Thursday, 10 September 2020 16:43

Tesla Cybertruck Poised to Start Trial Production Runs in Giga Texas in May 2021

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas is being built in an incredibly rapid manner, seemingly matching or perhaps even exceeding the pace of Gigafactory Berlin, which is looking to start Model Y production next year.

If a recent presentation from Tesla is any indication, it appears that the expedited activities in the Giga Texas complex are intended, as the company seems to be looking to start the Cybertruck’s trial production as early as May 2021. 


Tesla recently presented its “Travis County Colorado River Project Partner Pre?Qualification Presentation,” which included a rough timeframe for the upcoming Cybertruck and Semi factory. The presentation, posted on the City of Austin's website and shared by Tesla Motors Club member hridge20, revealed that Giga Texas’ “first dry-in” is set for Dec. 30, and its “first substantial completion” is scheduled for May 1, 2021. 


As noted in an Inspectapedia post, “dry-in” typically means that a building’s shell has been completed to a sufficient degree, allowing the facility and its interior to avoid damage from rain, wind and other weather-related factors. At the dry-in stage, the installation of weather-sensitive materials and equipment could commence, which, in Tesla’s case, may refer to the Cybertruck’s production equipment. 


“First substantial completion,” on the other hand, refers to the stage when a construction project is completed to a degree where it could be used for its intended purpose. With this in mind, it appears that Tesla is looking to have the installation of the Cybertruck’s production equipment done by May, allowing the company to start trial runs of the all-electric pickup truck before the end of the second quarter of 2021.
Granted, this is a very aggressive target. However, the equipment for the Cybertruck’s production line may require less time to set up compared to the Model 3 and Model Y line in Fremont and Shanghai, since the vehicle will use no stamping machines due to its XY design. The Cybertruck will not need a paint shop either, thanks to its steel exoskeleton. 

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