While yet another beta Cybertruck prototype has been seen on road, its steel wheels have left many internet users amused
As of today, the Tesla Cybertruck is arguably the most-awaited electric vehicle for many. The interest in the upcoming offering can be gauged by the over 1.6 million pre-orders Tesla Inc has already garnered. As the new EV inches closer to its commercial debut, its beta prototypes have been logging miles on the public roads for the last phase of fine-tuning. The Cybertruck has been spotted yet again, but its steel rims have certainly left many perplexed.
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Wheel Force Transducers
The test mule is a part of the fleet of beta prototypes prepared before the truck gets into production. Most of the prototypes have been spotted around California. The test mule reveals a design update or a new feature in most such sightings. So far, we’ve seen Cybertrucks that have a colossal wiper-blade or a new front end, or even a raised air suspension. That said, it’s only the first time we’ve seen a Cybertruck running on steel wheels. It even carries some measurement devices for chassis testing.
One of the wheels seems to have Wheel Force Transducers – a multi-axial precision measurement tool that records as many as three forces and moments on the wheel. The instrument plays a vital role during the chassis testing and development of chassis components of vehicles. While recording, the wheel force transducer measures forces on the tire contact patch.
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Full-fledged Production of Tesla Cybertruck to Start Next Year
The production lines of the Tesla Cybertruck seem to be ready, and the manufacturing of the highly awaited EV could start very soon. In fact, CEO Elon Musk has already announced that the production of the Cybertruck will start this summer. That said, manufacturing will begin at fully capacity only in 2024. The truck has certainly taken a long time to enter serial production. It was first previewed in November 2019 and its launch has been delayed due to the pandemic. Also, Chief Vehicle Designer, Franz von Holzhuasen’s team seems to be taking a bit long to refine the design. However, the designer reveals that the all the features and dimensions have already been frozen.
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