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US Customers Rejoice As Tesla Reopens Cybertruck Reservation List

The reopening of orders sparked wild speculation about the Cybertruck imminent launch, as the electric pick-up has already accumulated more than a million reservations, after all these years waiting.

The history of the Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most interesting in recent times in the automotive industry. Right from the beginning the project was full of setbacks and dramatic moments: since the prototype was presented in 2019, millions of potential customers have waited patiently for the development team to finish tuning the company's most special car. After more than a year now, and with the order book closed due to saturation, Tesla has just reopened the list. As a consequence, rumors of an immediate launch basically skyrocketed.

Things have changed a lot in the last year of commercial absenteeism for the Cybertruck. Being impossible to hide it from public view - given its large size - the huge pick-up has been seen repeatedly at specific moments of its development stage. Never before has another Tesla product - with the exception of the Semi - received such amount of attention and hours of accumulated testing. The demands of the project have forced a change in the company's protocols with the intention of offering the best electric van the world has ever known, even considering that there are actually not many electric van-trucks on the market.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

In parallel, important details and secrets have been discovered. We know that the body will be made of steel patented by Tesla, capable of resisting impacts while being relatively easy to fix. Under that impressive bodywork the most extraordinary powertrain in the house will be hidden with different driving modes, both for city and off-road. The rear wheels will have the ability to turn to make the Cybertruck more maneuverable, and all this while large foundry furnaces at the Texas Gigafactory are in fact capable of stamping its chassis in just two plates.

If we consider all these amazing features, it is normal that the Cybertruck project has been so delayed. Tesla hopes to give the starting gun, although it will not be necessary to surprise the world again for it to become a sales success: even before knowing all these details, the electric pick-up has accumulated millions of reservations around the world. In Austin they had to close the order book before the wave of applications, each after paying a refundable $100. The problem (for Europe, Asia and other markets) is that it will not be available worldwide, at least for now; it will only be available in the United States. A year ago Tesla began to return reservations from Europe.

Tesla itself has acknowledged that production will be much slower than usual, taking into account the company's usual standards. By the end of this year they hope to have some 10,000 units assembled, while the maximum annual capacity is estimated at a maximum of 200,000 vehicles. That means it can take more than four years for the last customers to join the reservation holder list to receive their prized Tesla pickup; and all this before even knowing the final price. Without a doubt, the economic aspect of the Cybertruck is the information best kept by the technical team. We do not know right now what figure it will be, although we will not have to wait too long to find out.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

The Tesla Cybertruck has captured the world's attention with its innovative design and advanced features. However, with the increasing demand comes the challenge of meeting expectations and fulfilling orders in a timely manner. For now, the Cybertruck is slated to be available exclusively in the United States, leaving international customers in anticipation.

As this massive project continues to unfold, numerous factors, including production rates and final pricing, remain as uncertainties. Nevertheless, the unveiling of Tesla's Cybertruck represents a major milestone in the advancement of electric vehicle technology, and its impending release is sure to generate much excitement and discussion.

All images courtesy of Tesla Inc.

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.