Fighting corrosion: new challenges for Tesla Cybertruck

23. 02. 2024 | Natalie Bezděková

Deliveries of the Tesla Cybertruck electric pick-up truck have only recently begun, but rumours have already started to circulate about possible corrosion on its unique bodywork. Even though the Tesla automaker introduced the Cybertruck back in 2019, deliveries to American customers didn’t begin until November of last year. However, it’s no secret that a short time after the launch, photos of tiny orange dots on the car’s body started circulating on social media and discussion forums.

The body of the Cybertruck was presented as being made of stainless steel, which was supposed to ensure its high durability and reduce the need for traditional painting. However, rumors of surface corrosion on the car have raised concerns among owners and potential customers.

An explanation for the situation was provided by Wes Morrill, Cybertruck’s chief engineer, via social network X. Morrill explained that while stainless steel is reactive and can have loose iron adhering to it, causing rusting, this rust is only surface contamination and can be easily cleaned up. Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and CEO, simply responded to Morrill’s explanations by saying “Yeah”.

Morrill went on to say that the material used to make the body of the Cybertruck has a higher corrosion resistance than the common marine grade 316L stainless steel. He even showed in the video that similar deposits of surface corrosion can be found on the painted body of other cars.

Despite these corrosion concerns, the Tesla Cybertruck remains an interesting model that attracts attention with its futuristic design and innovative features. However, customers will continue to closely monitor developments and the automaker’s response to this issue.

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Natalie Bezděková

I am a student of Master's degree in Political Science. I am interested in marketing, especially copywriting and social media. I also focus on political and social events at home and abroad and technological innovations. My free time is filled with sports, reading and a passion for travel.


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