Tesla fans, however, were undeterred. Within 24 hours of the unveiling, Elon Musk announced they had received almost 150,000 pre-orders. By the end of 2019, this number had surpassed 250,000, and today, almost one million people have paid a deposit in order to have their name put on a wait list.
Unfortunately, Tesla has had to push back the start of its Cybertruck production from the end of this year to late 2022. While this is
not very surprising, it has provided ammo for critics, who are beginning to wonder if the Cybertruck will ever make the leap from concept to reality.
Adding fuel to the fire, Tesla has just removed the specifications and prices for the vehicle from its website. So what exactly is going on with the elusive Cybertruck? Read on to find out.
What information has Tesla deleted?
Electrek, Tesla has deleted all specs and pricing information for each of the three configurations of Cybertruck.
Before the information was deleted:
The Single Motor RWD was advertised as the base model, with 250+ miles of range, a top speed of 110 mph and a $39,900 price tag.
The Dual Motor AWD was advertised as having 300+ miles of range, a top speed of 120 mph and a $49,900 price tag.
The Tri Motor AWD was advertised as having 500+ miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph, and a $69,900 price tag.
These specs had remained unchanged since the truck's unveiling two years ago, but have now been removed from the Cybertruck section of Tesla’s site.
Interestingly, the pre-order page has also been updated, and a previously-available offer to lock in the “Full-Self Driving package” for $10,000 has disappeared.
Why is Tesla being so secretive?
Tesla has been locked in a legal battle with rival electric truck maker, Rivian, for the last year and a half. Tesla has accused Rivian of stealing trade secrets, and it's possible the Cybertruck division is going dark to protect itself from copycats.
However, it's more likely that so much time will have passed between the Cybertruck’s unveiling in 2019, and the start of production at the end of 2022, that the specifications and prices are out of date.
Electrek has previously suggested that the Cybertruck would have to be more expensive than originally advertised, as Tesla has been
increasing prices of its other popular models.
Additionally, the base model Cybertruck is unlikely to be available until late 2023, by which time technology should have advanced to allow for a longer range than previously shown.