Tesla has manufactured its long-awaited Cybertruck, marking a significant milestone for the company. The futuristic electric pickup truck was introduced by CEO Elon Musk in 2019 and has finally rolled off the production line at the Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. With a stainless steel alloy body capable of withstanding small arms fire and a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds, the Cybertruck aims to make a strong impact in the pickup truck market.
The availability and pricing details of the Cybertruck have not been disclosed, but Musk stated earlier this year that deliveries are expected between July and September. Tesla’s entry into the electric pickup market comes amid stiff competition from rival automakers. Rivian offers the R1T, priced at $73,000, while General Motors has the Hummer EV pickup, and Ford has unveiled the F-150 Lightning.
In response to the impending release of the Cybertruck, Ford recently reduced the prices of seven models of the Lightning by $6,000 to $10,000. The move is seen as a strategic response to the increasing competition in the electric pickup segment. Analysts suggest that Ford’s decision reflects their awareness of the Cybertruck’s potential impact on the market.
Initially, Tesla announced three versions of the Cybertruck with prices ranging from $40,000 to $70,000. However, the company has removed pricing information from its website, leaving customers awaiting further details. As the first Cybertruck hits the roads, Tesla has signaled its entry into the competitive electric pickup truck market, where established automakers are facing the challenge of adapting to the changing landscape of sustainable transportation.