Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Winter Testing In New Zealand

The Tesla Cybertruck continues to edge ever closer to actually starting to ship to customers with the truck now spotted in New Zealand for winter testing.

The truck was reportedly shipped to New Zealand via plane, with Electrek making the assumption that winter testing is why the EV made the trip to the country.

If that’s indeed accurate, the testing comes as around 1.5 million reservation holders continue to wait for a time when the first deliveries are starting to happen. And as Electrek asks, what kind of numbers will the truck start to shop in?

The winter weather testing is a key step on the road to making the Cybertruck ready for the world, and Tesla has reportedly used New Zealand as a location for such testing in the past. It’s previously used Alaska, “but when it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the automaker uses the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds in New Zealand.”

In fact, the Cybertruck has already been tested for winter conditions at Tesla’s own proving grounds in Alaska, so this latest move is in addition to that. The Cybertruck is expected to fare well during the tests, thanks in part to its AWD system and rear-wheel steering — even if that steering isn’t hugely noticeable.

If you’re one of those people who placed their reservation, this could be another indication that the Cybertruck is finally nearing mass production. But we probably wouldn’t start clearing a space in the garage just yet.

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