Tesla originally introduced the Cybertruck in November 2019, but the consensus is the electric pickup would need to go through some changes for the production model. In a tweet published earlier today, company CEO Elon Musk announced an updated version of the zero-emissions truck will be unveiled in the second quarter of the year.
It’s unclear what sort of revisions will be implemented for what everyone assumes will be a closer-to-production Cybertruck. It is believed that aside from design tweaks, Tesla is also modifying the vehicle’s size, although some are saying the final version won’t be significantly different than the concept unveiled about a year and a half ago. A drop in size of approximately three percent was previously mentioned by the company’s head honcho during an interview with Joe Rogan.
Update probably in Q2. Cybertruck will be built at Giga Texas, so focus right now is on getting that beast built.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2021
It is worth mentioning the revised Cybertruck was supposed to debut towards the end of 2020, but that didn’t happen as Tesla was busy updating its existing models. The Palo Alto-based EV manufacturer also had planned a smaller electric pickup to slot below the Cybertruck, but ultimately decided against it following a design review in the second half of May last year.
The Cybertruck is still on track to enter production by late 2021, but even Elon Musk admits Tesla needs to get “lucky” to start customer deliveries before the year’s end. Mass production is scheduled to kick off in 2022, meaning only a handful of electric trucks are going to be delivered in 2021 in a best-case scenario.
We’re hoping the updated Cybertruck coming in the next few months will shed light on some of the features Tesla has announced its much-hyped electric truck will have. For example, an optional solar roof is planned, promising to add 15 miles (24 kilometers) of range per day. Elon Musk also said something about “fold-out solar wings,” which would increase range by a further 30 to 40 miles (48 to 64 kilometers) daily.
With the engineering almost complete and the final design about to be signed off, Tesla aims to build the Cybertruck at its new Giga Texas factory in Austin where the Model Y will also be assembled to keep up with strong customer demand.
Source: Elon Musk / Twitter