Tesla's Cybertruck is expected to enter volume production in 2022

Shawn Knight

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What just happened? Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a recent earnings call with investors that engineers have finalized the design of the company’s first electric pickup truck. “We'll soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck,” Musk added. With any luck, the first few deliveries could occur by the end of the year.

Tesla unveiled its futuristic Cybertruck at a flashy event in late 2019. The company said the boxy EV would have a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge and be capable of reaching 60 mph from a stop in less than three seconds.

Several months later, Musk revealed that Tesla was modifying the design of the Cybertruck for better off-road performance. The pickup would also be about three percent smaller than the prototype, with lower window sills and a more level center line.

With the design now finalized, Tesla can move ahead to production. Musk on Wednesday said they might get lucky and be able to deliver a few Cybertrucks to customers near the end of the year but that volume production is expected to start in 2022.

It’s an aggressive timeline, especially if Tesla hasn’t even ordered the components to manufacture the Cybertruck. Plus, we’re still waiting for the company to produce the second-gen Roadster and Semi truck it unveiled in 2017.

"Prototypes are easy, scaling production is very hard," Musk noted.

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Uncle Al

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Plus, we’re still waiting for the company to produce the second-gen Roadster and Semi truck it unveiled in 2017.

If those promises are any indication, you might see this new vehicle in ...... oh, 2030 - 2040 ..... give or take a few decades .....
 

QuantumPhysics

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The design is polarizing. Yeah it's cool to have a Tesla truck, but once a lot of these are on the road, the novelty wears off. I would honestly rather have a RAM 1500/ TRX or the WKHS Badger.
 

QuantumPhysics

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Plus, we’re still waiting for the company to produce the second-gen Roadster and Semi truck it unveiled in 2017.

If those promises are any indication, you might see this new vehicle in ...... oh, 2030 - 2040 ..... give or take a few decades .....


The Tesla Roadster will be here in less than 2 years. Thing is, it really makes no sense when a Model S plaid mode can do 0 - 60 in 2 seconds for $140,000.
 

Burty117

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The Tesla Roadster will be here in less than 2 years. Thing is, it really makes no sense when a Model S plaid mode can do 0 - 60 in 2 seconds for $140,000.
Straight line speed isn't everything, in-fact, I'd argue it's meaningless for a sports car. How well it handles and the experience is what really matters. That's why anyone actually interested in a sports car that's an EV, they go for the Porshe over the Tesla.
 

Plutoisaplanet

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Considering the new Plaid+ version of the Model S is planned with over 520 miles of range for the end of this year, they must be using the new 4680 in-house battery cells for the top-end version of the Cybertruck. That's the most likely variation that's going to be delayed, but there's also a mid-range variation at 300 miles of range listed for deliveries to begin at the end of this year. Elon also said they'd need some luck to get deliveries out this year though, meaning it is unlikely.

Addressing the delayed projects, Tesla's definitely reprioritized certain projects depending on expected volume. For instance, both the Made-in-China Model 3 and the Model Y started deliveries several months ahead of schedule at the beginning of last year. Tesla is also making big headway into their new factories in Austin and Berlin which began construction last year:

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QuantumPhysics

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Straight line speed isn't everything, in-fact, I'd argue it's meaningless for a sports car. How well it handles and the experience is what really matters. That's why anyone actually interested in a sports car that's an EV, they go for the Porshe over the Tesla.


#1 the most important thing in sales of a sports car is how you look in the car.

#2. 99% of sales will never even see a track.

#3. No one buys a super fast car for track handling.
 

QuantumPhysics

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How you look? Track Handling? Damn, you're really not a car person 😂


You think athletes, movie stars, wall street guys , doctors, lawyers or the people who afford these cars brand new care about the enthusiast children who read auto magazines like porn?
 

Burty117

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You think athletes, movie stars, wall street guys , doctors, lawyers or the people who afford these cars brand new care about the enthusiast children who read auto magazines like porn?
Look, we're on completely different wave lengths here. In your world, a sports car is just a car that looks good and goes fast in a straight line.

In my world, a sports car is something that handles well and has a level of driver engagement to it.

A track car is something else entirely and not even part of this conversation.

I think it's just a shame that the term "sports car" is dumbed down to just "good looking car that's fast in a straight line".

The majority of people (in the UK) buy SUV's these days anyway, it really doesn't matter who buys what, the term "sports car" has been dumbed down to mean nothing which is a real shame as cars that really shine and live up to what a sports car is really about just get thrown in with the rest.