Tesla reopens reservations for Cybertruck

Max McDee, 02 May 2023

We have great news for those of you who wanted a Cybertruck but missed out on the first wave of reservations. Tesla just opened up order books again - at least in the US - and a lowly deposit of $100 is all you need to put your name down for the most controversial electric car this world has ever seen.

The Cybertruck has been in the making since that memorable November 2019 unveiling - the one with Franz von Holzhausen smashing the “bulletproof” Armor Glass windows. From then on Cybertruck was delayed time after time, but it went on "pre-orders" around the world with an estimated 1.7 million units reserved so far.

Tesla reopens orders for Cybertruck

Tesla stopped taking reservations eventually, it even started refunding customers in Australia and Europe and confirmed that initially, the vehicle will be only available in the US. Then we saw various test units popping up all over the internet - clearly, the development was progressing, but it was taking much longer than anybody would like.

Eventually this year we started seeing a flurry of progress, the hiring campaign for Cybertruck assembly workers went live, the final iterations of the vehicle were shown at closed-door events and then eventually we saw the final product with its giant wiper out in the open - the cat was truly out of the bag.

Tesla reopens orders for Cybertruck

And now Tesla is yet again taking $100 deposits for the Cybertruck on its website. There are no configuration options available, it is just a simple way to secure a place in a very long waiting line for undoubtedly the most controversial electric vehicle in the world.

What do we know about the Cybertruck so far? It will come in three versions - SR, LR, and Performance. The latter will accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds despite its house-like dimensions suggesting it will use a Plaid drivetrain. The Performance version will have the biggest battery as well with a claimed range of 805km under WLTP cycle.

Tesla reopens orders for Cybertruck

The entry-level SR model will only have one electric motor powering rear wheels, the WLTP range is estimated at 402km with a 0 to 60mph sprint taking 6.5 seconds. The LR model adds another electric motor for AWD setup and its 0 to 60mph time improves to 4.5 seconds. It clearly comes with a larger battery as well since its WLTP range is 483km.

Cybertruck will go into production in the next couple of months with the first lucky - and very patient - customers getting their hands on one before the end of this year. Tesla will have to make at least 200,000 of them every year in the hope to clear the longest order list in history. How many of those pre-orders convert to actual buys will depend on first reviews - if the Cybertruck is a hit, Tesla will be busy for years. If it is a flop, it’ll take the company years to recover from it.



Reader comments

Wonder who with a healthy brain cells would buy this holy ugliness of a car. Even a worm bitten and rotten Apple looks way more delicious to be honest.



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