Tesla Cybertruck Production Has Begun - Sort Of

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

tesla cybertruck production has begun sort of

The Tesla Cybertruck has finally made it to production, but hopeful buyers shouldn’t be jumping for joy just yet. The company has already confirmed that volume production won’t start until 2024, and if a new Twitter rumor is correct, the truck will only be available in one battery variant at launch.

The Bearded Tesla recently tweeted that early Cybertrucks will only come with the 350-mile battery pack, according to an internal source. Tesla shared an image it claimed was of the first production Cybertruck, but it shows very little of the vehicle itself, instead focusing on the employees who built it.

We don’t know how many trucks Tesla will build to start, nor do we know any details about their configuration or specs. CEO Elon Musk has been careful to tamp down excitement for the Cybertruck, stating that stainless steel is notoriously difficult to shape. He also said that the truck would make up a small portion of Tesla’s overall production capacity, suggesting it would be more of a rare halo car than a rough-and-tumble pickup truck ready to do work.

Whenever it arrives, the reality is that Tesla’s Cybertruck missed the early mover advantage now enjoyed by Rivian and Ford with their electric pickups. That alone may be a good enough reason for it to sell the truck in small, exclusive numbers, but that’s even worse news for the 200,000-some-odd people waiting for one.

[Image: Tesla]

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 17, 2023

    Initial impression: 4/5

  • HotRod HotRod on Jul 17, 2023

    This is supposed to be a complete truck, no? So why does it appear there is no front door on the driver side?

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 18, 2023

      It's the Wrangler version

  • IH_Fever IH_Fever on Jul 18, 2023

    Coming soon to the driveway of a yuppie near you...

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Jul 19, 2023

      “"not automotive engineers" build the best selling vehicle in the world?”

      No those are actual automotive engineers that design the Corolla.

  • Tassos Tassos on Jul 19, 2023

    Based on more than 10 years of EVIDENCE< only a damned fool would worry about any TESLA product.

    WOrry about the other upstart and legacy BEV makers, who will DIE LIKE FLIES when their uncompetitive products are shown to be the utter losers they are, every one of them.

    IF there is one ounce of wisdom in your brain.