Tesla Design Chief Talks Cybertruck, Roadster, and More in New Interview

Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, recently sat for an interview with IGN Executive Editor Ryan McCaffrey on the latest episode of Ride the Lightning, his unofficial Tesla podcast.

The two spent close to an hour talking about several different topics, including Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck, the next-generation Roadster, and the changes the all-electric automaker recently made to its Model S refresh.

Tesla plans to start producing the Cybertruck in mid-July, with the company currently assembling the “Giga Press” aluminum die-casting machine that will produce the chassis and panels for the vehicle.

Late last month, we got a rough estimate of the Cybertruck’s bed lengths as one preorder holder used the augmented reality (AR) tool on his iPhone to measure the pickup. According to a November report, Tesla could begin delivering its all-electric pickup truck by the end of 2023.

Tesla’s Roadster refresh, meanwhile, has a more nebulous release timeline. In December 2021, the company completely removed Roadster pricing from its website. Even so, the Roadster remains the world’s most-anticipated EV by Google searches.

Holzhausen also shared his thoughts on Cybertruck competitors from other automakers, many of which — like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T — have already hit the market. Furthermore, the design chief talked about the Model 3 potentially making the switch to 4680 battery cells with structural battery packs.

You can check out Holzhausen’s full interview here.