Tesla Unveils Cybertruck Pricing and Features, Starting at $60,990

In a highly anticipated event in Austin, Texas, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the stage to unveil the pricing details of the long-awaited Cybertruck, marking a significant move beyond sedans and SUVs for the electric car giant. The event, shrouded in excitement, saw Musk making bold claims about the Cybertruck, describing it as "a better truck than a truck" and "a better sports car than a sports car in the same package."

The Cybertruck boasts a hard steel body claimed to be bulletproof and windows that are "rock proof." Elon Musk highlighted its impressive capabilities, including a towing capacity of over 11,000 pounds, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, and a "super-tough" composite bed measuring six feet long and four feet wide. Musk confidently stated that the Cybertruck would not only revolutionize roads but also shape the future.


However, the Tesla CEO didn't immediately disclose the pricing and battery range during the event. Subsequently, Tesla's website revealed that the rear-wheel drive base model of the Cybertruck is priced at an estimated $60,990, approximately 50% higher than the initially targeted $40,000 before incentives. Musk acknowledged the challenges in achieving volume production and ensuring the Cybertruck's positive cash flow during an October earnings call, emphasizing the "unique challenges" associated with its production.

The Cybertruck lineup includes the base model rear-wheel drive version priced at $60,990, a "Cyberbeast" version at $99,990, and an all-wheel drive version at $79,900 planned for release in 2025. The base model is expected to have a 250-mile battery range and 6.5 seconds acceleration from 0 to 60 mph, while the all-wheel drive version targets a 340-mile range and 4.1 seconds acceleration, reaching 60 mph, with a top speed of 112 mph. The high-end Cyberbeast is touted to offer the fastest acceleration, a 320-mile range, and a top speed of 130 mph.

Tesla commenced Cybertruck reservations with a refundable $100 deposit after its initial unveiling in November 2019. The company reported over a million reservations, and customers are now required to put down a $250 deposit to proceed with a Cybertruck order.

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Despite the initial unveiling in 2019, Tesla began early production of the Cybertruck only in July of this year. This timing allowed competitors like Ford, General Motors, and Rivian to enter the electric pickup truck market sooner. Rivian, a direct competitor to Tesla, recently introduced leasing options for select models of its all-electric R1T pickup truck.

While Tesla's Cybertruck generated significant excitement in 2019, the electric pickup market has not expanded as rapidly as anticipated. Startups entering the market have faced challenges, with some, like Lordstown Motors, experiencing limited success. Notably, both GM and Ford have adjusted their plans, delaying or canceling some EV products and investments, including those related to electric trucks.

As Tesla aims to redefine the automotive landscape with its Cybertruck, the electric pickup market continues to evolve, presenting both opportunities and challenges for established players and newcomers alike. The coming years will undoubtedly witness increased competition and innovation in the electric vehicle segment, reshaping the future of transportation.