Telsa’s Long-Delayed Cybertruck May Finally Start Production Soon

Initially, the Tesla Cybertruck’s main appeal was its fascinating shape, tantalizing price point, and “imminent” availability. But the Cybertruck still isn’t here, despite promises for years, and in the meantime rivals like Rivian and Ford have their EV pickups in customers’ hands. We’ve reported before about rumors and announcements that the Cybertruck will enter production “soon” almost as often as we’ve reported on delays. So yet another report—this time from Reuters, claiming production will start in 2023—should be taken with a grain of lithium salt.

The report cites anonymous sources “with knowledge of the plans” for Cybertruck production, and claims that production will start in Texas at the end of 2023. This represents a further delay from the last claimed start date, which was mid-2023, during a stockholder meeting in which Musk weighed in on production plans. That was the call in which the final nail was apparently driven into any hope of a sub-$40,000 Cybertruck, too. “The specs and pricing will be different,” Musk told listeners, glossing it as, “a little bit of bad news. “

That call was back in August, so the Cybertruck has slipped half a year in just a couple months’ worth of updates from Tesla. If anything, that should give anyone forming expectations about when the Cybertruck might hit the assembly line pause. It’ll also give further rivals more time to catch up. 

The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is due in the second quarter of 2023, at least in commercial form, with civilian First Edition RST trucks scheduled for delivery in fall of 2023. The GMC Sierra EV is also set to hit dealers in early 2023. The Ram 1500 EV pickup is said to start production a little after that, in 2024, but if there are any further delays in Cybertruck production even that latecomer will beat its angular stainless counterpart.

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