Tesla has quietly confirmed that its futuristic electric pickup, the Cybertruck, won’t be widely seen on public roads until next year. This is according to the company’s official configurator, which plainly states that production of the Cybertruck isn’t expected to begin until 2022 at the earliest.
It’s disappointing news particularly for those who were the first pre-order the expensive vehicle, being that Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated during a quarterly earnings call in January that the company would be able to fulfill at least a handful of Cybertruck orders this year. That isn’t happening.
Tesla’s Cybertruck comes in single, dual, and tri-motor drive-train options. The latter configuration comes at a cost of $69,000 and offers 0 to 60 MPH in under 2.9 seconds, over 500 miles of range, and an extended towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds.
The Cybertruck’s unveiling is still fondly remembered thanks to one of Musk’s employees, who accidentally shattered one of the vehicle’s supposedly unbreakable windows with a rock during a demonstration. The production version of the Cybertruck will presumably have stronger screens that come closer to that marketing claim.
CEO Elon Musk also warned that Tesla is going to have some challenges in bringing the Cybertruck to production due to features, like the steel exoskeleton body that requires completely new manufacturing processes.