Tesla’s highly anticipated Cybertruck finally had its delivery party last Thursday, unveiling detailed specifications and pricing. However, the long-awaited pickup truck’s reality falls short of Elon Musk’s promises, both in terms of cost and performance.
The Cybertruck’s price list, which was first shown during its unveiling, may currently be found on Tesla’s website. Rear-wheel drive basic model pricing starts at $60,990, plus an extra delivery fee that is not revealed. The all-wheel-drive vehicle costs $79,990, while the $99,990 performance-focused “Cyberbeast” tri-motor variant is more expensive. These sums considerably above the pricing that Musk had originally predicted during the 2019 unveiling, when he proposed a base model priced at $39,900 and more expensive models at $51,100 and $71,100.
Beyond the pricing disappointment, the Cybertruck’s capabilities also failed to meet expectations. Musk originally claimed the Cybertruck could haul a 3,500-pound payload, tow 14,000 pounds, and achieve a 500-mile range on a single charge. However, the reality presented at the delivery event showcased a 2,500-pound payload, an 11,000-pound towing capacity, and a peak range of 340 miles. While an optional bed-mounted extra battery can extend the range to 470 miles, the promised 500-mile mark remains elusive.
Tesla’s failure to meet both promised pricing and capabilities puts the Cybertruck in an awkward position, especially when compared to competitors like Ford’s F-150 Lightning, which starts at $49,995 before delivery. Tesla’s attempts to showcase the Cybertruck’s superiority through staged comparisons, like a tractor pull against the F-150 Lightning, only emphasize its struggles.
Moreover, the Cybertruck faces tough competition from the likes of Rivian’s R1T and the GMC Hummer EV, which offer competitive features at potentially more attractive prices. As a latecomer in the electric truck market, the Cybertruck may struggle to replicate the impact of Tesla’s earlier models, especially with consumers seeking more affordable and aesthetically pleasing alternatives.
In conclusion, Tesla’s Cybertruck, now priced at $61,000, has not only fallen short of its promised specifications but also faces tough competition in a market where alternatives may offer better value for the consumer’s dollar.