Tesla Cybertruck rust issues addressed by Tesla engineer

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A Tesla Cybertruck engineer has said that rust appearing on the all-electric truck is merely loose surface-level particles.

The Tesla Cybertruck has been reaching American customers since its official sales launch in November 2023, and some buyers have raised concerns about rust appearing on their brand-new vehicles. Despite social media posts showcasing rust on the stainless steel bodywork, Tesla Cybertruck engineer Wes Morrill addressed these claims. He explained on X that the Cybertruck’s “stainless is reactive, and free iron that sits on it will rust.” Morrill classified the rust as “surface contamination,” emphasizing that it can be easily cleaned off. He further asserted that Tesla’s stainless steel exhibits higher resistance to rust than even the 316L marine grade stainless steel. Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to support Morrill’s response, responding with a “Yeah” to the original X post.

The Cybertruck, which became available for sale last year after a prolonged gestation period since its initial reveal in 2019, is priced at US$79,990 for the All-Wheel Drive model and starts from $99,990 for the range-topping Cyberbeast. The entry-level Rear-Wheel Drive is expected to arrive in 2025, priced from $60,990. The Rear-Wheel Drive offers a 250-mile range, the All-Wheel Drive maxes out at 560km, and the Cyberbeast boasts a range of 500km.

While there is no confirmation on whether Tesla will introduce the Cybertruck to other markets yet.

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