More Cybertruck Delays Are Coming at a Bad Time for Tesla

The world has been waiting for nearly 3 years for the Tesla Cybertruck, and it seems that more time is going to pass before anyone can actually own one. Get the lowdown on why Tesla is experiencing delays in producing the Cybertruck.
Written by Jason Crosby
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
If you’re wanting a
Cybertruck this year, you’ll have to keep waiting. The EV manufacturer has experienced yet another wave of setbacks that are pushing back production of their highly-anticipated electric truck back to 2023. While you can still pre-order it on Tesla’s website, be patient; production won’t start until the first quarter of next year. 
As competitors like Ford and Rivian are set to start producing electric pickups this year, what, exactly, is holding the Tesla Cybertruck back? 

The long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck

Founder Elon Musk had teased a starting price of $39,900, which is shocking for a vehicle that looks like something out of science-fiction. According to Musk, pricing issues and production costs are what is holding back Cybertruck production. In other words, Tesla is still trying to figure out how to make this futuristic pickup affordable for everyone. 
Production changes aren’t the only tweaks that have had to be made to the Cybertruck. Its now-famous oversized, single rear window wiper was added, along with folding mirrors and key-fob-activated door handles. 
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Is the Tesla Cybertruck worth the wait?

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We say yes—absolutely—as long as the price tag hovers underneath $40,000. It’s hard to beat a pickup that, according to
Car and Driver
, comes with a scratch and dent-resistant stainless steel exterior, 14,000-lb towing capacity, and predicted 500+ mile battery range.
However, there’s still a catch. Unless the Tesla Cybertruck reaches its impressive 14,000-lb towing capacity without the assistance of three electric motors, each addition of one would increase the base price by about $15,000. 
So those wanting the workhorse, high-end model will probably end up shelling out close to $70,000 to take home their new Cybertruck. Though if they opt for the triple motor option, they’ll be home in a flash; Tesla teases a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds for their triple motor Cybertruck. 

The Tesla Cybertruck vs. Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1t

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Thanks to Tesla’s production delays, the Cybertruck can expect to be in fierce competition with Ford and Rivian in the EV pickup market, and for good reason. While neither of the other pickups are offering a dent or scratch-resistant exterior (or quite as futuristic a design), they do put up a good fight. 
In comparison, the
Ford F-150 Lightning
has a base price of $39,974, a towing capacity of up to 10,000 lbs, and an optional, eyebrow-raising 563-horsepower engine. On the other side of the ring, the Rivian R1t has an 11,000 lb towing capacity, an 835-horsepower (more than a Dodge Hellcat), but has a comparatively high price tag, starting at $67,500. 
Both of these trucks will be available in 2023, while the Cybertruck is still a maybe. For EV lovers who are dead set on finding a reliable, powerful pickup in 2023, these two are the best choice. But if you’re willing to take a chance on the Tesla Cybertruck, you just might see them come into production starting at the beginning of next year. Just don’t hold your breath. 

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