To love Tesla is to be ready to hear that some initiative or new product is running behind schedule. It seems to have just been the nature of this company since the very start. And though they clearly have come out with some of the finest cars around, changing the landscape of the car-buying and manufacturing experience outside of the legacy companies, it has often come with the timelines shifted along the way. That’s going to be no different when it comes to the Tesla Cybertruck which is now being delayed from its originally intended release date.
According to a report from Reuters (via Futurism) the Elon Musk-led company has now pushed back the release of Tesla Cybertuck to at least 2023 with the hope of continuing to add more features to the futuristic-looking vehicle. Apparently, this news came via a whistleblower to the news outlet with the company itself not yet confirming the release date of the truck. But it’s worth noting that Tesla took down the reference to the 2022 release from their website recently. So it would seem they are somewhat off track from the original timeline.
The Tesla Cybertruck was originally announced as a planned vehicle heading into production all the way back in 2019. Upending modern-day ideas around pickup truck design, the vehicle, rather purposefully, looked right out of Blade Runner in how it was constructed. The metallic boxiness of the exterior looked and looks much more like something out of a dystopian science-fiction movie than what we see on the open road today. And the idea behind putting it to market was to do away with some conventional design models from the likes of Ford, Chevy, Toyota, and Dodge who’ve owned the space forever.
There are a number of ways the Tesla Cybertruck is looking to separate itself from the competition, or maybe just create its own category of vehicle. The stainless steel exterior is set to act more like an exoskeleton than what we’ve seen before in this class. Originally, the company touted it as being bulletproof, leaning into those end-of-days vibes all the way through. The original unveiling of the spec truck went horribly wrong on the big stage, the company has said they’ve worked to fix some of those initial problems.
And the interior of the Tesla Cybertruck is set to transform some of the typical conventions around this space. The wheel has more of a video-game vibe and they are basically getting rid of the traditional dashboard readouts. There will be a simple center screen console and that’s it. This isn’t your dad’s pickup truck.
Where the Tesla Cybertruck could already be banking money for the company is in the form of the $100 refundable deposit that many put down to get their name on the production list. According to Futurism, and Tesla Reservation Tracker, there is some speculation that more than a million people have sent that C-note to the company, meaning they put (maybe) $100 million in the bank before even putting the truck out there for the masses. Time will tell if Tesla is able to fulfill the promise of this new truck. For the time being, they are doing the Tesla thing and missing an initial benchmark.