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Redesigned Cybertruck spotted at the Tesla Fremont test track (video)


The redesigned close-to-production Cybertruck prototype has been spotted being tested at the test track of Tesla’s Fremont car factory. The Cybertruck with newly updated looks and features was seen running the Fremont factory test track during a drone flyover filmmaking of the location.

Besides the design changes that we will list below, this Cybertruck prototype was seen with some tapes that most probably contain sensors. This hints at Tesla doing performing calibration testing of the Cybertruck as well.

This iteration of the Cybertruck has accidentally come to light as Tesla had decided not to display the final Cybertruck design to the public until the production timeline becomes imminent.

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Aerial closeup of the redesigned Tesla Cybertruck. Credit: Chile Al100 / YouTube (full video below).

The most visible change in the entire Cybertruck redesign is the large single windshield wiper installed on the driver’s side. This is the first time that a Cyebrtruck has been spotted with a windshield wiper since its unveiling back in 2019.

Looking at the dashboard through the windshield in the above pic, it looks like the marble texture of the dash is not going to make it to production.

Cybertruck running at the Tesla Fremont test track with the newly designed DRLs visible. Credit: Chile Al100 / YouTube.

The second significant change is the addition of the daytime running lamps (DRLs) on the front fascia (see pic above), previously, they were in the form of a horizontal light bar installed on the roof. The roof light bar does not seem to be making it to production anymore.

Unlike the original Cybertruck prototype, this one has proper side view mirrors. So the side mirrors for the Cybertruck are most probably going to be in the production vehicles.


By looking at the aerial drone footage, the bed of the Cybertruck electric pickup seems to have shrunk a little in length. Many critics and potential Cybertruck owners were concerned that this electric pickup truck is too large for their garage, Tesla might have cut a couple of inches from the bed but it’s not officially confirmed yet.

The door handles are not visible on this prototype. Cybertruck had fused but visible door handles from the start but Tesla has now got rid of them now. Earlier this year, Elon Musk had confirmed that the production Cybertrucks will not have door handles, it will open the doors as the owner walks up to the vehicle.

“Cybertruck can have any color you want, so long as it’s nothing,” Elon Musk answered the question about color choices for the stainless steel Cybertruck. However, the Cybertruck can be wrapped in any color.

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Will the Cybertruck have color wrap options from the factory? “Not at first, but there are many third-party options for wrapping,” Elon Musk replied to this question in a tweet.

Talking about his favorite Cybertruck wrap color, “Imbued gold/bronze color would be sick,” Musk replied in another tweet in response to one of my Twitter followers and friend Gail Alfar.


Right now, Tesla is not providing a specific date of Cybertruck production start but Elon Musk gave out some hints for the new Quad Motor variant and how production will proceed.

Tesla already has a large backlog of more than 1.2 million Cybertruck pre-orders worth above $81 billion. Giga Texas will be the first and the only Tesla factory for a while where the Cyebrtrucks will be built. Since Tesla decided to start Model Y production at Giga Texas first, the Cybertruck production has been delayed into 2022.

A large number of Tesla Model 3, Model Y, and Model Y cars getting ready for deliveries from the Fremont factory in the following video shows Tesla has no demand issues at hand. This is the reason the automaker chose to start Model Y production at Giga Texas before the Cybertruck.

Next update: Tesla engineers possibly testing the Cybertruck for 4-wheel steering at the Fremont factory (drone video)

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii