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How much more expensive the Cybertruck is compared to what Elon Musk first said at unveiling

Taxes add a huge chunk onto the cost of the Cybertruck.
  • When the Cybertruck was unveiled back in 2019, Elon Musk said that prices for the EV pickup would start at no more than $40,000
  • Now that the vehicle has gone on sale, prices begin at $79,990 and go up to $99,990 for the top-of-the-range Cyberbeast, before any taxes
  • In some parts of the US you pay zero sales tax for an EV, while other areas require buyers to pay the fee in full

Published on Jan 30, 2024 at 3:14PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 2, 2024 at 8:57PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis

With the first deliveries of the Cybertruck being made in the US, one Reddit user has shared just how much the new EV pickup costs.

First unveiled way back in 2019, the Cybertruck’s design left people divided, with its triangular body consisting of flat sheet metal panels made of stainless steel.

@tenfthigher posted to the subreddit r/cybertruck, sharing a sales invoice for his new Cybetruck, noting it ultimately costs more than he was expecting.

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“VIN assigned! Here is what the final invoice looks like,” the post read.

The Cybertruck set the owner back $102,235, however, taxes drove the cost of the EV up to $113,242.

In the US, one of three places where the Cybertruck is available, the amount of tax that EV owners pay for their new vehicle varies heavily by state.

Owners in some parts of the country pay zero sales tax on electric vehicles, whereas other areas require to pay the fee in full.

As well as having to fork out for a hefty tax bill, other Reddit users have been left in shock by how much the retail price of the Cybertruck has increased since it was unveiled.

Back in 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that prices for the EV pickup would start at no more than $40,000.

However, now the vehicle’s gone on sale, prices start as $79,990 and go up to $99,990 for those interested in the top-of-the-range Cyberbeast, before any taxes are added.

Although it’s come as somewhat of a surprise, Musk made it clear ahead of the official delivery event, the Cybertruck wouldn’t be as ‘cheap’ as promised.

Price tag aside, now owners have started taking delivery of the Cybertruck, we’re beginning to learn more about the EV pickup.

Just as an example, Cybertruck owners have discovered a hilarious Easter egg feature.

On the vehicle’s infotainment screen, there’s a picture of the truck which, when you double-tap its window, a crack appears.

You might be wondering why on Earth it does that, but if you cast your mind back to 2019, you have the answer.

When the Cybertruck was first unveiled, we were promised ‘shatter-resistant Armor Glass’.

According to Tesla at the time, the windows of the Cybertruck could resist the impact of a baseball thrown at 112 km/h (70 mph).

However, Tesla’s chief designer tried to prove its strength at the event, throwing a metal ball at one of the windows – but it cracked not once, but twice.

The Cybertruck’s Easter egg feature seems like Tesla is poking fun at itself.

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