Then again, it's Tesla being Tesla.
It's definitely set to begin production in 2022. Probably. The Tesla Cybertruck was revealed nearly two years ago in concept form. Despite accepting thousands of reservations and taking those customers' money, Tesla has yet to unveil the production-spec version. Set to be built at a new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, the Cybertruck isn't the most conventional-looking truck out there, but it'll still gather plenty of attention wherever owners go.
And speaking of those owners, Tesla has just done something that makes it literally impossible for prospective customers to place an order: it removed the pricing and specs from the official website late last week.
Prior to this, the website listed the EV truck's three trims: a rear-wheel-drive base version for $39,990, and all-wheel-drive spec for $49,990, or the tri-motor for $69,990. Additional information included a 500-mile+ range and a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.9 seconds for the top tri-motor trim only. A majority of that is gone now. Why? The answer is not easy to obtain.
Under normal circumstances, we'd reach out to the automaker for answers. Tesla, however, no longer has a PR department. Well, it kind of does. CEO Elon Musk has taken it upon himself to serve as spokesperson on Twitter from time to time. So far, he's said nothing about this matter.
Okay, so what could this all mean? We're purely speculating here but it sounds like Tesla is finalizing the production-ready truck's details and specs. The data that's been removed may no longer apply. This could mean there will be a pricing change, something Tesla is known to do on a regular basis with its other vehicles. The Model 3 and Model Y have both seen their respective prices increase every few months over the past year or so.
The bottom line: a sub-$40k Cybertruck may not happen. Bear in mind the least expensive Model 3 currently has a $42,000 price tag. It's hard to see the base Cybertruck costing less than the base Model 3. Hopefully, Tesla will provide more details shortly. Until then, everyone is being left in the dark.