Tesla Cybertruck delayed? Rumours of 2022 arrival: price, specs and release date
The Tesla Cybertruck could be delayed, with deliveries having initially been expected in 2021. 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 delayed beyond the expected 2021 deliveries, if new rumours are to be believed. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has confirmed that the truck’s design has been finalised and has driven it around the site where it will be built — but dodged a question on production.
The latest rumours come as an online forum, Tesla Owners Online, asked Musk directly if deliveries of the truck would be expected later this year. Musk did state “Limited production of Model Y this year, high volume next year” but dodged the Cybertruck question completely.
Limited production of Model Y this year, high volume next year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2021
It’s possible that the lengthy delay 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, which may also have had an impact on production plans.
There’s no doubt that the Cybertruck’s edgy design would turn heads on the road but some industry insiders expressed concern that, in its present state, the truck wouldn’t offer sufficient pedestrian-impact protection to be legal for use 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.”
In another tweet, Musk revealed: “we’re working on increasing dynamic air suspension travel for better off-roading. Needs to kick butt in Baja”.
We’re working on increasing dynamic air suspension travel for better off-roading. Needs to kick butt in Baja.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2020
That’s a reference to the Baja 1000, an off-road endurance race held each year on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
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 — ideal for taking on uneven surfaces.
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 under 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 0-60mph.
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 yoke-shaped steering wheel that also found its way to the new Tesla Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid.
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, which will make it much easier to use on 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, earlier 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. It seems that will be unlikely now, though.
Deposits can be placed in the UK despite questions hanging over its European legality. If it does arrive here, the Tesla Cybertruck will cost significantly more than £35,000, meaning it won’t qualify for the Government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant.
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