- Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the company’s upcoming Austin Gigafactory Thursday.
- Musk drove a Tesla Cybertruck, which is still in prototype stage, and spoke to construction workers.
- Photos suggest it wasn’t a new prototype because it had door handles, unlike the planned final version.
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Elon Musk took a prototype of Tesla’s Cybertruck for a drive on Thursday at the automaker’s under-construction Gigafactory in Texas, which will be the home of its Cybertruck production.
-Tesla (@Tesla) April 16, 2021
Musk replied to a tweet about the Cybertruck visiting the Gigafactory, saying: “I was just there, driving Cybertruck around the site where it will be built!”
Photos also show him speaking to the site’s construction workers.
-Owen Sparks ???? (@OwenSparks_) April 16, 2021
This is the first time a prototype of the vehicle has been seen in more than six months, electric-vehicle outlet Electrek reported.
The publication added that this could be the same prototype that Musk was seen driving around Los Angeles in December 2019 – partly because of the presence of door handles.
Musk had said on Twitter in March that the updated Cybertruck would come without door handles.
The electric pickup truck doesn’t yet have a launch date, but Musk said in January that deliveries could start at the end of 2021 “if we get lucky.” He added that he expects volume production to start in 2022.
-Anuarbek Imanbaev (@anuarbekiman) April 16, 2021
Musk has been one of the driving forces behind the tech migration from Silicon Valley to the Lone Star State. Alongside the Tesla factory, Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX, neurotechnology company Neuralink, and infrastructure company The Boring Company all have operations in Texas.
In March, Musk announced that he was trying to form a new city called Starbase at SpaceX’s launch facilities in Texas.