Very expected: Elon Musk has confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck will go on sale next year. The electric pickup was introduced in 2019 with a planned release date of 2021. This has been pushed back to 2022 and it has now been confirmed that the electric car will finally arrive in 2023.
Musk made the announcement at a Tesla Gigafactory launch party in Texas. During the event, a production version of the Cybertruck was shown on stage, showing a slight change to the original design: the truck will no longer have door handles; instead, sensors detect when the wearer is nearby and open automatically.
The presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck almost three years ago did not go entirely smoothly. An employee threw a metal ball at his “safety” windows on the driver’s side, both windows shattered. Musk later said this was due to an earlier test in which truck doors were slammed with a sledgehammer. This could prove the strength of the Cybertruck’s body, but apparently also cracked the glass at the base of the doors.
In 2021, Tesla announced that the Cybertruck would not arrive this year, but would be released in 2022. Musk then told employees that production wouldn’t start until the end of this year, and a January report claimed the electric car would arrive in 2023, which Musk confirmed.
Elsewhere, Musk said a wide beta of Tesla’s full self-driving technology should be launched in the US later this year, with the Tesla Semi EV also due in 2023. The CEO added that production of the Optimus robot will begin next year. , which he previously called Tesla’s most important product in development, potentially larger than its auto business.