Tesla has been preparing for the arrival of its Cybertruck for almost 4 years, but the project is still changing, Elon Musk admits.
Announced on November 22, 2019, the Cybertruck is turning into a bad joke for all the electric car enthusiasts who have been waiting for the release of this ultra-futuristic pickup truck for almost three years. But as the wait grows terribly long, Elon Musk himself adds a layer of bad news on the subject.
At his annual meeting with his investors, the South African entrepreneur announced that the cybertruck’s prices and specifications will ultimately not be the numbers announced in 2019. Musk has not said much more about the progress of things for the time being, but assures that the project is still very active internally and will eventually see the light of day.
The project changes
In his statement to investors, Musk presents himself as a victim. The latter explains that the shortage of semiconductors and the pandemic have slowed down the development of the cybertruck enormously in the past 24 months. Musk also explains that today’s rampant inflation could further complicate Tesla’s task.
First announced for 2021 at a price of $39,900, the Cybertruck is now a far cry from that initial promise. The pickup hasn’t gone into production yet and should be in the next few months. Tesla could therefore be more than two years behind the announced dates and offer a product 4 years after its public presentation.
If the boxy pickup still seduces with its ultra-futuristic side, these incessant delays are worrisome. Musk also wanted to reassure his investors, arguing that there will be one “damn nice machine”. Things are therefore standing still for now, because if Musk’s announcements are raining down about this car of the future, the concrete achievements of those words are missing.
Three Cybertrucks for the price of one ?
In fact, the car is still not assembled in the factories, and although several prototypes have been presented by the brand in all corners of the world, today the car is more part of the world of dreams than reality. Note that Tesla removed the Cybertruck’s pricing and specs from its website a few months ago, showing things have changed since the announcement.
The latest Cybertruck rumors announce three different models for Tesla’s car. The first will be equipped with a single engine with 400 kilometers of autonomy. The other two versions of this pick-up, more upscale, have the right to two engines and a much greater autonomy (480 and 800 kilometers). Two versions are said to be sold for $50,000 and $70,000 respectively.