TESLA’S CYBERTRUCK UNLEASHES A SHOCKWAVE AS FIRST CONSUMER DELIVERIES ROLL OUT
By Isabelle Havasy
The Tesla Cybertruck made headlines on November 30th as CEO Elon Musk delivered the first units to reservation holders at the Austin, Texas factory, four years after its initial unveiling. The electric pickup boasts 4,990 kg of towing capacity and a 2.7 seconds 0–100 km/h time for the top trim. However, Tesla revealed a significant price hike, with the base model starting at USD 60,990, excluding shipping.
Despite the hefty price jump from the original plan, industry analysts predict the Cybertruck will be a short-term hit, fuelled by a reservation backlog and its polarizing design. While Musk’s earlier projections of starting prices, around USD 40,000 were canceled due to rising costs, the Cybertruck’s unique features, such as a stainless-steel exterior resistant to bullets, are expected to create an instant cultural phenomenon. However, analysts note that the truck may primarily appeal to Tesla’s enthusiasts and casual users, as its unconventional design and limitations in utility may deter traditional pickup owners.
- The base rear wheel-drive model: With an estimated range of 402 km, it should offer a 0–100 km/h acceleration in 6.7 seconds. Deliveries will start in 2025.
- A two-motor model: The all-wheel-drive Cybertruck starts at USD 79,990, excluding shipping. It has an estimated range of 547 km. With its 600 hp, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. Deliveries starting in 2024.
- Cyberbeast: Starts at USD 99,990, excluding shipping. The top trim version has an estimated range of 515 km. It can reach 845 hp with the Beast Mode and can run the 0–100 km/h within 2.7 seconds. Deliveries should start next year, according to Tesla.