Did Ford and GM Kill the Tesla Cybertruck Before It Got to Production?
The Tesla Cybertruck left automotive fans awestruck when it was first revealed. The truck’s unique design and capabilities are unlike any other pickup truck on the market. The Cybertruck was supposed to revolutionize the pickup truck vehicle segment. Instead, Cybertruck fans will have to wait and watch several other automakers produce electric trucks as Tesla focuses on mitigating the supply chain crisis. Did Ford and General Motors kill the Tesla Cybertruck before it got a chance to hit the streets?
The Tesla Cybertruck isn’t coming fast enough
The first electric pickup truck in America is the 2022 Rivian R1T. Before the R1T hit the streets, several different automakers teased electric pickup trucks. Today, as of the summer of 2022, two American electric trucks have been officially released.
The Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning are respectively the first electric pickup trucks in America. The Chevrolet Silverado EV will be available in the fall of 2023. Chevrolet is accepting reservations for the electric pickup truck now.
Tesla could manage to produce the Tesla Cybertruck before the arrival of the Chevy Silverado EV, but the company’s CEO Elon Musk has made it clear that the automaker isn’t prioritizing the production of new nameplates in the midst of a supply crisis.
The global pandemic has devastated the supply chain and taught America how reliant we are on semiconductor chips produced in other countries. Despite the supply crisis, automakers like Ford are still pumping out new nameplates and accepting huge numbers of reservations. Is the Tesla Cybertruck way too late to make an impact?
Did Ford and General Motors already kill the Tesla Cybertruck?
The Ford F-150 Lightning had over 200,000 reservations before the electric truck made it to production. According to MotorTrend, the Chevy Silverado EV has already amassed over 140,000 reservations as of late April. According to InsideEVs, Ford and General Motors are on track to control more of the total electric vehicle market share than Tesla by 2025.
Tesla’s control of the EV market share will drop from 70% to a minuscule 11% by 2025. This is largely due to two of America’s big three automakers ramping up electric vehicle production in the next few years.
Tesla got the jump on many automakers by beating them to market and producing some of the very first electric vehicles. Now that other automakers are getting EVs of their own on assembly lines, Tesla won’t be able to dominate the market the way it has the last few years.
Ford and General Motors can’t kill the Cybertruck, but these automakers can make the electric pickup truck one of the least popular options. Which automaker will win the electric truck wars?
Which automaker will produce the best electric truck?
It’s too early to tell which automaker will win the electric truck war, but the Ford F-150 Lightning seems to be the most likely to take over America. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning starts at $39,974. After the federal electric vehicle tax credit, the electric truck’s starting price is closer to $32,474.
The F-150 Lightning makes a whopping 426 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. The base model gets 230 miles of driving range. The large battery pack model gets 320 miles of range. Ford has an edge over other automakers in the truck vehicle segment, but reliability will also play a huge factor in which electric truck becomes the most popular. Will the F-150 Lightning be reliable enough to maintain a sales lead?
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