Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the stage to disclose particulars in regards to the firm’s new and unconventional Cybertruck pickup on Thursday, at some point after he appeared in a weird interview on the DealBook Summit in New York. At that occasion, Musk boasted, “It will likely be the largest product launch of something by far on Earth this 12 months.”

On the occasion in Austin, Musk mentioned the Cybertruck’s onerous metal physique was bulletproof, and that its home windows had been “rock proof.” He mentioned it might tow over 11,000 kilos, can speed up from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds, and encompasses a “super-tough” composite mattress that’s six toes lengthy and 4 toes extensive

Musk then introduced a number of newly produced vans to prospects, who drove away in them.

In an October earnings name, Musk struck a extra cautious word saying, “There can be monumental challenges in reaching quantity manufacturing with the Cybertruck, after which in making the Cybertruck cashflow constructive.” He additionally mentioned at the moment, “we dug our personal grave with Cybertruck,” stating “distinctive challenges” in producing and bringing that truck to market.

Tesla first unveiled the Cybertruck — with its angular and unpainted onerous metal physique — in November 2019. It had beforehand mentioned manufacturing of the automobile would begin in 2021, and the truck would promote on the entry-level value of $39,900 for a rear-wheel-drive model, and round $69,000 for a highest-spec, tri-motor model.

The corporate started taking $100 refundable “reservations” for the Cybertruck after it was unveiled, and the corporate mentioned it acquired greater than 1 million reservations since its debut.

The covid pandemic and different elements contributed to a two-year delay nevertheless, and Tesla solely started early Cybertruck manufacturing in July this 12 months.

In the meantime, rivals together with Ford, Common Motors and Rivian started to promote their extra utilitarian electrical pickups. Earlier this week, Rivian, which solely manufactures battery electrical autos (like Tesla) began to supply a leasing choice for choose fashions of its all-electric R1T pickup truck.

The U.S. electrical pickup truck market has not expanded as shortly as some thought when the Cybertruck was initially revealed. A number of start-ups have both now introduced autos to market or did with little success similar to Lordstown Motors. Each GM and Ford have introduced plans to reduce, postpone or cancel EV merchandise and investments, together with some associated to EV vans.

— CNBC’s Mike Wayland contributed to this report.

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