Tesla’s long-awaited Cybertruck won’t see full volume production until 2024, Elon Musk said today during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call.
During the call, Musk was asked if the upcoming car would make an appearance A mid-2023 production target That was set in Q2 last year. Musk cagily confirmed that Cybertruck production will begin “some time this summer,” but concluded that mass production of the polarizing pickup won’t begin until next year. “I’ve always tried to minimize the start of production,” Musk said. “It grows fast, but it’s very slow at first.”
Cybertruck was originally Announced in 2019 to widespread interest, but its production has been delayed several times. Pre-production was originally scheduled to begin in late 2021, but was delayed As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. was then Scheduled for sometime in 2023, a projection made a year ago. Additionally, Musk told investors last year that the Cybertruck’s specs and price “will be different” (read: will be more expensive)
As a consolation prize, Tesla revealed on Wednesday that it has begun installing the manufacturing equipment needed to assemble the Cybertruck, including the castings that will form the electric pickup’s body. The Cybertruck is expected to be built primarily at the company’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas.
Industry experts warn that the timeline needs to be accelerated for cybertrucks to have the desired effect. “The Cybertruck will hit an increasingly crowded sector of the EV market between the F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, and possibly the Chevy Silverado EV and RAM 1500 EV,” Edmunds executive director of insights Jessica Cowell said in an email. edge. “The downside to Tesla is that the Cybertruck almost seems like old news.”
There’s still a lot of focus on the Cybertruck after its over-the-top unveiling that introduced its aggressive, post-apocalyptic design. Maybe if Tesla throws more metal balls around it could get production rolling.