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By 2022, The Electric Truck Market Will Have Started Its Stride

Tesla Cybertruck Beta Wheels Mirrors Wipers Lights Testing

The Tesla Cybertruck is now on track to hit production three years after it was initially revealed. During the latest earnings call from the automaker, Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering Lars Moravy stated that the Cybertruck is not targeted to commence production in late 2022, as it needs to “further mature the design” and the vehicle is currently in the “beta” testing phase. Originally, the Cybertruck was promised to reach production in late 2021.

Traditionally, by the time a vehicle is in a physical prototype testing phase, much of the design process is already finalized. And revealing something three years before it’s set to hit the market is a role better served by concept cars. But recently, a video of what appears to be an updated Tesla Cybertruck testing near an airfield was uploaded, just a day after I wrote that the company should start things over in favor something a bit more complete.

Tesla Cybertruck Builds By 2022?

A major update to the Tesla Cybertruck design is expected to be rear wheel steering, which appears to be a rebuttal to the GMC Hummer EV. Smaller updates will include more official things like windshield wipers and mirrors, which the original Cybertruck did not have.

If there were doubts that existed that the design of the Tesla Cybertruck is of one that circumvents just about every syllable of DOT legal framework on purpose, consider the mirrors. All vehicles are required to have them from the factory, for better or worse. CEO Elon Musk appears to take umbrage with mirrors, saying that customers will be able to easily remove them if they wanted, likely in favor of a camera system. Because mirrors are a problem.

Per the Q3 2021 earnings transcript, Tesla plans on first building the Model Y at its new facility in Texas to the capacity of 5,000 units per week, and eventually to the tune of 10,000 units per week. Once that happens, then Tesla can turn its eye on Cybertruck production.

Before Tesla pulled pricing from its website, the original Cybertruck was slated to start at under $40,000 USD. But with aggressive inflation, adding new content to the vehicle, and material supply shortages, that base price is likely rising. Should the Tesla Cybertruck eventually arrive in 2022 – three years after it originally debuted – it would come after the Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, and Ford F-150 Lightning, in that cadence. But with a staggering one million reservations tallied for the Cybertruck (not yet sold orders), Tesla pushes forward.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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