Electrifying overlanding anyone?

Just when you thought you’d seen and heard it all! Rumour has it that Tesla is planning to start mass production of its Cybertruck at the end of 2023, two years after the initial target of late 2021. Since the Cybertruck prototype was unveiled in late 2019, Tesla has pushed back production timing three times: first from late 2021 to late 2022, then to
early 2023, and now the end of 2023.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, is quoted as saying that the company is working on preparing its plant in Austin, Texas. Apparently the Cybertruck’s production status is listed as “tooling”, which is commonly accepted to mean that it is being prepared for production. Speculation about production of the Cybertruck has been rife on social media recently, fuelled by a recent LinkedIn post by the IDRA Group, the Italian company making the 9 000-ton Giga Press that will be used for die casting parts for the Cybertruck, that the machine was packed and ready to be shipped.

If, like us, you’re questioning the practicality and popularity of such a vehicle, chew on this… In May 2022,
Tesla stopped taking orders for the Cybertruck outside North America because – as Musk revealed – they
had more orders than they could fulfil for three years after the start of production. We checked,
and there’s no information on pricing or specifications on the Tesla website. There are, however, numerous
photographs, including some depicting the Cybertruck in an outdoorsy camping environment. Frankly,
we’re not convinced of its credentials.

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