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  • Philip Osadebay - Tech Journalist

What you should know about the Tesla Cybertruck before it is delivered 

Tesla is determined to make a significant position with the delivery of its long-anticipated Cybertruck this Thursday, marking a culmination of four years since the prototype's unveiling. The electric pickup, characterized by its stainless steel exterior, competitive payload and tow capacities, positioning it against other trucks in the market.

Despite the excitement surrounding the imminent deliveries, Elon Musk acknowledged in a recent earnings call that the ramp-up to full production might extend into 2025. This timeframe falls notably behind the initial rollout goal outlined by Musk.

The Cybertruck first made waves in 2019 due to an unexpected mishap during a prototype-reveal event, where the supposedly "armored" glass shattered during a demonstration. However, the standout feature remains its stainless steel frame, offering dent resistance and the option to forgo a traditional paint job. Elon Musk even goes so far as to describe it as "literally bulletproof."

Beyond its durability, the Cybertruck has a 3,500-pound payload capacity, 100 cubic feet of storage space and seating for six adults. The interior features a minimalist design,  a 17-inch touchscreen at the center of the dashboard. Drivers can adjust the suspension height by 4 inches, according to Tesla.

During the 2019 release event, Tesla announced three versions of the Cybertruck, ranging in price from $39,000 to $69,000. However, these prices are no longer visible on the Tesla website, leaving room for potential changes before wider availability.

The much-anticipated Cybertruck delivery event is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Thursday in Austin, Texas, hosted at a manufacturing plant. While Tesla plans to live-stream the event, details about where the video can be viewed remain undisclosed.

Interestingly, only a limited batch of 10 Cybertrucks is expected to be delivered at the event, as mentioned by Tesla's global director of product design, Javier Verdura. This limited initial release underscores the challenges Tesla faces in scaling up production, as emphasized by Musk in recent investor calls.

Despite these challenges, Musk remains optimistic, attributing the delay to the complexities of transitioning from prototypes to mass production. He highlighted the need to "invent not just the car but the way to make the car," emphasizing the unpredictable nature of venturing into uncharted territory.

In conclusion, while the first deliveries of the Cybertruck mark a significant milestone, the road to widespread availability appears to be paved with production challenges that Tesla aims to navigate in the coming years.


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