The first prototypes were made of aluminum
Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen and vice president of development Lars Moravi told how quickly the first Tesla Cybertruck was assembled. Elon Musk ordered the team to build the first prototype in just 90 days.
“Elon wanted to have the first prototype in 90 days,” Moravi said. — When you have 90 days to create a prototype, there is no time to argue. You just need to choose the best one and start working. I think it took us 93 days.”
Musk initially ordered the prototype to be completed within 180 days. But, according to Morvay’s recollections, during the same conversation, Musk eventually cut the timeline in half.
Elon Musk gave 180 days to build the first Cybertruck, and then cut the time in half
Franz von Holzhausen recalls that the design decision was a contentious issue early in development. He said it was decided to create a unique pickup truck, “something really stripped down, sort of a low-resolution pickup truck.”
We made a full-size model one day, and when Elon first saw it, he said, “This is what we do.”
Moravi said Tesla developed several prototypes using aluminum, but Musk ultimately chose stainless steel because of its ability to resist dents and scratches.
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