The Tesla Cybertruck might enter manufacturing with a steering yoke as a substitute of a traditional steering wheel, the corporate’s chief designer Franz von Holzhausen stated in a current interview.
The Cybertruck has been in growth for a number of years, and up to date prototypes have been noticed with yoke steering following the introduction of the aviation-inspired management on the refreshed Tesla Mannequin S and Mannequin X.
However whereas Tesla lately determined to supply a standard steering wheel choice to Mannequin S and Mannequin X clients, it appears to be like just like the Cybertruck might launch with the yoke.
Franz von Holzhausen stated on the Journey the Lightning podcast with Ryan McCaffrey that the Cybertruck’s design was “basically finished” and that the corporate is leaning towards yoke steering for the electrical truck.
“I think the yoke makes a lot of sense, you know, once you experience it, it’s a great driving experience combined with Autopilot. It makes the whole user experience and interior cockpit simpler and cleaner. So yeah, we’re looking at the yoke there too.”
Nonetheless, von Holzhausen added that no remaining resolution has been made but as Tesla retains its choices open regarding automobile designs. “We work consistently through the entire process, and we’re constantly working on every detail and the refinement of that,” the design boss stated.
Tesla’s steering yoke noticed blended evaluations from homeowners of the brand new Mannequin S and Mannequin X, and even got here beneath the scrutiny of NHTSA for a short interval.
Some Mannequin S and Mannequin X homeowners who have been dissatisfied with the yoke took issues into their very own palms and changed the yoke with a standard steering wheel as a part of DYI initiatives. That is not obligatory as Tesla now presents a traditional steering wheel possibility for its flagship fashions.
Will the identical factor occur to the Cybertruck or will Tesla supply the electrical pickup truck from the get-go with two steering selections, the yoke and a traditional wheel? That continues to be to be seen, and we are going to probably study extra about it later this yr when Tesla begins manufacturing the Cybertruck.
The corporate is about to start preliminary manufacturing in mid-2023, with quantity manufacturing anticipated to start out earlier than the tip of the yr.