The time has finally come: the first production Tesla Cybertruck has left the factory, and it is now ready to be delivered to its patient owner.
Ironically, Tesla claims production is technically ahead of schedule.
This is because they expected to complete the first delivery in Q3 2023 – ie, the end of September.
We’re just going to gloss over the fact that the Cybertruck was initially slated for delivery… three years ago.
All levity aside, this is kind of a big deal for would-be Tesla Cybertruck owners, but also for the industry.
The ‘Tesla truck’ was first announced years ago, when no one else was really talking about electric pick-up trucks.
Since then, all major manufacturers – and several underdog ones – have had plenty of time to catch up.
Rivian, the California start-up that’s now a publicly traded company, had all the time in the world to unveil the sleek R1T.
Another rival company named Nikola Motor had time to reveal a truck get into legal trouble because of it, and then re-launch it again after getting rid of the troublesome CEO.
Even legacy brand automakers were given plenty of time to come up with their offerings.
Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning and GMC revamped the long-forgotten Hummer brand with the Hummer EV, a luxury SUT.
As in, Sport Utility Truck.
However, whether Tesla did this on purpose or by accident, the Cybertruck is still the one everyone is talking about.
Partly because of the crazy shape, partly because Tesla is a polarizing brand and also because the long wait ended up fueling the hype.
So what’s new?
The final production version will more or less look like the prototype we’ve seen a million times before, but there will be a few changes.
Broadly speaking, it looks the same as all the prototypes we’ve seen, with the unusual shape, the relatively small windshield and windows, the chunky tires and the wraparound LED lights.
As for the interior, we’re almost certainly getting a yoke, and a horizontal screen for the infotainment.
The final specs and pricing are expected to be revealed at the delivery event, but we don’t have a date for that yet.
Speaking of which, and this is the elephant in the room, the price is higher than we thought.
When it was first announced, all the way back in 2019, Musk said the Cybertruck would start at $39,000.
This isn’t going to happen, and we expect the Cybertruck to start at around $59,000.