It isn’t hard to imagine what Tesla were thinking when they launched the Cybertruck back in November, with its bold Blade Runner 2049 looks and attractive pricing, the people were simply powerless to resist. This was evidenced by the more than 250,000 pre-orders it received for it, the brand confirmed.
The Cybertruck was launched with three variants namely, the single motor rear-wheel drive, dual motor all-wheel drive and the tri motor all-wheel drive. Production was slated for late 2021 for the single and dual motor versions while the tri motor range topper was set to roll out in 2022. That timeline isn’t the case anymore.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted recently that 42 percent of pre-orders were for the dual motor, a further 41 percent were for the tri motor while the single motor only accounted for 17 percent of pre-orders. Armed with this information, the company then updated its timeline for the different variants on its pre-order page.
Tesla wrote that the “Single Motor RWD production is expected to begin in late 2022” while the dual and tri motor’s “production is expected in late 2021.” This wouldn’t be the first time the Californian automaker chose to produce the more expensive variants first.
With the Model 3, Tesla rolled-out the pricier Long Range variant before the rest of the range. We reckon this strategy is down to simple economics. The Cybertruck is made with a completely new and different platform which requires new manufacturing methods and retooling the factory, which costs money. Tesla would have better a return on investment by selling the dearer trucks first and given the percentage of orders received, keep fans and customers happy.
No Australian price tags have been announced for the truck but, as a guide, in the US it’ll start from US$39,900 (AU$58,900) for the rear-wheel drive single motor version and US$49,900 (AU$73,750) for the dual-motor all-wheel drive variant while the range-topper will start from US$69,900 (AU$103,300).