Do you remember where you were in 2019 when you saw the grand unveiling of Tesla’s Cybertruck? An electric pickup truck that looks nothing like a traditional one, set to change the course of EV’s on the road.
Hopefully, you didn’t start holding your breath when you saw the initial release. Nearly two years later, and none have hit the consumer market. So, when will the Tesla Cybertruck finally arrive? Let’s take a look.
What is a Cybertruck?
The Cybertruck is a fully electric take on the traditional pickup truck made by Tesla. We phrase it that way because nothing about this vehicle resembles a pickup. Well, it has the elongated back end of a pickup, but that’s about it. That elongated bit becomes the covered bed of the truck when you pop the “trunk”.
If you look at a side shot of the truck, it looks like their designers had a single ruler and pencil to work with. We’re in love with the design choice, so props to you, Mr. Musk.
It was first announced in 2019 and then there has been radio silence since. None have been produced for consumers yet.
Some Quick Features of the Cybertruck
If you’re not super familiar with how groundbreaking this new vehicle is, it will become quickly apparent as we talk about the specs.
It goes far. Like, really far. The initial teaser boasted a range of around 500 miles. That’s enough to go to Lowe’s, get your lumber, bring it home, then realize you measured wrong, broke some parts, forgot items, and do the trip 20 more times. Alternatively, it’s a long enough range to drive to a Lowe’s 4 hours away and come home with plenty of juice left in the battery.
Great for Getaways
Two ingredients make the Cybertruck great for getaways: The acceleration and the bulletproof nature of the vehicle.
The truck is said to go 0-60mph in fewer than 3 seconds. That’s about the same acceleration of a Senna, 911 GT3 RS, Ferrari 488, or an NSX. Super-fast.
Elon Musk said that the glass used in the roof, windows, and windshield of the truck is effectively armored glass. It also uses bulletproof stainless steel across the body. This is great news for bank robbers across the globe.
The Price is Perfect
Tesla announced that the Cybertruck will start with a price tag of $40,000. A new base-level F250 will run around $34,000 – so this is a surprising price point for the Cybertruck.
At the same time, how do you price a first-of-its-kind truck? 40 grand isn’t pocket change, but you would expect to pay NASA-level money for this rocket ship of a truck from Tesla.
The Cybertruck is supposed to be capable of towing over 7 tons, or 14,000 pounds. For reference, the F250 has a towing capacity starting at 12,300 pounds.
Great for Off-Roading
Their tri-motor configuration comes default with AWD. Elon recently talked about working on the dynamic air suspension that will be included with these trucks. This will help the truck handle rough terrains while still providing a seamless driving experience.
Autopilot Comes Standard
One of our favorite parts of Tesla (besides the whole electricity thing) is that their cars can drive themselves. The plan is to roll that benefit into their Cybertruck as well.
Any Cybertruck model comes with autopilot as a standard option.
What’s Holding Tesla Up?
Typical Tesla fashion is to commit to a production date, then miss it by a mile. It’s not a big surprise that the Cybertruck is continuing the legacy.
This is something that should be expected, though. Tesla is looking to change how we view cars, and they take that role very seriously. Their production runs are delayed because of the level of design, engineering, testing, and proof-of-concept required for any of their cars.
The Cybertruck is unlike anything on the market. Just like the Model 3 was unlike any car on the road when it was released. We don’t blame Tesla for taking so long, we are just eagerly waiting to pull a Cybertruck into our garage.
The simple answer is that trailblazing has a lot of unforeseen obstacles. This is especially true in 2020 when Tesla was hit hard by COVID-19. Production was slowed down even more as they struggled to keep facilities open.
Tesla likes to build hype around their vehicles, and sometimes a short-sighted production date is the way to do that. But when will the pickup actually arrive?
When Will the Tesla Cybertruck Finally Arrive?
The word on the street is that the Cybertruck will start to become available at the beginning of 2022. There are some hopefuls out there that think the tail-end of 2021 will bring some Cybertrucks to the market.
This release is only for their dual and tri-motor configurations. Their single motor Cybertrucks are not expected until 2023 at the minimum. In the meantime, maybe you can take on a Tesla lease to bridge the gap.
Earlier this year, Elon confirmed that the major work was done on their truck. That’s to say that the engineering was finished, and the project moved past just being a design.
Stay patient, fellow Tesla lovers. You’ll be able to get your hands on a Cybertruck starting in 2022 if you’re lucky enough to grab one. Tesla has historically been bad with meeting production dates, and the Cybertruck seems to be another example of this idea.