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The Austin Gigafactory Has Begun Producing The Controversial Electric Truck

Tesla Cybertruck CYBRHEX Forged Wheels

After two years of waiting, Tesla has finally built its first production Cybertruck which means customers that have been waiting all this time will finally be getting behind the wheel of this stainless steel electric pickup. It’s also believed that it will have a range of around 350 miles. This is decent but not enough to surpass the Chevrolet Silverado EV, which offers an estimated range of 450 miles, but just ahead of the F-150 Lightning, which has 320 miles of range.

Tesla recently tweeted an image of workers in hard hats surrounding a Cybertruck, the first to be built at at the Tesla Gigafactory in Texas. In January, the electric vehicle giant announced that it would begin production of the Cybertruck later this year, though a more extensive production volume won’t start until 2024. That said, the image marks the arrival of the Cybertruck entering production, which we’re sure fans worldwide are excited about due to the wait from a seemingly endless slew of delays. As for the range of the futuristic truck, that will fall short of the 620-mile range touted back when it first debuted in 2019. 

What Are The Production Tesla Cybertruck Specs?

The production model of the Tesla Cybertruck is reported to debut with a battery pack capable of delivering 350 miles of range. That’s less than the Chevrolet Silverado  / GMC Sierra EV’s 450-mile driving range but on par with the dual-motor Rivian R1T. However, if the estimate is accurate, the Ford F-150 Lightning will be surpassed by the electric truck as it only has a maximum of 320 miles when equipped with the Extended-Range pack. Though, the GMC Hummer EV 3X pickup recently got a range boost of 381 miles for the 2024 model year, which means the Cybertruck didn’t surpass the Hummer. 

However, despite production finally underway at Gigafactory Texas, there are still many unknowns for the truck. When it first debuted, it was set to offer four different powertrain options, from a single-motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range to a quad-motor AWD option with 620 miles of range. Whether Tesla still plans on offering those powertrains remains unclear. Another factor not yet revealed is pricing. In 2019, the Cybertruck was set to start at $39,900 for the base RWD variant and $49,900 for the dual-motor AWD trim. In 2021, Tesla removed all pricing and specifications from its website, so who knows? We suspect that the starting price won’t be $39,900 amid inflation, cost of production, and other factors that weren’t at play when the truck was first introduced to the world.

Tesla Cybertruck Electric Pickup Truck
Image via Tesla.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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