Tesla Cybertruck could be delivered as early as 2021: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
February 01, 2021

The Tesla Cybertruck could be delivered as early as 2021 according to new information from Elon Musk. Read on for full details about this unique electric car. 

  • Cybertruck revealed
  • 500-mile range
  • 0-60mph in less than 3.0 seconds
  • Likely to cost from $40,000
  • Deliveries could start in late 2021

The first Tesla Cybertrucks could be delivered to customers as early as 2021. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has confirmed that the truck’s design has been finalised and the company is ready to start configuring its factory to build the eye-popping machine.

The fact that it has taken this long to finalise the truck’s design suggests the finished model could look noticeably different compared with the concept that first wowed crowds back in 2019.

There’s no doubt that the Cybertruck’s edgy design would turn heads but some industry insiders expressed concern that, in its present state, the truck wouldn’t offer sufficient pedestrian-impact protection to be sold in Europe.

Musk had previously mused that the original design should be shrunk by 3% to accommodate the often smaller and more crowded roads of European countries, but he later tweeted:

“Reviewed design with Franz [von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief designer] last night. Even 3% smaller is too small. Will be pretty much this size.”

As is common, Musk is short on detail but in another tweet, he revealed: “we’re working on increasing dynamic air suspension travel for better off-roading. Needs to kick butt in Baja”.

That’s a reference to the Baja 1000, a Mexican off-road race held each year on the Baja California Peninsula.

Its uneven dirt tracks, deep ruts and crazy sand dunes favour cars with long-travel suspension (see the Ford Bronco pictured below).

This adaptive air suspension will let the Cybertruck raise or lower itself by up to four inches. The system will also be self-levelling, which means the truck can adjust the height and stiffness of each wheel’s suspension to distribute the load as evenly as possible.

Tesla Cybertruck motors and power

Three’s the magic number with the Cybertruck, because that’s how many electric motors the top-of-the-range model gets. The all-wheel-drive tri-motor Cybertruck will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.

A dual-motor all-wheel-drive model will do the same sprint in under 4.5 seconds, while the entry-level single-motor with rear-wheel drive will take 6.5 seconds to go from 0-60.

Tesla Cybertruck batteries and range

Tesla says its tri-motor Cybertruck can manage 500 miles between charges. The mid-spec dual-motor model, meanwhile, lasts 300 miles, but the entry-level rear-drive Cybertruck will only do 250 miles between electrical charge-ups.

Tesla Cybertruck interior and practicality

Inside, the angular design theme continues, with geometric seatbacks and a flat, shelf-like dashboard. Familiar to owners of pick-up trucks will be the six-seat layout, which includes a small jump seat in the front row. What’s less normal for a pick-up is the massive 17-inch touchscreen and the oddly-shaped steering wheel.

Tesla reckons the Cybertruck has 2,830 litres of lockable cargo capacity. This includes the load bed (which Tesla calls the vault) the frunk, and even more storage behind the side windows.

The Cybertruck has integrated 120-volt and 240-volt powerpoints, turning it into a kind of mobile mini power station. It also features an on-board air compressor, making it ideal for camping trips or building sites.

Tesla Cybertruck price and release date

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.

Tesla boss, Elon Musk, has said: “If we get lucky, we’ll be able to do a few deliveries toward the end of this year, but I expect volume production to be in 2022.” So, if you were one of the very first people to get your name on the list, there’s a chance you could receive your Cybertruck before 2022.

Can’t wait for the new Tesla Cybertruck? Check out the latest Tesla news or compare the Tesla Model 3 lease deals and best electric car offers available through carwow.

Sign up for the carwow newsletter

Sign up for the carwow newsletter by entering your email address below to receive regular updates featuring our latest videos, reviews, news stories and blog posts from across the world of cars. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

By clicking the submit button you agree to our T&Cs and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy.