The Tesla Cybertruck is finally on the market, and it costs 50 percent more than originally announced
December 2, 2023

The Tesla Cybertruck is finally on the market, and it costs 50 percent more than originally announced

Ilona Musk's automobile company, after several years of delay, finally launched its Tesla Cybertruck electric vehicle, but now we see that it is more than 50 percent more expensive than Musk announced it in 2019.

The Tesla Cybertruck comes in three options: the RWD variant, i.e. the one with rear-wheel drive, the AWD model, i.e. the one with all-wheel drive, as well as the high-performance Cyberbeast with three engine versions. The first model costs $60,990, the one with four-wheel drive costs $79,990, while its top variant costs as much as $99,990.

This vehicle is actually a kind of electric pickup truck whose outer body is made of shiny stainless steel in a futuristic style, and it is partially inspired by the car that was converted into a submarine in the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me,” he said. Mask at the vehicle presentation.

It's the styling that accompanies the vehicle that has added complexity to manufacturing costs, and analysts say it threatens to alienate buyers from traditional utility-focused pickup trucks. Musk said at the car's launch in Texas that it was “a better pickup truck than a pickup truck and a better sports car than a sports car in the same package.”

Its body is described by Tesla as an “exoskeleton”, as it contains a body made of stainless steel and supposedly shatter-resistant glass. Underneath that exoskeleton, the Cybertruck has an 800 V electric architecture. The best version with three motors, the Cyberbeast, can reportedly accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h in just 2.6 seconds. The new Tesla vehicle has 845 horsepower, and the maximum speed of the most expensive model is 209 km/h.

The cargo area made of composite material is slightly shorter than two meters and 1.2 meters wide, while the load capacity of the four-door vehicle is 1,134 kilograms. The company equipped the Tesla Cybertruck with a wire-by-wire steering wheel control system that adjusts the rotation of the steering wheel based on the vehicle's speed. Also, the central screen in the interior of the vehicle is equipped with an 18.5-inch diagonal screen, which is complemented by a 9.4-inch secondary screen for rear seat passengers.

The forecast is that the RWD model reaches 97 km/h in six and a half seconds, with a range of 402 km. The AWD variant, with 600 horsepower, can reach 97 km/h in 3.9 seconds with a range of 547 km. The range of the top Cyberbeast variant is said to be 515 km, which is less than the 805 km per battery charge that the company had previously forecast.

To partially compensate for this lag, Tesla offers a range extender, an additional battery that occupies roughly a third of the cargo area and increases the range of the AWD version to 756 kilometers, and the Cyberbeast model to 708 kilometers.

In addition to the range, as we have already established, the price did not remain the same as the initial announcements. Musk's $40,000 Cybertruck promises aren't even close to what his models are now. Any discounts will not be available until at least 2025.

In addition to these unusual vehicles, the company also offers accessories such as tents or changing the color, which are additionally charged from three to five thousand dollars. The basic warranty for the vehicle lasts four years or 80,500 kilometers, while the battery and drive unit remain under warranty for eight years or 241,400 kilometers. It is obvious that not everyone will be able to drive this car, which after all does not represent exactly what was promised four years ago.

Nevertheless, analysts expect that the Tesla Cybertruck will change the rules in the EV industry and remain the most frequently mentioned vehicle in the coming period. From this point of view, it is not entirely clear whether Tesla will manage to achieve commercial success with its new product.