November 21st will mark the third anniversary of the Cybertruck’s unveiling and, when that date arrives, it will remind investors and reservation holders that Tesla’s electric vehicle dominance is fleeting.
While the model would have been revolutionary had it arrived in 2021 as promised, Tesla has become a spectator in the race they started. The GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, and Ford F-150 Lightning have already gone into production, while countless others are set to follow and potentially beat the Cybertruck to market.
However, it’s impossible to say as even Tesla doesn’t know when the Cybertruck will be launched. CEO Elon Musk acknowledged as much during Tesla’s question and answer session for shareholders. In response to a question that had been upvoted 7,500 times, Musk said “We’re hoping to start delivering them in the middle of next year.” Of course, hope only gets you so far as once hopeful Semi, Roadster, and Cybertruck reservation holders will tell you.
Even if Tesla is able to hit their target of mid-2023, the Cybertruck could arrive after the Chevrolet Silverado EV. A fleet-focused WT variant is slated to arrive in the spring of 2023 with an estimated range of over 400 miles (644 km). It will then be followed by the range-topping RST First Edition in the fall of that same year.
That being said, Tesla may finally be able to hit their latest deadline as Giga Texas is now open and cranking out Model Ys. The company has also been testing an assortment of Cybertruck prototypes and they appear to be inching closer to production. While there’s little doubt the truck will eventually roll off the assembly line, the bigger question will probably become are they too late?