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Tesla Cybertruck: all the news about Elon Musk’s futuristic pickup truck

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Here’s everything you need to know about Tesla’s first pickup truck, which Elon Musk has called “heart-stopping” and his “personal favorite” of Tesla’s vehicles.

Pickups have become more popular lately — their share of the US light vehicle market increased to 17.5 percent in 2019, from just under 13 percent in 2012. They’re also the fastest-growing auto segment in the US. That makes Tesla’s entry into pickups sensible, analysts say. Another pickup perk: pricing. Pickups tend to be expensive.

Even with direct competition from established players (like Ford’s forthcoming electric F-150) and newcomers (like Rivian), there is a ton of money to be made in pickup trucks.

But Tesla may distinguish itself from the rest of the market with its Blade Runner-inspired design. Musk has said that he wants to combine Porsche-level performance with utility that makes a Ford F-150 look like a Tonka truck.

  • Tesla Cybertruck starts at $60,990 and can get up to 340 miles of range

    Four years after its debut, the Tesla Cybertruck has finally reached its first batch of customers. The truck was delivered to about a dozen people during a lavish event at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, at which Elon Musk predicted the truck would usher in a new, more exciting future.

    The company also provided updated details about the pricing, range, and features for the truck, much of which has changed significantly from the originally announced numbers. The rear-wheel drive version of the electric truck will start at $60,990 — up from the original price of $39,900 in 2019 — and will get 250 miles of range on a full charge. That version won’t be available until 2025.

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  • How to watch Tesla’s 2023 Cybertruck delivery event

    Tesla Cybertruck prototype in 2019, sitting on a stage in front of a massive projection screen.
    The Cybertruck prototype was first revealed onstage in 2019.
    Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge

    Tesla is about to deliver the first Cybertrucks to buyers at an event on Thursday, November 30th, starting around 3PM ET / 2PM CT / 12PM PT in Austin, Texas.

    The electric pickup truck, with a jarringly polygonal design, was first revealed in November 2019 by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The Cybertruck’s unique design helped it make its mark, and many people immediately plunked down $100 to hold a place in line to get one. Even the botched “armor glass” demonstration, in which Tesla’s lead designer smashed the driver’s side window with a metal ball, did little to deter interest.

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  • The Cybertruck made a mark but missed its moment

    Photo illustration of a Tesla Cybertruck.
    The Verge / Photo by Bloomberg, Getty Images

    It feels like a thousand years since Tesla first introduced the Cybertruck, but it’s actually only been about a thousand days. Still, that’s a long time in the auto world, and to say people are getting antsy waiting would be a huge understatement. 

    The Cybertruck certainly took its time getting here, slogging its way through a global pandemic, a presidential election, two ongoing wars, and many other terrible things that have happened over the past four years. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and his emergence as a “haver of bad opinions, especially about Jews” also took place within this time and is sure to cast a shadow over the Cybertruck’s big moment.   

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  • Tesla’s Cyberquad for Kids is back and officially a toy again

    A child riding on a Cyberquad for Kids in a grassy garden.
    Orders for the new Model 915 Cyberquad for Kids are expected to ship in late November.
    Image: Tesla

    After being recalled last year for not meeting product safety standards, Tesla’s $1,900 Cyberquad for Kids is once again available to purchase on the Tesla webstore in the US. The latest release of the Cybertruck-inspired ride-on toy — identified as Model 915 — is an updated version of the Model 914 Cyberquad for Kids that launched back in December 2021. Orders for the Model 915 are expected to begin shipping in late November.

    Like the Model 914, the new Model 915 Cyberquad for Kids was jointly created by Tesla and popular children’s toy maker Radio Flyer, best known as the makers of the Little Red Wagon. The battery-powered Cyberquad for Kids has a 500W motor with a top speed of 10 mph (that parents can switch to 5 mph) and a max range of 15 miles, with LED headlights and taillights. Much like its Cybertruck inspiration, this pint-sized version of the Cyberquad ATV for adults also features a steel frame and high-pressure rubber air tires.

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  • If you buy a Cybertruck, Tesla says you can’t sell it for a year.

    Whatever you think of its windshield wiper, if you are one of the first Cybertruck owners (price still TBA), Tesla intends for you to hang onto your electric truck.

    Tesla’s order agreement says “You agree that, you will not sell or otherwise attempt to sell the Vehicle within the first year following your Vehicle’s delivery date,” without getting permission. Breaking the deal could result in your truck being remotely deactivated.

  • Is the Cybertruck’s wiper actually multiple wipers in a row? An investigation

    A close-up shot of the Tesla Cybertruck, focused on the wiper.
    One big wiper, or three wipers in a trench coat?
    Image: Parker Ortolani / The Verge

    As Vergecast listeners know, I am deeply and forever fascinated by the Tesla Cybertruck’s wiper — it is one of the silliest design compromises in automotive history on a vehicle that is itself a rolling design compromise. I love it so much.

    Anyway, I’ve been asking listeners to send in detailed shots of the wiper to confirm a rumor I’ve been hearing — my thanks to the dozens of people who’ve passed along photos. I didn’t have anything worth running until today, though: our own Parker Ortolani spotted a Cybertruck in NYC and took several photos that appear to show that the “single wiper” is actually multiple wiper blades stacked in a row.

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  • The kind of view only a 6th-gen Camaro owner could truly appreciate.

    The sightlines from the Cybertruck interior should be interesting once the first deliveries happen next month.

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    Yes, but is the windshield wiper bulletproof?

    Tesla Owners Silicon Valley posted a video of an apparently bullet-pocked Cybertruck driving on a highway at night.

    Musk replied to a repost of it, claiming that the dents were from “the entire drum magazine of a Tommy gun” and “no bullets penetrated into the passenger compartment.”

    I’m going back to sleep.

  • The Cybertruck’s VINs reveal clues about the long-delayed truck

    Photo of a prototype Cybertruck.
    How many motors have you got?
    Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge

    Tesla’s Cybertruck is finally nearing its first delivery event on November 30th, and yet we still don’t have key details on configurations, prices, and other specifications of the unconventionally designed pickup truck.

    But today, we got some insight for the launch, including initial Cybertruck powertrain options and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), thanks to new VIN info from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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  • Elon Musk says ‘we dug our own grave with Cybertruck,’ offers new delivery date

    A promotional image of a Tesla Cybertruck prototype driving on a track in the desert.
    Tesla Cybertruck prototype.
    Image: Tesla

    The Tesla Cybertruck finally has a delivery date, according to a company post on X (formerly Twitter). Along with its third quarter earnings today, Tesla announced the long-delayed Cybertruck electric pickup will have its first deliveries during an event on November 30th at the company’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. The company is also expected to announce pricing then, which was originally pegged at $39,900 when first announced in 2019.

    On Tesla’s Q3 earnings call Wednesday evening, CEO Elon Musk said he wanted to “temper expectations” as production ramp-up for Cybertruck will be extremely difficult. Musk says Tesla is targeting a quarter million Cybertrucks per year in the future, but that won’t happen until after 2024, and confirmed that more than 1 million people have reserved the truck.

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  • See, there’s a Cybertruck.

    With plans for a delivery event soon, Elon Musk has said Tesla is testing production candidate versions of its electric pickup that will fit inside your garage, and now he’s shown off a picture of one.

  • Tesla is selling a ‘Cybertruck cat nest’ in China for some reason.

    Is it a litter box? A kitty bed? Who knows, but given cats are infamous for their love of cardboard boxes, the choice of material is highly commendable.

  • I can’t believe we’re all just letting this Cybertruck wiper photo slide.

    The ratio of wiper size to effectiveness here is so low as to be almost zero.

    muddy cybertruck launching wet dirt from all tires
    You’re wiping it wrong.
    Image: Tesla
  • Tesla’s Cybertruck didn’t always look so cyberpunk

    Musk, von Holzhausen, and a third man stand in front of several boards of images.
    The photo shared by Isaacson showing concept images of the Cybertruck, and the pop culture that inspired them. Click to see full-sized image.
    Image: Walter Isaacson

    Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson has shared a photograph of the Tesla CEO during an early meeting about the Cybertruck that sheds interesting light on the alternative designs considered, as well as the pop culture that ultimately inspired it. On the left of the image we can see several concept images of Tesla’s electric pickup truck, while on the right is a mood board showing images from various movies and video games, including many sci-fi and cyberpunk titles. In the foreground Musk can be seen in conversation with Tesla design chief Franz von Holzhausen.

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an alternative design for Tesla’s eye-catching pickup truck. During the company’s launch event for the Tesla Semi in 2017, Musk teased the announcement of the forthcoming vehicle with an early concept image featuring a much more Semi-style front-end. But the new photograph released by Isaacson shows a range of different designs, many with less-angular bodies that what recently rolled off the assembly line.

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  • Tesla’s Cybertruck is less than 19 feet long so it can fit in your garage

    muddy cybertruck launching wet dirt from all tires
    A Cybertruck being tested “around the world” for final certification and validation.
    Image: Tesla

    Tesla revealed new measurements for its long-delayed Cybertruck in its Q2 earnings report. The polarizing truck will be less than 19 feet long and will have a bed that’s longer than six feet, which is shorter than Ford’s best-selling F-150 Lighting, which is 19.25 feet long with a 5.5-foot bed.

    “We continue to build release candidates of the Cybertruck on our final production line in Austin,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on an earnings call today. Musk claims it’s the first four-door pickup that comes in that bed and length size combination and that there’s “a lot of new technology” in the vehicle.

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  • Tesla's Texas plant has built (at least) one Cybertruck.

    The Cybertruck debuted in 2019 and was originally scheduled to launch in 2021. But after some delays, it looks on track with Elon's schedule for limited production this summer, a delivery event in Q3, and mass production in 2024.

    Tesla tweeted out this picture saying "First Cybertruck built at Giga Texas! 🤠," And while we can't see details like a rounder front end, nothing can hide that huge windshield wiper.

    And yes, Tesla is still accepting preorders for the low-poly pickup if you put $100 down.

    Tesla Cybertruck pickup shown surrounded by factory workers.
    Tesla Cybertruck
    Image: @Tesla (Twitter's)
  • Leaked Tesla documents shed new light on why the Cybertruck is taking so long

    Tesla’s Cybertruck.
    An image of Tesla’s Cybertruck as of its November 2019 announcement.
    Image: Tesla

    When the Cybertruck was announced in November 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he expected production to start in late 2021. But leaked Tesla documents examined by Wired suggest that the company was still struggling with the performance of basic elements of a preproduction “alpha” version of the truck in January 2022 including its braking, body sealing, and suspension.

    Over a million customers are thought to have put down a $100 deposit to reserve the Cybertruck since its infamous 2019 unveiling, during which Tesla’s design chief Franz von Holzhausen — at Musk’s request — accidentally smashed two of its windows with a metal ball in a failed demonstration of its durability. Although it’s unlikely to be Tesla’s best-selling vehicle, the Cybertruck’s eventual release will be seen as a symbolic victory for a company that has not shipped a new consumer model since 2020’s Model Y

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  • Tesla supply chain manager moves to Rivian as Cybertruck production looms

    Tesla cybertruck prototype zooms on desert land
    Image: Tesla

    As Tesla nears its deadline to begin Cybertruck production, the person responsible for buying the materials to build the electric trucks is leaving the company. The Information reports that Tesla’s supply chain executive Mustapha El Akkari, who oversaw purchasing of raw materials for the Cybertruck and other Tesla vehicles, is now moving on to rival electric vehicle company Rivian.

    According to the report, El Akkari (whose Twitter profile mentions he is Tesla’s head of raw materials) was responsible for $16 billion in supply purchases at Tesla, which included materials like aluminum and steel. Now it looks like El Akkari will be doing similar work for Rivian by accepting a “senior director of structures and raw materials” position, according to a source speaking to The Information.

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  • Tesla Cybertruck’s dashboard looks like a comfy place to sunbathe.

    From a few leaked pics being discussed over at the Cybertruckownersclub we see a hybrid of the yoke and round steering wheel that retains the touch-sensitive buttons instead of stalks, no display directly in front of the driver, and a dashboard deep enough to curl up and take a nap upon after doing super serious truck stuff all day.

    At least you can see the top half of a full-sized adult — good luck kids.
    At least you can see the top half of a full-sized adult — good luck kids.
    Image: Cybertruckownersclub forum
  • Don’t let Tesla Cybertruck’s new tool rack distract from its oversized windshield wiper

    Tesla Cybertruck tool rack
    Forget the tool rack; stay focused on the wiper.
    GIF: Tesla

    We here at The Verge are committed to delivering to you hard-hitting journalism that touches on the defining issues of our times. Issues like climate change, artificial intelligence, free speech, and, of course, the Tesla Cybertruck’s comically oversize windshield wiper.

    Yesterday, Tesla teased a new accessory for the Cybertruck: a tool rack that attaches to the bed of the electric pickup truck. At first glance, this would seem to be an obvious accessory to offer to truck customers, many of whom are contractors and tradespeople with a wide variety of tool storage needs. The Cybertruck aspires to be a truck for all types of people, and a tool rack helps illustrate the types of accessories that will be available when it eventually comes out (probably next year, but who knows).

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  • The endless wait for a new EV is becoming a familiar rite of passage.

    The latest customers to experience the “when will this EV that I ordered actually arrive” anxiety? Would-be Cadillac Lyriq owners. According to Bloomberg, folks are starting to get a little bit antsy!

    It’s a frustrating stumble, and a customer service headache for GM. Cadillac message boards and Lyriq social media groups on Facebook are crackling with complaints about the wait and how communication among GM, its dealers and customers has either led to confusion or left them in the dark. Some buyers have abandoned their reservations, while others are waiting and grumbling.

    See also Rivian, Ford, Lucid, and, of course, Tesla Cybertruck.

  • Elon Musk announces Tesla Cybertruck delivery event in third quarter of 2023

    Tesla Cybertruck
    Image: Getty

    Tesla will have a delivery event for its long-delayed Cybertruck in the third quarter of 2023, Elon Musk said during an earnings call with investors Wednesday.

    After more than three years since its initial announcement, Cybertruck production is expected to start this summer — though Musk has said that volume production won’t begin until next year.

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  • First look at Cybertruck’s comically large windshield wiper in action

    A drone view of the giant wiper blade stretched across Cybertruck’s windshield.
    A drone view of the giant wiper blade stretched across Cybertruck’s windshield.
    Screenshot from video by Brad Sloan.

    A new drone video has surfaced showing the Cybertruck’s ridiculously large windshield wiper in action. And you know what? It’s functional — and perhaps improved — but still doesn’t reach a good chunk of the glass in front of the passenger.

    The video shot by Brad Sloan above Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory location on Thursday (and surfaced by Electrek) shows the Cybertruck undergoing a wind tunnel test. At the 13:42 mark you can see the truck’s single XL wiper blade start moving, with decent reach across the majority of windshield. Maybe it’s the angle, but it does seem like an improvement over some prototypes we’ve seen.

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  • Tesla launches a Cybertruck-styled charging box in China.

    Tesla’s angular pickup truck won’t be in full volume production until next year, but Not A Tesla App points out the electric car company revealed this Cybervault in China.

    As described, it’s a weatherproof lockbox (opened by key or code) with a hard-wired version of Tesla’s mobile charger inside. There’s no word on if Tesla plans to sell the $800 setup, including labor and warranty, elsewhere, but you can buy just a mobile charger for $230 from Tesla.

  • Important Tesla Cybertruck windshield wiper update.

    We here at The Verge are heavily invested in the greatest debate of our time: what kind of windshield wiper Tesla will eventually install on its hilariously impractical Cybertruck. Previous versions include comically large and comically undersized. Now, according to Electrek, it appears Tesla is toying with the idea of no wiper at all. Just naked and free. The EV version of Drew Barrymore joyfully dancing in the rain.

    Who needs a windshield wiper anyway?
    Who needs a windshield wiper anyway?
    Image: Cybertruck Owners Club