During the last call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Cybertruck would cost “literally a million dollars apiece,” mainly because there are very few 4680 battery cells produced
The Cybertruck (along with a truck called Semi) is likely to hit the market sometime in 2022, although it hasn’t been officially announced. So, during the publication of Tesla’s report for the 2nd quarter of 2021, the company reported that “due to limited availability of battery cells and problems with the global supply chain, we have postponed the launch of the Semi Truck program to 2022.” In addition, the company noted that the Cybertruck will go into production after they begin building the Model Y at their new Austin plant.
At the same time, the interest of buyers in the Cybertruck model is obvious, because more than a million pre-orders have already been issued, so Tesla should be motivated to stick to the announced schedule and bring the car to market.
In the meantime, however, the manufacturer is concentrating on ramping up Model Y production at its Texas plant under construction in Austin, concurrently with the completion of the plant itself.
The plan is for the Cybertruck to eventually be produced in the same plant, but now the unit cost would be too high if the company started small-scale production. Tesla is certainly not going to ditch the electric pickup, as Musk himself said it would be the company’s best product ever.
The biggest hurdle is securing enough 4680 series cells. They will eventually be used in the Model Y (in addition to the Cybertruck and Semi) as part of a structural battery pack that will also be cheaper and lighter in weight.
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