November 2022 will mark a new year since the official presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck: after three years of development (since 2019) of the brand's electric pick-up, it is still a complete mystery when the exact production date and actual delivery to customers will begin. However, Elon Musk himself confirmed in a recent statement that he hopes to start these deliveries by the middle of next year (2023), although it continues to be speculation, without giving concise, exact data or dates.
Many fans of the brand, as well as its own customers, complain that the model could have been groundbreaking during the first months after it was presented; however, since then the electric pick-up market already has alternatives such as the Rivian R1T, the Ford F-150 Lightning or the Hummer EV, while the arrival of other models belonging to different car brands is also expected. Is it possible that this will end up affecting sales of the Tesla Cybertruck? Most probably not. Above all, the Tesla Cybertruck continues to be a unique model thanks to its groundbreaking and futuristic design.
It has been estimated on numerous occasions when the final arrival of the Cybertruck model will be, from the Austin EV company itself, since it has suffered significant delays over the last two years. Despite the estimates announced by Elon Musk for the possible start of deliveries next year, to tell the truth, the CEO has admitted that the brand's management does not know exactly when the launch of the expected electric pick-up will take place. This has happened during a Tesla Q&A session for the company's shareholders.
Even if these estimates released by Elon Musk finally come true, the Austin model would be basically dragging a delay of four whole years since its official presentation, all in all. This would mean that Tesla will see new rival models actually come to market, such as the Chevrolet Silverado EV, which is forecast to begin deliveries to customers from next spring on, while its variant for the general public is expected to land in the fall of 2023.
However, the good news is that at the Austin - Texas plant, Tesla is actually finalizing all the relevant processes for starting production of the Cybertruck, since the appropriate machines have already been purchased for the assembly of the model's engines; as well as the casting machine – the largest in the world - the so-called "Gigapress", which ultimately will be responsible for manufacturing the exoskeleton of the electric pick-up.
In short, Giga Texas is finalizing the preparations and in fact, they have already been able to manufacture some truck prototypes that have been seen in recent months, at a few company events, as well as hanging around the vicinity of the Texas Gigafactory in Austin. The Tesla Cybertruck will be also joined by two other models from which important news is expected by next year, 2023: the Tesla Roadster and the Tesla Semi.
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Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.