Tesla Cybertruck Engineer: Rust Spots Are Just "Surface Contamination"


tesla cybertruck engineer rust spots are just surface contamination

At this point, the Tesla Cybertruck has made so many headlines that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. Good or bad, the EV gets a ton of attention, most recently for reports that some owners noticed its stainless steel body rusting in places.

The claims immediately went viral, with people across the internet chiming in to poke fun or offer support for Tesla. Now, a Tesla engineer has stepped up to defend the truck, and it appears that the “rust” might be easily cleaned.

Earlier this week, Cybertruck lead engineer and director of reliability, test, and analysis Wes Morill took to X to offer details on the truck and its unique body. “Stainless steel is reactive, and free iron that sits on it will rust. It’s surface contamination only and can be cleaned off easily.” CEO Elon Musk responded to the post in agreement, and several loyal Tesla fans chimed in.

The controversy started on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum as images from two owners surfaced, appearing to show small orange spots, which they said looked like rust or corrosion. Morrill’s post on X featured a link to the “Bearded Tesla Guy” YouTube channel, which published a video to show that the spots could be cleaned.

The YouTuber speculated that the spots could be caused by debris accumulating on the body during shipping. He found that window cleaner wasn’t effective, but stainless steel cleaner was. Even so, he admitted that the spots were disappointing to see on a new truck with a price tag of more than $100,000.

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