Tesla Finally Claims its Cybertruck in Production

Tesla claims to have finally built its first Cybertruck BEV pickup a full two years after it was supposed to be on sale.

Assembled at the company’s plant in Austin, Texas, the company said in a tweet last weekend that the truck had been completed, Reuters reports. Elon Musk introduced the pickup truck in a 2019 reveal where the vehicle’s designer cracked the vehicle’s supposedly unbreakable “armor glass” windows.

The company has pushed back production timing since then and Musk had last year cited shortages in sourcing components as the reason for pushing the launch of Cybertruck into 2023. Musk said in a May shareholder meeting that Tesla wants to produce up to 250,000 trucks a year assuming there’s demand.

The Cybertruck launch could give Tesla a BEV entrant in one of the most profitable segments of the US market and a competitor to electric pickups from the likes of Ford and Rivian, both with models albeit in still-limited numbers. Reuters reported last year that Tesla aims to start mass production of Cybertruck at the end of 2023.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_  and Threads

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