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►Tesla Cybertruck ‘on the way in 2023’
► All-electric pick-up truck inches closer
► Wedge design, 500 miles of range claimed
Tesla’s promised Cybertruck pick-up could be taking a step closer to reality after Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO, said that the company is aiming to start production by the middle of 2023.
The fully electric, apocalyptically-styled flatbed with a claimed range of more than 500 miles and a price tag verging on the unbelievable has been in a holding pattern since first being shown pre-pandemic in 2019.
Musk spoke to analysts in a call about the company’s second quarter financial results: ‘We are still expecting to be in production with the Cybertruck in middle of next year. We’re very excited about that product. It might actually be our best product ever.’ The pick-up will join the Model 3, Model S and Model X in the company’s line-up.
Although he didn’t go into any kind of specifics on a project that is now less than a year away by Musk’s timings, he did say that there are plans afoot with regards manufacturing. ‘We’ll bring another level of simplicity and manufacturing improvements with Cybertruck and future products that we’re not quite ready to talk about now, but that I think will be very exciting to unveil in the future.’
What this means for the UK is still unclear, though. The company stopped taking orders for the truck outside of America a few months ago. This could be because in a bid to control orders, as Musk said earlier in 2022 that the company has ‘more orders of the first Cybertrucks than we could possibly fulfil for three years after the start of production.’
The Cybertruck was first revealed in November 2019, at which point you could put down a £100 fully-refundable deposit. The page where you could do this is no longer accessible in the UK, although US customers can still place a deposit.
The truck has already been delayed several times, with aimed-for production dates of 2021 and 2022 both pushed back. Should we now believe the 2023 launch plan? Time will tell…
So what’s the latest on the physical truck?
The exact specs of the Cybertruck remain a moveable feast, but Musk has previously said the company is working on new-generation air suspension, and one that’ll have longer travel for off-road use. The new suspension should, as Musk put it, make the Cybertruck ‘kick butt in Baja’.
Baja isa reference to the famous Baja 500 and 1000 desert races, regarded as one of the toughest off-road races on the planet.
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What’s more, Musk revealed the Cybertruck has also shrunk by around 3%, as its design is tweaked for production.A lower windowsill height and lower centre line means the rear window will be larger – and sceptics who believe the sharp, angular design won’t meet pedestrian impact regulations may yet see a gentle softening of the Cybertruck’s styling.
With any luck Tesla will soon provide a reimagined render of the pick-up for those who have already pre-ordered the controversial EV.
Tesla Cybertruck: what you need to know
The new Tesla Cybertruck is the wedgiest pick-up truck we’ve ever seen, like a break-out from the props department of Blade Runner. And it’s no concept car; US prices will reportedly start at below $40,000. That’s the equivalent of £33,000, but don’t hold your breath – UK prices will likely cost more than the dollar prices when production starts in mid-2023. Take that date with a pinch of salt; Tesla has recently confirmed the forthcoming Roadster has been delayed significantly too.
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The radically styled Cybertruck takes everything Tesla knows about electric cars and applies that knowledge to the booming pick-up segment. So you get mind-blowing acceleration as a given, with 0-60mph promised to take ‘less than 2.9 seconds’ in the fastest, tri-motor version. That’s presumably unladen, as the 1588kg payload will surely blunt performance (and range).
Speaking of range, founder Elon Musk claims a range in excess of 500 miles with the biggest battery. We’ll update this article once we know the Tesla Cybertruck’s battery capacity and more details.
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What is the Tesla Cybertruck?
This new Tesla is ‘designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car,’ according to Musk. So it’ll tow a boat, horsebox or caravan up to six tonnes, and carry a greater load capacity than most leisure-oriented pick-ups sold in the UK. That payload of nearly 1.6 tonnes fits in a covered loadbed of 1.9 metres – and the steeply raked cover means your cargo will be out of sight of roaming eyes. Tesla naturally showed off an all-electric branded ATV quadbike to fit in the boot.
What these first official photographs don’t show is the sheer size of the thing; it dwarfed even tall adults at its Californian debut, and appears considerably taller than a Ford Raptor. The Cybertruck is also bristling with storage cubbies; Tesla quotes 100 cubic feet of lockable compartments, including the ‘vault, frunk, and sail pillars.’
Even the glass is armoured to resist break-ins (though it famously smashed during the world debut, to Musk’s horror).
It’ll go off-road – an important consideration in this rough ‘n’ tough marketplace – and the air suspension adapts 10cm up or down for extra ground clearance or to adjust when fully laden.
Perhaps the most startling aspect of the Cybertruck is its wedge-shaped styling and origami stainless steel construction: it’s more Italian styling house circa 1973 than California 2019. Just goes to show Musk’s endless appetite for surprising the car industry and turning automotive conventions on their head.
Musk claimed in a tweet that the pick-up was inspired by the Lotus Esprit from the James Bond franchise (not the first time he’s referenced this particular slice of Giugiaro-designedwedge). The ‘ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel’ bodywork is designed to be tough, easy to manufacture and echo the shiny cool of a DeLorean; it was also developed in conjunction with Musk’s SpaceX team to be one of the most durable materials known to mankind in 2019.
Why the long wait? When can I buy the Tesla pick-up?
The fully-refundable £100 deposits being taken from November 2019 was designed to get your name on the waiting list for the Cybertruck. Firm orders and configurations will then commence ‘as production nears in late 2021,’ according to Tesla at launch. It’s telling that, nearly four years later, we’re still waiting for the pick-up to arrive with owners.
There’s usually a long delay for right-hand drive production with Teslas; CAR magazine has asked for an update on UK timings.
Cybertruck specs and details: RWD or AWD
Three models will be available on the Tesla pick-up at launch, and it’s worth noting that the range-topper is the first production Tesla to get three motors, with one up front and an individual motor at each rear wheel for even more startling performance:
- Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive 250-mile range, 6.5sec 0-60mph, 110mph top speed, 3400kg towing capacity
- Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive 300-mile range, 4.5sec 0-60mph, 120mph top speed,4535kg towing capacity
- Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive 500-mile range, 2.9sec 0-60mph, 130mph top speed,6350kg towing capacity
How much is the Tesla Cybertruck?
No official UK prices yet, but it’s clear the cheapest pick-up will be the rear-wheel drive, single motor model. Tesla has now confirmed US pricing:
- Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive $39,900 (£33,000)
- Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive $49,900 (£41,400)
- Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive $69,900 (£58,000)
Full-autonomous, self-driving tech will be an extra at £5800 in the UK, according to the official sales website.
The interior of the Cybertruck packs space for six adults, with three-abreast seating in both rows. It’s a typically minimalist Tesla cabin, with barely any switchgear visible at all in this first cabin photograph (below). Note also the radically futuristic steering wheel that has more in common with arcade games than 2022-spec road cars.
The touchscreen is a huge 17-inches in size, as Tesla ramps up its digital touchpoints and tries to stay ahead of the likes of Ford, which now deploys suspiciously familiar 15in screen on its Mustang Mach-E electric car.
These pictures are all digitally enhanced renderings, so it will be interesting to tease out the finer details in the coming months.
As with many things to do with Elon Musk, this is a rolling news story – and we’ll be updating this article as we learn more about the Tesla Cybertruck, which will challenge pick-up EV upstarts such as the all-electricRivian R1T.
How long is the Cybertruck waiting list? ›
Interested buyers will have to wait at least another year, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. For those who haven't put in a reservation yet, the wait time is at least three years.How much will Cybertruck be worth? ›
Telsa Cybertruck will be released in 2021 with a starting price of $39,900. Higher-end models include a range of 500 miles on a single charge.How many Cybertruck will be made? ›
Cybertruck production will hit 500,000 units per within 12 to 14 months This is the rate at the end of 12-14 months. The total production for the first year would be closer to 200,000 units. Cybertruck production will ramp to 1,000,000 units per year by the end of 28 to 32 months.How long until Cybertruck is released? ›
The Tesla Cybertruck has been delayed to 2022. While there is no direct timeline yet, all three variations of the EV are delays to next year.How many people have pre ordered the Cybertruck? ›
Gallery: Tesla Cybertruck.
Tesla has already accumulated over 1 million Cybertruck reservations, according to the latest tally. The electric pickup truck still has strong momentum. When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck back in November 2019, the automaker started taking reservations with $100 refundable deposits.How many Teslas Cybertruck sold? ›
Gillespie's Cybertruck order number reveals that Tesla may have over three million Cybertruck orders by now. And it will take Tesla 6 years to fill those orders if the electric carmaker starts producing 500,000 Cybertrucks per year from 2021.What colors will Cybertruck come in? ›
As for the Cybertruck, the only color is actually nothing since the vehicle is not even painted. The stainless steel is completely exposed. We previously posted renders of what the Cybertruck would look like in different colors with wraps.Will I ever get my Cybertruck? ›
Elon Musk says that Tesla wants to have completed Cybertruck development before the end of 2022, ready for production to begin in 2023. He later announced that the Cybertruck would indeed arrive in 2023, and in July 2022 confirmed the truck was on track to be in production by mid-2023.Why is there no Cybertruck? ›
The Tesla CEO blamed supply chain issues and a desire for higher profits as the reasons why no new models will be introduced in 2022. If you've still got a Cybertruck reservation, you'll be waiting at least another year.
Is the Cybertruck factory finished? ›
Elon Musk just stated that they have finalized the design of the Tesla Cybertruck, after almost three years of development. The CEO admitted in a recent interview that the model will not go into production until mid-2023.Is it worth waiting for the Cybertruck? ›
The most capable Cybertruck has a driving range of a mind-blowing 500 miles. It can go from 0-60 miles per hour in about 2.9 seconds. The Cybertruck is worth the wait because of its amazing capabilities.Is the Cybertruck out for sale? ›
Tesla recently announced that its Cybertruck will finally happen—and is set to go on sale in 2023. The most expensive variant (fitted with three electric motors) can tow up to 14,000 pounds. Once released, the Cybertruck has to compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, and Chevy Silverado EV.How do I check my Cybertruck reservation? ›
- Search your email for mentions of 'Tesla' or 'Cybertruck'.
- Locate the 'Order Number' or 'Reservation Number' in the email.
- Log in to your Tesla.com account and check your 'Dashboard'.
The next level up is the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Cybertruck, which retails at $49,900. The highest trim level is the tri-motor all-wheel-drive model, which retails $69,900 plus the destination fee. Although we've covered the purchase price of the Tesla Cybertruck, there are still many more numbers to consider.Is Cybertruck limited? ›
According to Reuters' source, Tesla will have a limited production of the Cybertruck at first before increasing its output. The company unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019 at a big event, wherein Musk said that production was slated to begin in late 2021.Is Cybertruck roomy? ›
The middle front seat folds down into a console that also has three cup holders. This design is similar to many existing full-size and heavy duty trucks. The rear seat is surprisingly roomy, according to a passenger who claimed to be 6'5” tall. The passenger commented on plentiful legroom, but did not mention headroom.What is the monthly payment on a Cybertruck? ›
|Cybertruck Cost (single motor)||$ 60,000.00|
|Save $5 per day over 4 years||$ 52,700.00|
|Sale of Nissan Cube||$ 47,000.00|
|Pepper monthly payment (3.89% over 84 months ($13k deposit))||$ 640.06|
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You'll have to plunk down your name, email address, phone number, credit card number and agree to pay a $100 deposit. The funds will be taken immediately, but Tesla says the deposit is fully refundable.
How long do Tesla batteries last? ›
According to Elon Musk on Twitter, Tesla car batteries are supposed to technically last for 300,000 to 500,000 miles, which is 1,500 battery cycles. That's between 22 and 37 years for the average car driver, who, according to the Department of Transportation, drives about 13,500 miles per year.Why is the Cybertruck taking so long? ›
Tesla delays Cybertruck production due to supply chain constraints; new timeline is vague. Tesla confirmed today that it is delaying the start of Cybertruck production as supply chain issues, especially the chip shortage, would limit volumes significantly.How much does it cost to charge a Tesla? ›
It will cost around $10.49 to charge a Tesla Model 3. Depending on the variant, this is between 4 and 5 cents per mile. If you own a Tesla Model S, you can expect to pay about 4.3 cents per mile. A full charge will cost $17.55 total.What is the best color Tesla to get? ›
If you want a Tesla color that can withstand your daily drives, white or silver might be the best option for you. However, if you want a flashy red or blue Tesla, paint protection film (PPF) will preserve your car's exterior for years. These colors also have the highest resale value.Is Cybertruck waterproof? ›
According to Musk, the cybertruck will be "waterproof," allowing it to take journeys across rivers, lakes and "even seas that aren't too choppy." Musk added in another tweet: "Needs be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island, which requires crossing the channel."Will Cybertruck scratch easily? ›
Overview. The Tesla Cybertruck looks like it was dropped off by an alien race, but it has the capabilities to challenge all of the top-selling pickup trucks. With a sharp-edged exterior that is made of scratch- and dent-resistant stainless steel, Tesla's all-electric truck is seriously tough.Is the Cybertruck $100? ›
The base price for a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Tesla Cybertruck is $39,900, not including destination charges. The Dual Motor all-wheel drive version starts at $49,900 and the top of the line Tri Motor all-wheel-drive Cybertruck costs $69,900.Will Cybertruck get smaller? ›
He didn't go into details as to what the changes are, but he did say the smaller Cybertruck is around 15 to 20 percent smaller. Both vehicles' shells will reportedly be built by the same company, Steel Dynamics from Texas, whose operation is located around 100 miles from Tesla's Texas Gigafactory.Can you live in a Cybertruck? ›
Gallery: FORM Camper for Tesla Cybertruck.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted Thursday the Cybertruck might flop but said he doesn't care because he loves its unusual trapezoid-like design. He also reminded fans about promised features such as four-wheel steering and the lack of door handles.
Is Tesla truck bulletproof? ›
According to Tesla, the body of the Cybertruck is strong enough to withstand impact from a 9 mm handgun round. The body of the Cybertruck will be made of a Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel material. This body style will provide both protection and durability.Why does Cybertruck have no mirrors? ›
Musk says the Cybertruck's side mirrors are designed to be easy to remove. This way, if the rules change in the future, owners will be able to take the mirrors off. Since the mirrors will be easy to remove, some owners may just remove them and hope they don't get into trouble.How many reservations does the Cybertruck have? ›
The Cybertruck will be built at Tesla's new factory in Austin, Texas, and the single-motor rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive models are scheduled to arrive first. Initially, production of the top tri-motor, all-wheel-drive was slated for a year after, so it's possible it's delayed until 2023 now.How backlogged is the Cybertruck? ›
Tesla Cybertruck reservation backlog reaches $80 billion in value based on latest tally. Based on the latest tally, Tesla has a backlog of over 1.2 million Cybertruck reservations worth over $80 billion. But there's still no production in sight. Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck almost two years ago to the day.Is it worth waiting for the Cybertruck? ›
The most capable Cybertruck has a driving range of a mind-blowing 500 miles. It can go from 0-60 miles per hour in about 2.9 seconds. The Cybertruck is worth the wait because of its amazing capabilities.Why is the Cybertruck taking so long? ›
Tesla delays Cybertruck production due to supply chain constraints; new timeline is vague. Tesla confirmed today that it is delaying the start of Cybertruck production as supply chain issues, especially the chip shortage, would limit volumes significantly.Why is Cybertruck delayed indefinitely? ›
Electric carmaker Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) may have indefinitely postponed production of its Cybertruck. The vehicle, whose prototype was unveiled in November 2019, was due for customer delivery in 2021. Last year, the company announced a delay in its production schedule to August 2022 due to the pandemic shutdown.Will Cybertruck fit in garage? ›
It fits. The Tesla Cybertruck fits wonderfully in my garage, as you can see in the video. However, I had to bring it in as far as it could in my garage - all the way to the front inside wall of my garage. That meant there was no way for me to walk around the Cybertruck.Are they building Cybertrucks yet? ›
Elon Musk says that Tesla wants to have completed Cybertruck development before the end of 2022, ready for production to begin in 2023. He later announced that the Cybertruck would indeed arrive in 2023, and in July 2022 confirmed the truck was on track to be in production by mid-2023.
Why did Cybertruck glass fail? ›
The official reason that glass broke, according to Elon Musk's tweet later on, was that the hammer test, which was performed prior to the glass break test, caused the glass to fail before the metal ball even came into contact with the glass.Will Cybertruck scratch easily? ›
Overview. The Tesla Cybertruck looks like it was dropped off by an alien race, but it has the capabilities to challenge all of the top-selling pickup trucks. With a sharp-edged exterior that is made of scratch- and dent-resistant stainless steel, Tesla's all-electric truck is seriously tough.How durable is Cybertruck? ›
According to Tesla, the body of the Cybertruck is strong enough to withstand impact from a 9 mm handgun round. The body of the Cybertruck will be made of a Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel material. This body style will provide both protection and durability.Did Cybertruck sell well? ›
The electric pickup reservations surpassed 1.2 million, potentially bringing Tesla a US$80 billion windfall in pre-sales. While investors are cautious about the EV stock bubble that is now worth more than storied legacy automakers, the Cybertruck sales success story indicates that the bubble may not pop any time soon.How long does a Tesla battery last? ›
According to Elon Musk on Twitter, Tesla car batteries are supposed to technically last for 300,000 to 500,000 miles, which is 1,500 battery cycles. That's between 22 and 37 years for the average car driver, who, according to the Department of Transportation, drives about 13,500 miles per year.What colors will Cybertruck come in? ›
As for the Cybertruck, the only color is actually nothing since the vehicle is not even painted. The stainless steel is completely exposed. We previously posted renders of what the Cybertruck would look like in different colors with wraps.Why is the Cybertruck so strong? ›
Cybertruck is built with an exterior shell made for ultimate durability and passenger protection. Starting with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass.How long can a Tesla stay stuck in traffic? ›
After 12 hours, both cars were fine. The Model X had used more electricity, but both were capable of going another 12 hours of simulated traffic jam without running out of juice.Will Cybertruck be limited? ›
Tesla is expected to make limited production of the Cybertruck in the first quarter of 2023 before increasing output, the source said.Do Teslas lose range over time? ›
Tesla cars can travel some of the longest driving ranges of any other production electric vehicle on the market. It is natural for estimated range to change, particularly over time or with a recent change in temperature. Read more about the range and efficiency of your Tesla.