Tesla’s Cybertruck Needs a Lot of Luck to Hit Its Production Target on Schedule

For once, Tesla might begin production of a promised vehicle close to the timeline originally promised. Tesla CEO Elon Musk indicated last week during an earnings call that deliveries of the sharp-edged electric truck could begin at the end of this year—with a few caveats.

"If we get lucky, we'll be able to do a few deliveries toward the end of this year, but I expect volume productions to begin in 2022," Musk said during the call.

The Cybertruck was revealed a little over a year ago>>>P, in late 2019, with a promised production start in 2021. So the company might technically begin production late this year, but wider production and delivery is still expected to take place in 2022, as Musk indicated.

"We finished almost all of the Cybertruck engineering," Musk added."So we're no longer iterating at the design center level or design level. We've got the designs fixed. We will soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck work. We're actually going to be using even bigger Tesla machines for the rear body of Cybertruck because we've got, obviously, it's a bigger vehicle and you've got a long truck bed. So we'll be using an 8,000-ton casting press for the rear body casting as opposed to 6,000-ton for Model Y."

The market success of the Cybertruck is not treated as a sure thing for Tesla by some industry observers, who point out that all previous Tesla models had landed in vehicle segments that were generally well bought by early adopters on the two coasts. Trucks—especially ones shaped like the Cybertruck—could be an entirely different experience for the automaker, because there are only so many early adopters who have the garage space for something that... may not be as commute-friendly.

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Tesla's new Cybertruck
Cybertruck

The Future of Trucks?

The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric, battery-powered, light duty truck announced by Tesla, Inc. Three models have been announced, with EPA range estimates of 250–500 miles (400–800 km) and an estimated 0–60 mph time of 2.9–6.5 seconds, depending on the model.

Cybertruck is built with an exterior shell made for ultimate durability and passenger protection. Starting with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass.

The Tesla Cybertruck will cost from $40,000 for a single motor, two-wheel-drive model, while the top banana (and blindingly) quick tri-motor version will set you back more like $70,000. You can secure one now with a $100 deposit

Cybertruck
Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric, battery-powered, light duty truck announced by Tesla, Inc.

Cybertruck
Cybertruck