It appears that Tesla is hard at work in its efforts to prepare Gigafactory Texas for production of the Cybertruck. For example, according to comments from the electric vehicle community, it appears that several new production line robots have arrived at the Austin, Texas facility recently.
While all eyes are on Tesla’s vehicle production in the final days of the year, Giga Texas is also busy setting up its next production line. As of last year, when Tesla Giga was building its Model Y line in Texas, the company took delivery of several Kuka robots.
The Kuka robots are pretty easy to spot because they’re the bright red and orange machines that assemble some of the key components for Tesla’s electric cars. According to a bill of lading initially seen by electric vehicle advocate @greggertruck, 66 KUKA production line robots arrived in Houston, Texas, on December 18, 2022.
66 Kuka production line robots arrived in Houston on the 18th. The Kuka robots have been used on ALL Tesla production lines, just makes most sense at this time to be in regards to #Cybertruck $tsla Check out below! Incl. example of WHAT Kuka Robots are specifically! pic.twitter.com/3K4uwuSCaR
— Greg (@greggertruck) December 22, 2022
Since Tesla uses Kuka robots on all of its vehicle assembly lines, deliveries are in full swing. Suggested electric vehicle maker Giga is now setting up an assembly line for the Cybertruck in Texas. It should be noted that Tesla uses over 66 Kuka robots for its vehicle production lines.
Thus, while the delivery of the machines shows that the company is building a production line of Cybertrucks, the project is still in its early stages. It wouldn’t be surprising if Tesla ends up taking delivery of more Kuka robots in the near future. In addition to the arrival of the Kuka robot, there have been several updates from Giga Texas that hint at upcoming production of the Cybertruck. These include several job postings related to the production of components related to IDRA’s 9,000-ton giga press as well as the upcoming pickup truck.
Jobs listed by Tesla specifically for Cybertruck include Dimensional Engineer – BIW, Cybertruck, Manufacturing Operations Leader – Cybertruck, and Senior Equipment Engineer Robotics – BIW, Cybertruck, among others. The Tesla Cybertruck is expected to be the next vehicle that the electric vehicle maker’s Gigafactory in Texas will produce.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the all-electric pickup truck, partly because Elon Musk has noted that the vehicle will likely be Tesla’s best creation when it is released. Its revolutionary design, its potentially industry-leading range, and its expected power will make Tesla a serious player in the electric pickup truck market, which is currently populated by the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, and General Motors’ GMC Hummer EV.