Cybertruck is Engineering Genius (and will be copied)

Cybertruck is Engineering Genius (and will be copied)


As Tesla’s Cybertruck continues to break
the internet and supply fodder for endless memes, I’m putting on my investor hat and explaining
why the Cybertruck is pure genius and what it means for Tesla’s bottom line. First of all, the Cybertruk HAD to look the
way it does. There’s been endless talk and debate about
the polarizing design but everyone seems to be missing an important fact. Its form is a manifestation of 4 key criteria
Tesla had in its creation. The Cybertruck MUST: 1.Be low cost (to produce, and therefore,
to buy). 2. Have extremely high utility & performance
(more than any comparable vehicles). 3. Be very efficient (aerodynamic, light). 4. Be safe. Let’s look at each of these in detail. LOW COST The cheaper a vehicle is to produce, the cheaper
it can be sold (which expands its market) and/or the better its margins can be. The Cybertruck is a real, visual example of
what removing complexity from a vehicle design does. The process of manufacturing a vehicle is
extremely complicated (production hell, anyone?). There are literally thousands of moving parts. The Cybertruck has been engineered to be extremely
efficient to manufacture. This is VERY important. There isn’t a single curve in sight for
a reason. The glass is flat. The body–a stainless-steel exoskeleton–is
folded from a single flat sheet of steel. Its sturdiness eliminates the need for a vehicle
frame, freeing up space and weight. There are no stamping machines stamping body
panels. There is no paint shop. In fact, let’s look at a video from WIRED
a few years back, showing how the Model S body is produced. Just to remind you. The Cybertruck body–its exoskeleton–is created
from single sheet of steel which is laser cut, scored and folded. Done and dusted in one process. With the Cybertruck, EVERYTHING you just saw
has become a single process. Those gigantic stamping machines and special
tooling machines are really freaking expensive and slow. Cybertruck doesn’t need them. The time and complexity involved in assembling
all those body parts is enormous. Cybertruck doesn’t need them. The paint shop is extremely expensive in cost
and time. Cybertruck doesn’t need it. How expensive are we talking? Here’s an article about a $500 million upgrade
for Ford’s Chennai factory in India which focused on reducing cost and time of vehicles
in paint shop. The result of the half-billion-dollar investment? The plant’s output more than DOUBLED. Yes, JUST speeding up the paint shop more
than DOUBLED output for the entire factory. Cybertruck doesn’t even NEED a paint shop. That greatly reduces capital costs to get
the production line up and running. More importantly, the time saved will be staggering. No more waiting for paint to dry. The bottom line is Cybertruck has flipped
auto manufacturing on its head. Tesla has innovated aggressively and deleted
enormous amounts of complexity. These new efficiencies will greatly reduce
the COST and TIME involved in producing a finished vehicle. This means Tesla can [price] Cybertruck very competitively while enjoying healthy margins, and produce large volumes of
vehicles from a very small footprint within their factories. HIGH UTILITY/PERFORMANCE. When it boils down to it, function matters
to rational buyers. Why do rational people buy pickup trucks? Because of their function. Can it carry my tools? Haul my boat? Pull my caravan? Store my bike? The Cybertruck is as utilitarian as it gets. Trucks are made to work. Work is messy. Paint gets chipped. Body panels get dented. Cybertruck eliminates both of these possibilities. No more crying about chipped paint or a ding
in the body. How about built-in 110 and 220 volt power
outlets? No generator required. Performance wise, Cybertruck smokes everything
in its price range on every metric that matters from towing capacity to storage. Speaking of. Not a square inch has been wasted. Cybertruck has more built in storage than my first
apartment did. It’s not even close. The design of the bed is ingenious. The retracting cover is a game-changer for
security and convenience. The slide-out ramp to allow easy access
to the bed is brilliant. I could go on and on and on. The point here is that Tesla has thought about everything that they could possibly do within the constraints of the design and the exoskeleton, for storage, function, features and utility. Nothing is close. EFFICIENT. Tesla’s powertrain and battery technology
are best-in-class, there’s no argument about that. They’re currently years ahead of the competition and the 500+ mile range Cybertruck suggests a battery breakthrough announcement is around
the corner which will push Tesla’s lead out further. I’m sure this has something to do with the Maxwell acquisition. Having awesomely efficient batteries is one
thing, but optimising the vehicle involves reducing weight and increasing aerodynamics
too. The “marble” looking dashboard of the
Cybertruck is actually made of paper to reduce weight. Its 3mm steel exoskeleton is heavier than the
aluminum often used in bodies, but because it is so sturdy, a traditional vehicle fame
is not necessary which reduces overall weight. At first glance, the Cybertruck may look like
an aerodynamic nightmare but if we overlay an airfoil we can see that the shape of the
truck is almost perfectly matched by the shape of the airfoil. It’s about as aerodynamic as a vehicle can
get, within reason. What these efficiencies mean are that the
energy cost per mile for the Cybertruck is dramatically less than any gasoline or diesel
powered vehicle AND it’s miles ahead of any electric competition as well. SAFE. Tesla currently produces the safest, second-safest,
and third-safest vehicle on earth. Let me repeat that. THE THREE VEHICLES TESLA CURRENTLY PRODUCES:
The S, 3 and X–are the 3 safest vehicles ever tested. Tesla takes safety seriously and despite its
brutalist appearance, the Cybertruck is engineered for safety first. Maybe you saw the sledge-hammer demo. The steel is strong as f**k and the angular
shape of the exoskeleton creates an extremely rigid shell. Triangles are tough. Steel is tough. Cybertruck is tough. Hopefully Tesla will reveal more safety details
soon but it’s obvious even from a very quick glance that the Cybertruck, structurally, is an extremely sturdy, rigid and safe vehicle. Let’s recap. Tesla’s Cybertruck is function over form,
with a hint of style sprinkled over the end result. When creating the Cybertruck, Tesla started
with a blank slate and 4 requirements: It had to be: 1. Cheap. 2. High utility/performance. 3. Efficient. 4. Safe. It is all of these things. The Cybertruck is cheap, fast and efficient to
produce (from a tiny factory footprint). The Cybetruck is mass-market-affordable, starting
at $39,900 US dollars. The Cybertruck has MUCH more function than anything
in its price range. The Cybertruck outperforms anything in its
price range. The Cybertruck is efficient as hell, way lower
cost of ownership than anything comparable. The Cybertruck is super safe. Oh yeah, autopilot. So what does this mean? No other auto maker can compete with Tesla
on ALL FOUR fronts: cost, utility, efficiency & safety unless they copy everything — including
the exoskeleton cut and folded from a single sheet of steel. Oh, and then they still need to somehow have
equivalent battery technology OR suffer lower margins. My prediction? Cybertruck’s design will become the new
normal for function-based vehicles. Consumers who want bang for their buck will
no longer be willing to pay for substandard performance or functionality. Stubborn automakers will watch in dismay as
Tesla eats their lunch. Others will sheepishly sheepishly copy Tesla’s design to compete on cost. Most of them will be too late. Due to is simplicity, Tesla will be able to
produce Cybertrucks VERY rapidly from a tiny factory footprint. Add to this the potential of Maxwell’s dry
battery electrode technology which would reduce costs and free up massive amounts of floor
space in existing factories and we could see Cybertrucks rolling off production
lines at unbelievable rates. From a Tesla investor’s point of view, this
is great news. For existing automakers, the message is clear: Copy Cybertruck or go bankrupt. So, what do you guys think? Do you believe that everyone is going to be forced to the Cybertruck design because it’s so efficient and cost-effective to produce that if they don’t, they simply will not be able to compete with Tesla on any meaningful metrics like cost? Or do you think that I’m completely crazy and I should stop smoking pot? By the way. I’m not going to. If you enjoyed the video hit the like button, leave a comment below, share your thoughts and if you’ve got any ideas for new videos, I’d love to hear from you and of course, if you enjoy this kind of content and want to see more, subscribing to the channel would mean the world to me. I’m doing this not to produce income but because I want to share what I think I know and open-source my investing journey. So I’d love your feedback and I’d love you guys to contribute ideas for future videos. Until then, I’m Steven Mark Ryan this is Solving The Money Problem and I love you all.

100 thoughts on “Cybertruck is Engineering Genius (and will be copied)

  1. Not sure who’s your industrial production advisor! The simple geometry might make it cheaper to make a prototype but in mass production it doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. Giant presses make one side panel of a car in one stroke, but each folding line (of the cybertruck) in a hydraulic folding press takes way more time.
    So mass production of origami from is not time efficient. Besides in order to make some 3D corners it will need tons of accurate welding and professional finishing and polishing.
    Stainless steel is much more expensive than steel, aluminum or some composite materials. So material cost will be much higher.
    Body strength is not necessarily an advantage for car safety. If the front body doesn’t absorb all the force of a crash through deformation, it will be transferred to the passengers. That’s why in crash tests you see the entire front of the car gets smooshed but the cabin remains relatively intact.
    I think Cyber Truck design serves at least two other purposes. It’s easy to prototype for a quick launch (they didn’t want to fall behind the current electric truck buzz) and second a clear marketing gamble to distinguish Tesla from the rest and get enormous free media coverage.

  2. Wild speculation.

    Every time I've seen regular truck buyers asked if they would buy one they said they're not interested.

    All Tesla has done has gotten a couple hundred thousand low risk "reservations" from Tesla fanboys. Regular pick up truck owners are in the MILLIONS.

    Many pickup trucks are used by people in small towns or in rural environments. They can't just hop out to a Tesla super charger whenever.

    What's the Tesla equivalent of taking a can of gas out with you? The solar panel thing? It's still pretty sketchy right now on the details. Still going to be faster to take a spare can of gas and fill up. The most he said you can get is 15 miles charge off of it. Maybe 30+ in the future. If you're way out there gas will be superior.
    Plus by the time the car even comes out the economy could be not so great. Will those people still want to buy a brand new car then? Or will they buy a cheap used truck? Timing is everything. Timing the market is everything. If the cybertruck came out tomorrow I'd say maybe it could do 'ok' in urban environments…but 2-3 years from now?? We have no idea if people will be looking to be buying new vehicles then. $39,000 is still $39,000. And why would you pay that when you could by a used F150 for a fraction of the cost and still get the type of truck you want?
    The people you have to convince is pickup truck lovers. Because they will put down the cash for the new one and then those will sift down through the used market.

  3. You know what makes cars safe ?
    Crumple zones
    the fact that they are not solid
    the absorbtion of energy.

    What the cybertruck's shell does :
    Redirect all the force on the passenger
    Kills the passenger
    doesn't get scratched.

  4. It's cool, only problem with electric towing is range. A test was done with the model x, it got less than 150 mile range towing a small camper. Good daily driver, not a heavy towing rig.

  5. BUT is the consumer ready? People tend to steer away from radical design changes. If the pre-orders are an indication it seems the early adapters are making way for the cybertruck to be a major game changer, cheers. In my part of the world (w-europe) trucks are not common. So they are a really tiny market over here. Mainly because trucks are heavily taxed, this could change with the electric trucks.

  6. Congrets to Musk and Tesla for this impressive piece of Art. I would love to be able to buy it, but unfortunatly I fear that on the roadmap for teasla europe, there is no cybertruck.
    I wanted to add that I am not convinced on the statement about safety. Autopilot for sure is the one feature that adds the most value in terms of safty. But a folded steal chassis that isn't able absorb any relevant amount of energy, if you hit another car or a wall…I don't know. All I know is that the people at tesla know their craft. So I hope they will figure it out… Well, if you get hit by another truck with 30 mph… the results will be the same.

  7. 1. We don,t care low manufacturing cost. Better sell the drive train as crate package instead o a low cost product.
    Low cost means the buyers get a lot less than they're paying,
    This is just a sham where elon musk is bullshing the world…they want to use that material on these vehicles so they get their production costs for the rockets as they intend to use the same..well, if tesla gives significant shares to the truck buyers into the companies that will use this metal sheet stuff, then by all means. But otherwise, fuck off tesla nobody is interested in bullshit. Build proper bodies with design, not a diy barn project.
    Also that metal sheeting is expesnive, so yeah, low cost my ass.

    2. Not much high utilyt from this body shape…A LOT OF LOST VOLUME.
    Performance, yes, but then see my first recommendation, just sell the drivetrain as crate options for everyone to retrofit their existing vehicles.

    3. Efficient. Yeah, that ia true, but looks like shit DIY barn project made by the cheapest people could afford. Not bad for an amateur doing it in weekends, but not something to brag about or want to own.

    4. That is the biggest pile of bullshit . This is not a road going compliant vehicle. Maybe for south africa or other 3rd world countries where gangs of thieves will try to rob you at gunpoint and you plow into them.

    To be replicated…god forbid..this is the dream of all manufacturers to create these shit very very very low cost shapes and idiots such as yourselves to thrown money at them.
    For proper wedge design see from the 70s to 90s, deisgn from designers, not DIY amateur barn builds.

  8. They could have sacrificed that aerodynamic shape of the back for some style and people would have liked it more.
    It also would have increased the amount of vertical storage in the back.
    That said, I absolutely love the truck.

  9. Tesla missed the mark. Mini Trucks will make a comeback, because they turned into mid-sized trucks. Now there is an opening for the manufactures to fill. Soon you will see them. The time for cars with pick up beds is now… Or again. Cyber Truck bed looks similar to the first Honda Ridgeline. I need to see a demo with 4×8 ft. sheets of plywood, and 10 – 12 ft. lengths of lumber. Ride a 1000cc Sport Bike up on it!

  10. 4:46 "The retracting cover is a game changer for security"
    You don't actually know this yet

    5:51 "It looks like an aerodynamic nightmare"
    No it doesn't

    6:31

    Very skeptical of the safety statistics, looks like marketing

  11. To be honest this is very futuristic car in my imagination…. and I liked it… sadly my county gas station is no even support a Electric cars…. welp… guess I have to bought the charger and put at the front of my house

  12. … no mater what a stainless steel body is not more safe and it's not the body of a car that is expensive to create its the frame modern frames are made to be extremely safe also 6 seconds is not really slow is it mate

    still it does what its supposed to do

  13. Musk is extremely over rated(fan boi's included). I would rather buy and drive a "Scion" then ever touch this piece of dog $**t vehicle. If this vehicle is ever copied, I will feel a great loss for human advancement. Millennial's have absolutely zero sense for aesthetics or functionality. Musk is a Hack and a con-artist.

  14. The moment I first saw it I was very surprised by the look, but quickly understood the benefits similarly to how you explained it. Then all the negative uproar began focused solely on the looks (and window). It's just not something that a 12yr old in a comment section is willing or able to grasp. So thank you for the video! The main issue I see is that many people would be unwilling to actually buy at release simply because either they or their friends/family don't like how it looks. I'm sure sentiments will shift after being on the road a couple years. I hope other manufacturers take some risks and make some moves in a similar direction sooner rather than later.

  15. Well, a rigid car isn't necessarily a safe one. All the other Tesla models are super safe because they have an empty trunk in the front rather than an engine. That allows the frontal part of the vehicle to soak the energy of the impact as it deforms in an accordion like fashion. But none of those cars are made from stainless steel. A very rigid car could mean a very dangerous one

  16. One big problem, people who buy trucks want them to look good, this looks flashy and pretentious (putting it mildly).. so that rules out most of that market..you're now left with your conservative ev buyer market, who are the last people who want to attract this kind of attention that this will bring. On top of this, it is in itself a giant contradiction to the principles of ev cars..big heavy and inefficient (relative to other EVs). Anyway, I hope I am wrong and one day soon you will say well I told you so.. but I really can't see this going well

  17. It basicaly military APC design language
    they can literally made those kind of var. directly from this
    and they made it for martian, very sensible design for mars terrain. Every earthian who bought it basicaly help developing it.
    If you really hate it, just stay on earth I guess

  18. I never had any interest in cars…but Tesla got me interested. I always liked things to work and to be sturdy. Finally no rubbish paint. If I want I can always put a sticker on

  19. You have Cybertruck fever and it's clouding your thinking. Here are some issues that you're either missing or glossing over.

    1. Just because a truck can be built cheaper doesn't mean it's going to cost you less. If it's in demand the price is going up to maximize profits. Telsa, despite what you think isn't in the business of saving the planet. It's in the business of making shareholders a profit.
    2. The Cybertruck looks like it was designed by Jeremy Clarkson in the Top Gear garage.
    3. The Cybertruck has completely unproven load carrying and trailer towing capability. Those are MASSIVE issues for work trucks. It's very likely ranges will be cut in 1/2 or worse when loaded with moderate cargo.
    4. It's likely even these trucks will suffer damage on work sites. They're tough but they aren't impossible to damage. What's going to happen to the vehicle structure when damage is sustained to the left rear quarter? Will the passenger door still close?
    5. How will somebody repair the left rear quarter panel? Will the repair make the vehicle significantly weaker?

    6. Where will you get your stainless steel Telsa repaired? What's the cost to fix a damaged door? or worse… the roof?
    7. Toyota has put millions into making their vehicles damage pedestrians less when hit. Telsa's CyberTruck takes the pedestrian be damned approach. How does that affect insurance costs?
    8. On that note, given the choice I'd rather be hit by a Camry please.
    9. The super rigid CyberTruck hits a concrete wall at 25MPH. It stops in 0.05 seconds. You on the other hand don't. Because you body is subjected to 25-30G's your body either gets cut in half by the seat belts OR you splatter all over the windshield like a cruise missile made of meat.
    10…. I'll leave that to the rest of the people here on YouTube.

  20. This guy should be the presenter. Elon is good entrepreneur but let's face it he still suck at presentation.
    my 2c : cyber truck looks really like Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk which is form follow function.

  21. Rigid body on a car isn't safe at all, cars crumple to absorb the impact on a crash, if it's too strong structurally you will absorb the full impact, not the chassis…

  22. So when these get popular and there's a bunch of them in a large parking lot, how exactly will you know which is yours?
    Also, if this is such a great body "design" will they start "designing" their cars this way?

  23. It'll have a mandatory crumble zones. Don't believe the hype of how strong the side panels are. They need to give or It'll kill the occupants or the driver of the other vehicle. Strength doesn't equal safe.

  24. This truck will never drive in europe in this config. Why? about 20 laws about a car has to have savety build in for peasants which will be hit by this truck. in this config you will get hurt urgently if the truck hits you. so no go cybertruck and no go copy of this savety hazard.

  25. Elon Musk is the man who started EV revolution when nobody believed in EVs. He is the man who made freaking reusable rockets that return themselves back to earth and land vertically possible, when everyone laughed saying it's impossible. He sent his car to freaking space! On his own rocket! He has the balls to do stuff nobody else would ever dare to even think about doing. Like it or hate it, but Cybertruck will succeed big time.

  26. I think that there won't be many buyers, the design is simply unordinary and stands out too much. Many people are concerned about such cars because they are too lazy to look into the fact that cybertruck is superior to other trucks; they would rather prefer to stick to the traditional and ordinary vehicles rather than switching to something better. Humans don't like change.

  27. Just watched all your videos. 5, I think. Pretty much know everything you are presenting, but I've got to say your method of presentation is totally awesome! Well thought out, witty funny, insightful. Hit the like button and subscribed. Keep 'em coming bro, can't wait for the next one.

  28. Single priece of steal? No frame? No paint? So if you dent it on a pole or a ten smashes your fender = car totaled. No paint equals no way to cover up body work. The body is bent means your frame is bent. No replacing any panels…

  29. cant imagine how this car would comply with Australian design rules… crumple zone? the front end doesn't angle up so as to push people up instead of under? sharp edges? could cause substantial damage to someone if they were to be hit or the car gets into an accident…

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