The Tesla Cybertruck is now on sale in Australia and can be secured with just a $150 deposit. More than 250,000 people around the world have pre-ordered Tesla’s controversial new electric pick-up, since its unveiling around a week ago. If you’re interested in joining the queue, get your order in at the Tesla Australia website.
There are three versions of Elon’s radical new truck that will eventually be available, starting with a rear-wheel-drive single motor variant (priced from $US39,900), with a 400km+ range, 3,400kg towing capacity and 0-96km/h acceleration time of 6.5 seconds.
The mid-spec dual-motor Cybertruck is all-wheel-drive (priced from $US49,900), promises a range of 48okm+, can tow 4,500kgs and will settle the 0-96km/h dash in 4.5 seconds.
Then there’s the top-spec tri-motor all-wheel-drive Cybertruck (priced from $US69,900), with a range of 800km+, a towing capacity of 6,350kgs and the ability to sprint from 0-96km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Full self-driving functionality can be added to all Cybertruck variants for $8,500 when placing your order. Tesla warns that the cost of self-driving functionality will increase in the future, and ticking that box when you order locks the price in for you now.
Production of the single and dual-motor Cybertruck is expected to begin in late 2021, with tri-motor production to follow in 2022. Australian pricing and specifications are as yet unknown.
Before slapping your deposit down on this dystopian 4X4 of the year award front-runner (there’ll be some advertising dollars in that for a magazine somewhere), it might pay to pause and see where this journey into the future goes. There are some big questions to be answered, such as will it meet crash-test requirements, how will the production car vary from the Cybertruck we’ve just been introduced to, and is it all some kind of elaborate PR stunt?
Let’s hope it’s a case of ‘yes’, ‘it won’t’ and ‘no’ because it’ll change everything.