Tesla supplied an replace on plans for its Cybertruck pickup truck throughout an earnings name on Wednesday.
CEO Elon Musk stated the primary Cybertruck lately constructed on the firm’s plant in Austin, Texas, a photograph of which was posted to Twitter on July 15, was solely a pre-production instance for use for last testing and certification. Nonetheless, he additionally stated he anticipates buyer deliveries beginning later in 2023.
Musk hinted that manufacturing volumes could also be low initially however will enhance in 2024. He emphasised that a whole lot of new applied sciences and distinctive components and processes are going into the Cybertruck.
“We’ll be making them in excessive quantity subsequent 12 months, and we might be delivering the automotive this 12 months,” he stated.
Cybertruck manufacturing was initially deliberate to begin in late 2021. A number of delays put manufacturing not on time.
Tesla Cybertruck last testing
One of many new applied sciences destined for the electrical truck is a battery cell that is extra vitality dense than what the corporate at the moment makes use of. Drew Baglino, Tesla’s senior VP for powertrain and vitality engineering, stated in the course of the name the brand new cell has a ten% larger vitality density than what Tesla is at the moment utilizing in its automobiles.
It isn’t clear whether or not the brand new cell will enable Tesla to ship extra vary than what the corporate has already introduced. On the Cybertruck’s reveal in 2019, Tesla stated the truck would supply battery choices for greater than 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles.
Tesla additionally introduced a beginning value of $39,900 in the course of the 2019 reveal, however this info was pulled from Tesla’s web site in 2021, suggesting that the Cybertruck might have a distinct beginning value as soon as it’s truly on sale.
After Ford minimize the beginning value of its rival F-150 Lightning to $51,990 earlier this week, Musk commented on Twitter that the Ford is a “good automobile” however “considerably costly.”
Throughout Wednesday’s earnings name, Tesla stated the full-size Cybertruck might be 19 ft lengthy, enabling it to slot in extra personal garages than comparable rivals which are sometimes longer than 20 ft. Tesla claimed that so far as it is aware of, the Cybertruck would be the first truck that is lower than 19 ft lengthy with 4 doorways and a mattress greater than six ft lengthy.