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Cybercurrency: What the Tesla Cybertruck Will Really Cost to Build

Motor Trend Logo By Motor Trend Staff of Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 8: In preparing our extensive coverage of Tesla's highly disruptive Cybertruck, we noted its almost completely flat, 3mm-thick stainless body panels would save a bundle on tooling, but because we're not auto-company cost accountants, we didn't put exact numbers on that potential cost savings. Recently I had the pleasure of serving on an Autoline Detroit discussion panel with Sandy Munro. His company Munro & Associates, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Michigan, is in the business of competitive teardown and analysis. A couple of years ago, we reported on Munro's 6,000-man-hour study of the Model 3.Sandy has yet to feast his eyes directly on the Cybertruck, let alone his tape measures, pry bars, spot-weld drillers, etc. But his team has examined the piles of photos and videos posted by MotorTrend, Tesla, and others, and come up with some great back-of-the-napkin numbers that are far better informed than we or anyone else on this side of the business is likely to come up with. And just for the record, he's a fan of the basic design because it'll take him silently into the woods for deer hunting, while its thick, stainless-steel bodywork harmlessly can fend off potential scratches and dings way better than his Wrangler Rubicon's painted body can.

In preparing our extensive coverage of Tesla's highly disruptive Cybertruck, we noted its almost completely flat, 3mm-thick stainless body panels would save a bundle on tooling, but because we're not auto-company cost accountants, we didn't put exact numbers on that potential cost savings. Recently I had the pleasure of serving on an Autoline Detroit discussion panel with Sandy Munro. His company Munro & Associates, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Michigan, is in the business of competitive teardown and analysis. A couple of years ago, we reported on Munro's 6,000-man-hour study of the Model 3.

Sandy has yet to feast his eyes directly on the Cybertruck, let alone his tape measures, pry bars, spot-weld drillers, etc. But his team has examined the piles of photos and videos posted by MotorTrend, Tesla, and others, and come up with some great back-of-the-napkin numbers that are far better informed than we or anyone else on this side of the business is likely to come up with. And just for the record, he's a fan of the basic design because it'll take him silently into the woods for deer hunting, while its thick, stainless-steel bodywork harmlessly can fend off potential scratches and dings way better than his Wrangler Rubicon's painted body can. Continue reading in the gallery above.

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