If you intend to cruise around the city in a futuristic-looking Cybertruck this year, your plans will have to wait. That’s because Tesla has confirmed that the much-anticipated electric truck will certainly not arrive any time soon.
In a recent press call, CEO Elon Musk himself broke the news about Cybertruck’s production delay. He said the vehicle would arrive “hopefully next year,” putting to bed any chance of a 2022 release. This marks another production setback for Cybertruck after it was delayed for another year in 2021.
Furthermore, Musk told the media that there wouldn’t be any new Tesla models arriving this year. He backed the company’s decision, saying, “If we were to introduce new vehicles, our total vehicle output would decrease.”
This delay is rather upsetting for those awaiting the Cybertruck since pre-bookings opened back in late 2019. The fact that even a 2023 release depends on everything going right for Tesla — remember Musk used the word “hopefully” — further puts the vehicle’s launch in the dark.
According to Musk, the EV maker is also trying to figure out a way to make Cybertruck more affordable than its previously announced $39,900 price tag. This falls in line with his long-term goal of bringing down battery production costs to produce cheaper Teslas.
Interestingly, Cybertruck has undergone some changes since its first avatar appeared before the public. In a recent tweet, Musk shared his experience driving a vehicle prototype, hinting that its design was still far from finalized.
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So it’ll be interesting to see how the vehicle ends up looking by the time it enters mass production. By the way, do you think the Cybertruck hype is enough to sustain another delay? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.