Tesla has published several job postings related to Cybertruck production, in the clearest sign yet that the futuristic electric truck is getting closer to reality.
The Cybertruck was first unveiled in 2019, and had an original release date of the end of 2021. Little did Tesla know that a global pandemic would hit before then, shutting down industries and wreaking havoc on worldwide supply chains in the process.
That target date has been shifted several times since, with the most recent update that production would start in mid-2023.
Tesla appears to believe in this timeline and has published numerous job postings for various positions to do with Cybertruck production.
The positions include several to do with BIW, or Body in white, the stage in manufacturing in which a car body’s frame has been joined together.
Positions in BIW include a Dimensional Engineer, Senior Equipment Engineer, Dimensional Engineering Manager, Equipment Engineering Manager, and Senior Equipment Engineer Robotics.
Tesla has also published a job posting for a Cybertruck Manufacturing Operations Leader, which will be “responsible for meeting the production forecast.”
UPDATE Nov 11 9:34pm PT: Tesla has now added four more Cybertruck related jobs seeking an Equipment Manager, CNC – BIW, Senior Process Engineer – BIW, Maintenance & Reliability Engineer – BIW, and Senior Equipment Engineer, Joining – BIW.
Tesla has likely published these job postings first because of the Cybertruck’s unique design, which will be built with a stainless steel exoskeleton, a first in the automotive industry. The Dimensional Engineer posting describes how the position will be “to understand, help define and ensure lines are following body accuracy, fit, gap and craftmanship specs.”
Along with these job postings, there have been several other hints that Cybertruck production is getting closer. Two Cybertruck frames were recently spotted inside Giga Texas, with the speculation being that they will be used to help calibrate the production lines.
The massive 9,000 ton Giga Press from IDRA Group is also on its way to Austin, Texas.
Hopefully Tesla doesn’t hit any speed bumps along the way and we see the first Cybertruck’s hitting the road in the second half of 2023. With a slow production ramp and the long waitlist, it likely won’t be until late 2023 or even into 2024 until we see a Cybertruck arrive in Canada.