Tesla’s SUV, the Cybertruck, is soon to be released for sale, but the company’s CEO Elon Musk doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the quality of the cars that have rolled off the production line so far.
In an email to Tesla employees, which the Cybertruck Owners Club has obtained, Musk writes that the gaps between the body parts do not appear entirely consistent, something that he aesthetically seems to dislike. Musk writes in his email:
Due to the nature of Cybertruck, which is made of bright metal with mostly straight edges, any dimensional variation shows up like a sore thumb.
All parts for this vehicle, whether internal or from suppliers, need to be designed and built to sub 10 micron accuracy.
That means all part dimensions need to be to the third decimal place in millimeters and tolerances need to be specified in single digit microns. If LEGO and soda cans, which are very low cost, can do this, so can we.
This is not the first time Musk has opinions about gaps in Tesla’s bodies. In 2018, similar issues seem to have arisen with the Tesla Model 3, and at that time, Musk wrote in an email to the employees:
Our car needs to be designed and built with such accuracy and precision that, if an owner measures dimensions, panel gaps and flushness, and their measurements don’t match the Model 3 specs, it just means that their measuring tape is wrong.