Whatever you think of the man, Elon Musk is undeniably a brilliant businessman. There is simply not another person in the automotive industry that has as much influence on their fans as the South African emerald magnate. And while some of this fervor may stem from financial incentives related to the automaker’s incredibly high stock prices, part of it at the very least comes down to Elon’s engagement with folks on social media. These Twitter antics can sometimes cause problems for the automaker, but more often than not they give us a look at what is actually happening behind the scenes at Tesla Motors. According to Electrek, Elon’s response to a fan last month contains some exciting info. More specifically, the self-proclaimed Technoking noted that the Tesla Cybertruck is slated to make its production debut in Q2 of this year. Probably.
Tesla Cybertruck Update: Probably Soon?
If you are at all familiar with the history of Tesla Motors, you are aware that Elon Musk has a tendency to over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to vehicle debuts. Whether you look at the Tesla Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster, or Model S Plaid, this tends to be a common theme. Tesla Motors first pulled the cover off of the Cybertruck back in November of 2019, in what can only be described as a spectacle of an event. Eighteen months later, we still have yet to get any tangible updates related to what Musk himself referred to as a wannabe battle tank. Now though, Musk appears ready to set the record straight as it relates to the electric pickup truck.
Update probably in Q2. Cybertruck will be built at Giga Texas, so focus right now is on getting that beast built.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2021
“Update probably in Q2,” said Musk Tweeted asked about any updates related to the new EV. “Cybertruck will be built at Giga Texas, so focus right now is on getting that beast built.”
1 Million Tesla Cybertruck Reservations And Counting
Now we’ve been hearing about this updated Tesla Cybertruck for some time now. Last year, the talks centered around a potential redesign of the aggressive exterior. Elon nixed that idea however, and since then we’ve heard very little. That is supposedly going to change soon, just in time to do battle against the latest competitors. The Tesla Cybertruck will now have to face off against the GMC Hummer EV, Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and the Rivian R1T. The Cybertruck has proved more popular than those alternative electric vehicles in recent polls, however the sales chart will really be where that judgement is made. It is worth noting however that the truck has garnered over 1,000,000 reservations since its debut, which is quite impressive indeed.
Elon Musk has already stated that the automaker will need to be lucky in order to get production started by the end of the year however. This is because the Tesla Cybertruck will utilize the company’s new 4860 cell batteries. According to Teslarati, Musk believes that the automaker will not have an ability to produce these components at capacity for at least 12 to 18 months. Combine this with the fact that the Giga Texas facility is still under construction, and it seems unlikely that the Cybertruck will hit customer’s driveways anytime soon. The automaker has just installed some of their Giga Presses however, which will be used to churn out Model Y’s on the property. That should help keep the money coming in during the meantime.