Telsa CEO and billionaire Elon Musk teased the upcoming launch of an updated version of the Cybertruck during the second quarter of the year as Tesla is focusing on bringing the electric pickup truck into production.
Tesla Cybertruck launch
Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck back in November 2019, but the vehicle is not scheduled to enter production until towards the end of 2021.
In 2020, since the unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck, the company had been modifying the electric pickup truck leading to its production.
Unlike other automakers in the market who unveil concept vehicles and later produce versions that are toned down, Tesla is known to bring production vehicles to the market that resemble the original concepts.
But Tesla still has to make some adjustments during its EVs production process, and Cybertruck is no different. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had talked about the company updating the adaptive air suspension of the vehicle, as posted on his Twitter account.
The update could also show some features of the truck that were announced in the past that have not been demonstrated yet, as the solar roof for the truck's bed.
Musk also talked about making the truck smaller, but he changed the plan after a design review back in May 2020. While Tesla changed the plan of producing a smaller Cybertruck, some adjustments to the truck's design and dimensions are already expected.
The updated version of the truck was expected to be launched in 2020, but it was delayed due to the pandemic. Now Musk stated that the truck update is coming mid-2021, between April and June.
The Tesla CEO also added that the company's focus is to bring the pickup truck back to production at the Gigafactory in Texas, which is currently under construction.
At the beginning of this year, Musk has stated that the company needs to be lucky to ensure the Cybertruck production will not be delayed again and would start before 2021 ends.
Tesla could also show updated specs for the Cybertruck after unveiled plans for its in-house battery in 2020. The company revealed its plans to launch the two higher-end versions of the truck in late 2021.
The two electric trucks will have around 300 and 500 miles of range, and they will be equipped with dual and tri-motor powertrains, and they will start at $49,000.
Meanwhile, a cheaper and lower range version of the Tesla Cybertruck will be available in the future.
Other Tesla updates
Tesla's Model 3 is a massive hit in Japan as demands soar, thanks to a 25% price slash. According to a report by Automotive News, Model 3 has received significant price slashes of 25% for the Japanese market.
Since the price decreased, the demand for the product increased. A report from Teslarati stated that Model 3 delivery estimates in Japan had been pushed back to at least four months, as the waiting time to ship the vehicle had changed to an eight-week window.
The sales increase of Tesla in Japan this year has been impressive, considering that it suffered in 2020 as the automaker only sold less than 2,000 units. Musk needs to market in Japan to achieve his goal of 20 million units sold globally by 2030.
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Written by Sieeka Khan