Tesla’s Cybertruck, that object of intense fascination and ridicule that may or may not go into production next year, was supposed to start at the extremely attractive price of $39,900.
But that was in 2019 when the Cybertruck was first announced and, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently put it, “a lot has changed” since then.
Speaking at his company’s annual shareholder meeting, Musk said the Cybertruck’s specs and price will be different, citing inflation and other issues that have arisen in the three years since the electric truck was first introduced.
Musk said the Cybertruck would be in volume production by the middle of next year, but of course that has been a moving target as well.Production was originally supposed to start in late 2021. But by August 2021, the company announced a delay to 2022, and then “hopefully” 2023.
Meanwhile, competitors like Ford and Rivian have launched their own electric pickup trucks, with Ford saying it plans to make 150,000 F-150 Lightnings by 2023.
Musk did not divulge any details beyond noting that the original price would not be the same.
The models expected from the Cybertruck
In 2019, Tesla said that it would make three versions of the Cybertruck:
- Single-motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range, 7,500-pound towing capacity, and zero-to-60-mph capabilities in less than 6.5 seconds for $39,900
- Dual-motor all-wheel drive with 300 miles of range, 10,000-pound towing capacity, and zero to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds for $49,900
- Triple-motor four-wheel drive with 500 miles of range, 14,000-pound towing capacity, and zero to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds for $69,900
Meanwhile, Tesla has recently increased prices (again) for its lineup of steamless electric vehicles, except for the Model 3.
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