AUSTIN, TX – During their recent 2023 third-quarter earnings call, Tesla announced that the company’s long-gestating Cybertruck will, after years of delays, be finally delivered to customers on November 30 at its Gigafactory located in Austin, Texas. The announcement comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk first debuted the ambitious light-duty pickup back in November 2019.
The Tesla Cybertruck is an electric battery-powered light-duty truck, with three models announced with EPA range estimates of 250–500 miles and an estimated 0–60 mph time of 2.9–6.5 seconds, depending on the model. When he first showed off the initial concept version of the Cybertruck, Musk stated that Tesla’s goal was to provide a “sustainable energy substitute” for the thousands of internal combustion engine powered trucks sold every day in the United States.
Tesla had previously announced the completion of the first model of the metallic, wedge-shaped Cybertruck back in June of this year. However, that milestone was tainted by the fact that when Musk first showed off the vehicle’s prototype in 2019 – which included an infamously botched demonstration of its “bulletproof” glass windows – he initially claimed that production was due to start in 2021.
With the Cybertrucknow due to be delivered to customers, the question remains how quickly the EV will be rolled out going forward. Musk had previously told shareholders that the unconventional design of the vehicle may create issues hamstringing the rate of speed at which they are able to manufacture them. One of the main problems stemming from the Cybertruck construction process, Musk noted, is the fact that its body is constructed entirely out of stainless steel, which can be both difficult to work with and costly to produce.
It’s going to be hard to make it cost affordable because it is a new car, new manufacturing method,” Musk said back in May. “In the grand scheme of things, relative to the production rate of all the other cars we make, it will be small. But it’s still very cool.”
Currently, there are three versions of the Cybertruck that are being offered: a single-motor version starting at $39,900 with a range of over 250 miles; a dual-motor version starting at $49,900 with over 300 miles of range; and a tri-motor version starting at $69,900 with over 500 miles of range.
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