can function as its intended purpose, but not entirely finished. Recent timelines pinned the range-topping tri-motor Tesla Cybertruck to roll off the assembly line by late 2021, followed by less powerful models in 2022. Tesla will also allocate Model Y production for eastern sales regions in the United States, freeing up space at its original plant in Fremont, California.

Tesla Cybertruck Interior

In terms of its competition, the Rivian R1T and R1S are scheduled to go online by June 2021 out of Normal, Illinois. A few months following will be the 2022 GMC Hummer EV out of Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan. Deliveries of the Bollinger B1 and B2 electric SUV and truck are expected to take place in the first half of 2021. The Lordstown Endurance electric truck is expected to begin deliveries out of Ohio by early 2021. And the Nikola Badger fuel cell EV truck will be built by General Motors starting 2022.

Work has already begun at the site in Austin, but the real work will start as RFPs go out for electrical, plumbing, carpentry and HVAC this month, according to the documents. In November, the automaker plans to send RFPs for architectural interiors. According to Tesla, the entire construction will cost about $400 million.

Austin, Texas won Tesla over other cities such as Tulsa, Oklahoma. As with most major decisions that determine a location, it was incentives and tax breaks that Texas dangled in front of Elon Musk and company that locked things in. Not to be completely left out, Oklahoma nevertheless plans to try and woo the automaker’s supplier base as it prepares to begin production in Texas as early as next year.

The Tesla Cybertruck is expected to be a Class 2b or Class 3 truck. This means that it won’t be subject to processes such as crash testing, adding airbags, pedestrian safety, or range testing. In effect, costs are reduced. Whether or not this is a practice that should be followed is debatable.

Tesla Cybertruck

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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