The Tesla Cybertruck has to be the car world’s biggest myth. But, Elon Musk is still keen to debunk said fable, saying the all-electric pickup should be ready for production in 2023.
The futuristic, strange-looking truck was publicly unveiled in 2019. Since then, production has had delay after delay. So much so, people genuinely don’t believe it exists.
Eager customers have probably already moved on and ordered a Ford F-150 Lightning or GMC Hummer EV. But enough is enough, says Tesla. The marque wants to have their Cybertruck on the market next year to not fall too far behind their rivals.
“We want to complete the development of Cybertruck this year and be ready for production next year,” Musk said.
Musk reiterated completing Cybertruck development is one of Tesla’s primary short-term goals. So, at least he is committed.
But, it’s not the most essential piece of technology he is invested in right now. That honour goes to the Optimus humanoid robot.
“The most important product development we’re doing this year is actually the Optimus humanoid robot,” he said.
“This, I think, has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time.”
Unfortunately, Tesla hasn’t had the best start to 2022. In the space of a week, they twice had to increase their prices.
The strained nickel supply is also hiking up the cost of EV production globally while forcing manufacturers to backtrack on release targets.
Will we see the Cybertruck at last next year? It’s a bold claim. They have had four years to work on it, and even Musk says the technology is so advanced more time is needed.
“There’s a lot of new technology in the Cybertruck that will take some time to work through.”
Musk says he needs to make the Cybertruck affordable while technologically advanced before assembly begins.
He has chalked out a target of selling 250,000 Cybertrucks every year once production begins.
For now, we just have to keep waiting.