Despite originally being announced in 2019, Tesla’s CEO has told an audience that the Cybertruck is coming soon | Source: Tesla

Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Cybertruck is Coming

Plagued by a number of delays, fans will only have to wait another year to get their hands on the highly-anticipated futuristic machine, the Tesla Cybertruck.

During the recent opening of Tesla’s giga factory in Texas, CEO Elon Musk presented a production model of the Cybertruck, announcing its release in 2023 and apologising for the postponement.

First unveiled back in 2019, for a period of time the Cybertruck was the most talked-about vehicle in the world. It was riding the whole hype train around the excitement of its innovative features as well as creating a buzz when the shattering of its “bulletproof” glass happened live on stage.

Musk began the presentation in Austin, Texas with a joke referencing the previous mishap – “So uh, we’re going to smash the window again.”

Initially, the Cybertruck was meant to roll out in 2021 but a string of supply issues, citing the pandemic, have kept the ‘ute’ away from going to market.

Musk has a history of product delays, cue the Tesla Semi electric truck and the next-generation Roadster supposed to come to market in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

This time though, he’s laid out a far more concrete timeframe.

Production of Cybertruck is coming next year. We will be in production with Roadster, and with Semi. That’s all coming. This year is all about scaling up and next year there’s going to be a massive wave of new products.

Source: Tesla

The new vehicles will finally bolster a range that’s been the same for a while; Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y.

But is it too little too late? The delay allowed rival companies such as Ford and Rivian to launch their own electric pickup trucks to market.

Ford’s battery-powered F-150 looks to start deliveries later this year and Rivian’s electric truck has been on the roads since late last year.

At first glance, most of the Tesla Cybertruck’s original concept remains, albeit without door handles with Musk saying “Who needs handles? The car can just tell you’re there and knows that it needs to open.”

It also appeared to be the same prototype that’s been spotted several times recently and with no new specs or pricing details revealed, is the Cybertruck still as popular as it was at first?

In short, yes, the powerhouse that is Tesla is still a fan favourite. Last November the company reported a backlog of over 1.2 million Cybertruck reservations worth over A$107 billion.

In Australia, the Tesla Model 3 reportedly accounted for almost two-thirds of all-electric car sales in Australia between 1st January and 31st March 2022.

2022 Tesla Model 3 | Source: Car and Driver

While Tesla is likely targeting a more lucrative North American market with the Cybertruck, customers can still place a refundable A$150 pre-order on the vehicle from Tesla’s Australian site.

Although no official information regarding an Australian launch has been announced, you can read bout the 24K Gold-Plated Tesla right now.

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