In a move that some interpret as another silent step back from previous promises, Tesla has removed all information on when the Cybertruck will go into production. The company has yet to make a public statement about the change, but here’s what we know, what we don’t know, and something still hidden in the HTML for the page.
Let’s not forget that it was at the end of 2019 when Elon Musk proudly announced the Cybertruck and celebrated by (unintentionally) smashing his driver’s side windows. It looks like the big square Tesla went into production perfectly. Much of the same information from the launch still exists on the site.
Anyone with $ 100 can reserve one now. This reservation is the same for all versions with which the Cybertruck is supposed to be delivered. Of course, the prices were also removed from the website. All of these factors are surprising to one degree or another.
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If production is delayed again, why leave reservations open? Ford shut down theirs once they sensed they were going to struggle to deliver the F-150 Lightning in a timely manner.
Why have the prices disappeared? Tesla is notorious for raising prices unexpectedly or for failing to honor previously quoted prices. For example, yesterday they removed everything except the six-seat configuration from the X Plaid model, which effectively increased the base price by $ 6,000.
The only change to the site (aside from pricing) is the complete removal of any production date or schedule. Interestingly enough, when viewing the source of the page, it’s easy to find old code that says “complete your setup as production nears end of 2021”.
Clearly enough, Musk and the Tesla team have been blown away until that date. The site had been updated from this old script to say “production in 2022”, but now that is also gone and the only thing that appears on the site is “You will be able to complete your setup as the launch approaches. production ”. So here’s what we don’t know: When will the Cybertruck actually be in the hands of customers.
Musk has a knack for surprising announcements, but there is one type left: one where a vehicle he promised is ready in advance. It would be great to hear that the first 100 Cybertrucks have been completed and that they will be on their way to customers soon. But we don’t hold our breath.