Tesla’s Cybertruck will finally enter mass production at the end of 2023, according to a Reuters report that cites two people with apparent knowledge of the electric vehicle maker’s plans. Musk, who’s plate has gotten even larger following his Twitter acquisition and the controversies it’s prompted, mentioned that the Cybertruck was in its “final lap” last month, with preparations being made at the Austin plant to serve the hyped vehicle that counts a “nearly impenetrable” exoskeleton and up to 3,500 pounds of payload capacity as some of its chief highlights. Order buttons are still active on the official Cybertruck site, indicating that Tesla is still accepting pre-orders for a $100 “fully refundable” payment.
Musk has warned that the Cybertruck’s final specifications will differ from what Tesla originally published for the concept version of the vehicle, which looked like this, according to its Wikipedia entry:
|Model||Range (EPA est.)||0–60 mph (0–97 km/h)||Top Speed||Payload||Towing capacity||Price (USD)||Availability|
|Single Motor RWD||400 km (250 mi)||< 6.5 seconds||175 km/h (110 mph)||1,600 kg (3,500 lb)||3.4 t (7,500 lb)||TBA ($39,900)||TBA|
|Dual Motor AWD||480 km (300 mi)||< 4.5 seconds||195 km/h (120 mph)||1,600 kg (3,500 lb)||4.5 t (10,000 lb)||TBA ($49,900)||TBA|
|Tri Motor AWD||800 km (500 mi)||< 2.9 seconds||210 km/h (130 mph)||1,600 kg (3,500 lb)||6.4 t (14,000 lb)||TBA ($69,900)||TBA|
|Quad Motor AWD||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
From a Reuters report:
Tesla (TSLA.O) aims to start mass production of its Cybertruck at the end of 2023, two years after the initial target for the long-awaited pickup truck Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled in 2019, two people with knowledge of the plans told Reuters.
It [means] a wait of another year for the estimated hundreds of thousands of potential buyers who have paid $100 to reserve a Cybertruck in one of the most highly anticipated and closely tracked electric vehicle launches ever.
It has not announced final pricing on the Cybertruck, showed the production version of the vehicle or specified how it will manage the battery supply for the new model.
In 2019, Tesla had projected an initial price of under $40,000, but prices for new vehicles have shot higher since then and Tesla has raised prices across its lineup.