Tesla Cybertruck Recently Seen Being Filmed in Iceland

Tesla Cybertruck Recently Seen Being Filmed in Iceland

Tesla’s sensational and polarizing Cybertruck has been sighted a lot in recent weeks, as I reported over the weekend, though the sightings have not just been limited to the U.S. Recently, Tesla was spotted cold-weather testing the Cybertruck in the unlikely country of Iceland.

Above: A rendering of a Tesla Cybertruck (Image: Casey Murphy / EVANNEX).

X (formerly Twitter) user CarlosRdeA shared footage of a Cybertruck being driven in Iceland over the weekend. In my last eight years of reporting on Tesla, I have not seen the automaker take any of its vehicles to Iceland. In the footage, which takes place at a glacier in Iceland, the Cybertruck is seen being filmed, apparently for promotional footage.

In this short 20-second video clip, recorded from a far distance, the Cybertruck can be seen chasing an SUV. This SUV looks like a camera car recording the Cybertruck as it roams around in the snow and icy terrain.

As we can see in the video, the Cybertruck flawlessly navigates the slippery surface of the icy glacier, showing that the truck seems to be ready to steer in extreme cold weather environments.

When the Tesla Model Y was close to deliveries in 2019, it was spotted being followed by a Model S camera car in California, which was recording promotional content for its website. Interestingly, Tesla also took a Model Y and Model X close to the Arctic for cold weather testing recently, not too far from Iceland.

Tesla has been shipping Cybertrucks overseas to far-off countries like New Zealand, and now Iceland. The automaker's cold weather tests include validation and calibration of the Cybertuck in New Zealand, which has been going on for the past few months now.

Sending a Cybertruck to a glacier site in Iceland might just serve a dual purpose — cold weather testing, and great images and footage. Since it’s still summer in the United States, Tesla must be looking for cold-weather testing facilities elsewhere around the globe.

In the U.S., Tesla performs winter testing at a dedicated facility in Alaska. This year, Tesla has added New Zealand to its list of cold-weather testing sites, and the Cybertruck filming at a glacier in Iceland could hint at another one.

Multiple winter testing facilities would provide Tesla with a more diverse dataset, helping Tesla build better vehicles while improving the existing ones to mitigate real-world cold weather challenges.

Either way, it’s interesting to look at the progress Tesla is making ahead of Cybertruck deliveries this year. Giga Texas drone footage shows Tesla is constantly producing Cybertrucks at the factory right now. Most of these new trucks will be used for final testing, validation and promotional material, as we can see in the recent Cybertruck shoot in Iceland.

Cybertruck reservation holders are anxiously waiting to get their hands on the unconventional electric truck. CEO Elon Musk and Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen, along with the whole Tesla team, have given a new shape and form to pickup trucks. Combined with Tesla’s engineering prowess in electric vehicle development, the Cybertruck is expected by many to jolt the pickup truck industry.


Source: X (formerly Twitter)

Note: An earlier version of this article was published at Tesla Oracle. Author: Iqtidar Ali.