After much anticipation, the first Cybertruck finally rolled off the production line this weekend. However, it’s important to note that mass production of this highly awaited EV won’t commence until next year.
At last, the completed Tesla Cybertruck is here, and the EV giant couldn’t be prouder. In an announcement over the weekend, Tesla revealed the initiation of production for its battery-powered truck. The vehicle had been eagerly anticipated for two years longer than initially expected and four years since it was first announced.
The momentous announcement was made through CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account on Saturday. A captivating image featured the first Cybertruck surrounded by workers at Gigafactory Texas, which is set to become the primary production facility for both the Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi.
Reaching this production milestone is an achievement for Tesla, as it marks the first time they have met their timeline target since unveiling the EV back in November 2019. Initially slated for production in 2021, the date had to be postponed by a year due to supply chain disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, last fall, it was confirmed that production would indeed begin this year, and the automaker seems to be on track to fulfill its CEO’s latest promise.
While production is now underway, the specifics of the finished EV remain a mystery. The vehicle’s price will become less of an issue if it can deliver on its promises of carrying a 3,500-pound payload, towing up to 14,000 pounds, and providing a 500-mile range on a single charge.
Such capabilities might also challenge Ford CEO Jim Farley’s previous comments, who claimed the pickup was solely for “Silicon Valley People” and not for those who do “real work.” Despite the exciting news of the Cybertruck’s production in Texas, don’t expect to see these EVs on the road anytime soon. Earlier this year, Musk shared that he prefers to “downplay” the start of production as it tends to be “always very slow.” He confirmed that mass production won’t begin until the following year.