Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk reaffirms production will start in 2023

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the company's electric pickup will enter production in 2023, four years after it debuted

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reiterated that production of the eagerly awaited Cybertruck pickup will begin in 2023, when speaking at the opening of the company's new Texas Gigafactory. The Cybertruck made its world debut back in November 2019, but its arrival has been delayed several times since then.

The similarity-delayed Roadster supercar and Semi truck will also go into production next year, according to Musk. The company hasn’t yet confirmed whether the angular zero-emissions pickup will be sold in the UK, although Brits are able to pre-order the Cybertruck on Tesla’s website with a fully refundable £100 deposit.

Three versions of the Chevrolet Silverado EV, Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T rival will be available: a single-motor rear-wheel-drive model, a dual-motor version with all-wheel drive, plus a top-of-the-range tri-motor version that, according to Tesla, will be capable of 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds.

This isn’t the first delay to the Cybertruck’s arrival. Back in January 2021, Musk revealed that although development and design had been completed, delays in battery-cell production were holding up the debut. Then, in July 2021, Tesla confirmed it would be prioritising a ramp-up in production of its Model Y family SUV – likely to sell in much bigger numbers than the Cybertruck – before turning its attention to the pickup.

Tesla Cybertruck price, range, performance and payload

The Cybertruck is based on the same platform as the Tesla Model X, but as it's a bigger vehicle, it's able to use bigger batteries. Three variants are planned: Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive, priced at $39,900, $49,900 and $69,900 respectively (approximately £29,000, £36,600 and £51,000 at the time of writing).

The single-motor truck will have a range of over 250 miles on the America EPA test cycle – not the WLTP standard we use in Europe – go from 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 110mph. The dual-motor model can cover 300 miles, accelerates from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and tops out at 120mph. 

The range-topping tri-motor will reportedly be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds, with top speed pegged at 130mph. Tesla gives an estimated range of over 500 miles for this version.

All three variants will be capable of carrying a near-1,600kg payload, while towing ratings are 3,500kg for the single-motor, 4,500kg for the dual motor and 6,350kg for the tri-motor. All versions of the Cybertruck will come with self-levelling air suspension as standard, in order to aid stability whether loaded or not. 

Among the features touted by Musk at the truck's launch was armoured glass, however this seemed to fail in a live demonstration at the event, shattering in a spiderweb fashion, prompting Musk to comment that there was "room for improvement".

Design and proportions

When it does eventually enter production, the Tesla pickup – which Musk has described as "looking like something out of Blade Runner" with its radical, angular lines.

The Cybertruck is what's referred to in the US as a ‘full-size’ pickup: that means it'll be much bigger than the likes of the Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger that dominate the market in the UK. The Tesla measures 5.9 metres long, two metres wide and 1.9 metres high. 

There's seating for six inside and the load bed is 1.9 metres long. A lockable storage area – referred to as the 'Cybertruck Vault' – gives 2.8 cubic metres of secure storage, while the exterior of the truck is made of cold-rolled stainless steel, which Musk says will not scratch or dent.

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