More photos of the Tesla Cybertruck testing on public roads near the automaker’s factory in Fremont, California, have emerged online. The new shots posted on Reddit show the truck in the real world, next to a cyclist and a bus, giving us a better idea of its actual size, though if you’re noticing something seems off, that’s because the front is a bit stubby in these photos.
Tesla Cybertruck Design Change?
It’s best to reserve final judgment until the first production examples roll out, as this could be an unflattering truck angle. Looking back at older photos of the Cybertruck, the front has always appeared a bit stubby. Pictures from the side consistently show how suddenly it ends at the front, but these new photos highlight this quality. If anything, it shows just how big the windshield is.
As pointed out by CarScoops, the reasoning for the snub-nosed appearance of the Tesla Cybertruck can be attributed to a couple of things, the most substantial being the material the body is made of. In December, Tesla designer Franz Von Holzhausen revealed in an interview with CNBC that stainless steel is exceptionally thick, making it impossible to fold into complex shapes. Meaning the body panels are flat and straight, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing on modern vehicles.
Adding to the stainless steel body is the fact that the front wheels are positioned forward, which was likely a decision that helped improve interior volume. In addition, the front wheel position further displays how the front cuts off at the end of the wheel well. These components combined result in the front of the truck looking stubby.
Tesla has also been testing the truck on its factory grounds and has released a teaser of the first crash test it will be willing to share with the public. We expect the production-ready model of the Tesla Cybertruck to be revealed before the end of the year, and all of the activity surrounding it suggests that production should begin by that time as well.