Almost four years after it first revealed, Tesla’s Austin plant is preparing to start building the battery-powered trucks
It seems that Tesla is finally gearing up to start building its long-awaited Cybertruck almost four years after the initial unveiling.
According to a report by Reuters, two people with knowledge of the project confirmed that mass Cybertruck production was set to start at the end of 2023.
This follows the same theme as a recent statement from Elon Musk, who stated during a conference call that “early production” was set to start mid-2023.
The Cybertruck became a viral sensation when it was unveiling back in 2019
Those most affected by news of another delay are the ones that placed a refundable $150 deposit via Tesla’s website.
Just five months ago, Tesla pulled the option from its Australian website, with those that had placed an order left in the dark whether or not their interest would still be honoured.
With this new timeframe in mind, it’s likely that American deliveries wouldn’t kick off until the first quarter of 2024, with the rest of the world following behind.
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What will the Cybertruck look like when it finally lands?
Alongside the when, the what is also a big question surrounding Cybertruck, as Musk has stated that it would be significantly adapted from the angular concept we saw back in 2019.
This would likely be to comply with safety regulations in international markets, as the sharp edges would be problematic in terms of pedestrian protection.
Though the aesthetic might change, the Cybertruck’s performance should stay the same, with Elon claiming a 2.9-second 0-100km/h time on the range-topping variant.
The Cybertruck is also rumoured to make use of Tesla’s new 4680 batteries, which aren’t expected to be a “limiting factor for Cybetruck or anything else,” according to Musk.
Switching to these high-capacity batteries would mean that the rumoured range on the Cybertruck of 800km could be a real possibility.