A few years ago, Elon Musk announced one of the most unique-looking vehicles the world has ever seen, an electric pickup. Additionally, it brought some exciting features to the table most people had never thought of before. However, now years have come and gone, and there’s still no sign of a production Cybertruck hitting the streets. With delays, changes, and more, will the Tesla Cybertruck ever come out?
The Tesla Cybertruck is the most unique pickup truck ever
When Tesla’s pickup was first unveiled, it was a sight to see. It’s a minimalist design inside and out, but the exterior shape is odd. The automaker’s wish is for the Cybertruck to stand out from competitors. We’re optimistic that the exterior design alone will accomplish that goal without doing anything else. On the inside and in terms of capability, the Cybertruck remains a Tesla through and through.
This unique pickup remains everything Tesla fans want with classic Tesla features like a minimalist interior, massive touchscreen, and long electric driving range. However, the influx of electric pickup competition scared Tesla away. Bulletproof windows and a strange shape aren’t enough to beat the beloved Ford F-150 Lightning. The Cybertruck was supposed to be available some time ago, so where is it?
Tesla Cybertruck delays
Initially, the Cybertruck was unveiled in 2019 and set to begin production in late 2021. However, it was later delayed until sometime in late 2022. Following this news, rumors began to swirl that the new electric pickup would be pushed back again. In response, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla would not launch any new models in 2022. In conclusion, the earliest the Cybertruck will be available is sometime in 2023.
What caused the delays?
According to Tom’s Guide, the first delay was because of supply chain issues. More specifically, the pickup wouldn’t begin production until the Texas Gigafactory started making the new Model Y. However, to this day, that still hasn’t happened. That’s why we, like everyone else, have no idea when Cybertruck production will start.
Next, although unconfirmed, Elon Musk’s tweets confirmed Tesla is working to improve the truck. Since many other automakers announced their electric pickups, Tesla wants to strengthen the Cybertruck to match competitive features. These include unique items like the GMC Hummer EV’s crab-walking capabilities.
Does anybody want the Tesla Cybertruck?
According to Electrek, Tesla received 250,000 preorders for the new model within a week of the original unveiling. Later, reservation holders at Cybertruckownersclub.com noted their tally at over 500,000. As of May 2021, almost a year ago, reservations reportedly surpassed the 1 million mark. Those with preorders might end up with a different truck than they initially planned. Tons of notable new things are being added before production officially begins.
What has changed since the original announcement?
Firstly, Tesla removed all pricing and specs from its website. Therefore, we expect many things to change by the time Cybertrucks leave the factory. Since new features are coming to the lineup, the pickup will likely get more expensive. Additionally, crab-walking, a quad-motor setup, and more are on the way. Full-self driving is available on any model for an additional $10,000.
Electrek reported that most existing preorders are for dual- and tri-motor setup. Only an estimated 17% of reservation holders chose the single-motor option. That’s all the proof we need that a quad-motor Cybertruck will do very well with fans of the unique pickup. However, with the last known starting prices, that fourth motor could cost a pretty penny.
Will the Tesla Cybertruck ever come out?
In conclusion, the Tesla Cybertruck will come out…eventually. There’s a real chance to take over the pickup truck market for this electric-specialist automaker. That’s why it might be a good thing that Tesla is taking its time. Provided the Cybertruck does not become overpriced, a capable, gas-free, high-tech, unique pickup could do very well. After all, the Rivian R1T is from a brand new automaker and hasn’t done too poorly. Could a better-known EV automaker do even better? With more affordable models than Rivian, Tesla could take over trucks next. Will the Tesla Cybertruck ever come out? We hope so, and it could be as early as next year.