It’s been almost a year since the Tesla Cybertruck graced our screens with its radical angular design and larger than life performance specs. It’s also been just about long enough for most of us to forget the Cybertruck’s glass incident during the reveal. With competitors like the Hummer EV and Rivian R1T due to arrive relatively soon, it’s worth investigating what happened to Tesla’s EV truck.
Has the Cybertruck changed at all?
Strangely, no. Despite offering a design that doesn’t seem to meet any government standard, the Tesla Cybertruck isn’t changing. Aside from the overall design, skeptics also speculated that the Cybertruck would shrink considerably.
When asked about the Cybertruck’s size, Tesla CEO Elon Must responded on Twitter, saying: “Even 3% smaller is too small. Will be pretty much this size.” While this optimism is positive, it comes far ahead of the release of the actual production version. It remains to be seen whether or not vehicle regulations will force a change.
In terms of trim levels, Tesla hasn’t implemented any changes there either. Here’s a quick refresher, the funky-looking EV truck will be available in three trim levels. The first is a single-motor configuration with a rear-wheel-drive for $39,990. The second is a dual-motor setup with an all-wheel-drive for $49,990. The range-topping trim is the tri-motor with all-wheel-drive for $69,900.
What’s the latest news then?
For starters, we now know that the Tesla Cybertruck will be built in the company’s Texas-based Gigafactory, according to Teslarati. While the factory is still under construction, all signs point toward the Cybertruck being the first new model to hit production.
According to Teslarati, the Cybertruck’s lack of paint means that it doesn’t require a paint booth to go into production. This means that the EV truck could eventually reach production despite the factory not being complete.
Aside from finding somewhere to build it, Tesla has also been updating its infrastructure to charge it. One look at the Cybertruck reveals that it in no way fits into a traditional parking spot, much less one at a charging station. To combat this, Teslarati reports that Tesla has already received permits to construct larger parking spots at its supercharging stations to accommodate the enormous truck.
While these updates may seem small, they reveal some significant details. First of all, the need for larger parking spaces means the Cybertruck will likely not scale back its size. A second report by Teslarati also claims that Tesla aims to start production in May of 2021, meaning we should see a finalized design sometime at the beginning of 2021.
Can the Cybertruck live up to the hype?
Aside from the radical design, what impressed most about the Tesla Cybertruck where its seemingly impossible performance figures. As battery technology improves and Tesla produces faster cars, the Cybertruck seems less farfetched.
Tesla claims the top-trim Cybertruck is capable of hitting 60mph in under 2.9 seconds. Aside from pure speed, the Cybertruck will supposedly have a maximum towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds. Most importantly, despite its enormous size and weight, Tesla claims the Cybertruck will come with over 500 miles of electric range.
During the release of the Cybertruck, these stats seemed like just hype, only to be changed later down the line. However, the recent unveil of the tri-motor Model S Plaid demonstrates further development of the tech that will eventually make its way into the Cybertruck. While it remains to be seen, the Cybertuck might live up to the hype.