Recent Tesla Cybertruck news (updated April 8)
- Elon Musk has stated that the Cybertruck will be available for purchase in 2023, however the exact date is unknown. Elon Musk has stated that Tesla is hoping to complete Cybertruck development by the end of the year, in order to begin manufacturing in 2023.
- A new spy film reveals the Cybertruck’s massive size in comparison to the Model 3 and Model S.
Launch window for Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla was originally scheduled to begin production on the Cybertruck in late 2021, but that was later pushed back to late 2022. Following reports that the Cybertruck will be delayed again, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla would not deploy any vehicles in 2022. That means the Cybertruck will not arrive until at least 2023.
Initial delays were attributed to supply chain concerns plaguing the automobile industry as a whole. Elon Musk stated that Tesla would be unable to produce enough 4680 battery cells for the Cybertruck, while the steel frame would require the development of a completely new casting machine.
Meanwhile, Tesla has been candid about its objectives, stating that it will not begin production of the Cybertruck until the Texas Gigafactory begins manufacturing of the new Model Y. This was only announced in March 2022, but it immediately frees Tesla to prepare for Cybertruck manufacturing.
Elon Musk has stated that Tesla’s goal is to complete Cybertruck development by the end of 2022, with production beginning in 2023. He then stated that the Cybertruck would actually come in 2023, but provided no other details.
Meanwhile, a fresh story indicates that a smaller version of the vehicle will be presented, though it is unclear how it will vary from the original Cybertruck.
Regrettably, we have no idea when the Cybertruck will ultimately arrive, or what the delays (and the disclosure of a new quad-motor variant) mean for the dual and single motor models’ production schedules.
Price of Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla suddenly removed a slew of information about the Cybertruck from its website, including specifications and cost. However, we are still aware of the price Tesla previously stated for the truck.
The single-motor Cybertruck, which is believed to be the final one produced, will start at $39,990 – $5,000 less than the base Model 3. Meanwhile, the dual motor variant with all-wheel drive was scheduled to retail for $49,990.
The three-motor Cybertruck, which was previously the flagship model, will now retail for $69,990. The price of the newly reported quad-motor model remains unknown, as it never appeared on the Tesla website.
All four models will come equipped with Basic Autopilot, but a fee-based option for Full Self Driving will be offered. That package is presently priced at $12,000, but we expect the Cybertruck will be eligible for the $199-per-month FSD membership as well.
However, given that the price of Full Self Driving Autopilot has increased by $6,000 since July 2019, it’s quite likely that additional price increases are on the road. Elon Musk has stated as much on multiple occasions.
The Cybertruck was also intended to make its way to the United Kingdom. Musk stated, however, that the truck is presently being built to US specs, as adapting it to every country would be unfeasible. Pricing and launch specifics for the United Kingdom are currently unknown.
Tesla Cybertruck’s design is unique.
Whatever your feelings about Tesla or its CEO, there is no denying the Cybertruck’s remarkable distinctiveness. Musk has even tweeted about how he believes this is why people are attracted to the vehicle.
There is some hyperbole here, since the Cybertruck looks very much like a vision of the future from the ’90s. Nonetheless, he is correct in stating that the vehicle appears unlike anything else being developed in the automobile industry.
One thing to keep in mind about the Cybertruck is that the design we’ve seen thus far is not the final product. Musk stated that the truck will include side mirrors, which are a legal requirement in the United States and numerous other nations.
Musk has stated, however, that the mirrors are designed to be easily removed. The legality of driving without side mirrors varies by state, so prospective Cybertruck purchasers should double-check ahead of time.
Additionally, the Cybertruck has been photographed with a monstrous windshield wiper, complete with a single blade covering the entire front of the truck. Given the size of the windshield, it’s remarkable that Tesla is experimenting just a single blade. Musk, though, stated that this particular design element is not final.
Indeed, more recent leaked images provide a far clearer view of this wiper. While the wiper is still massive, it appears to be extensible, which means it can cover the entire windshield wipe in one stroke without being excessively burdensome while not in use.