Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck: Can It Save Tesla?

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What led to the Cybertruck’s protracted production problems? How vital is the vehicle’s success to Tesla’s business strategy? Does the polarizing truck have breakout potential or niche appeal?

Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck, unveiled recently, has been besieged by production challenges, largely associated with the company’s use of the notoriously difficult-to-manipulate hardened stainless steel. Tesla confronts economic headwinds and slipping market share, and hopes the Cybertruck can ignite sales growth.

Here’s a look at the Cybertruck’s production issues and why sales are so vital for Tesla.

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Tesla’s Cybertruck: Will It Take Off or Flop?

Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck finally arrived last week, carrying the company’s hopes of reversing its declining fortunes. After years of setbacks, questions loom about whether the radical pickup can ignite sales and restore Tesla’s fading EV dominance.


First revealed in 2019, Elon Musk’s Blade Runner-inspired electric Cybertruck aimed to penetrate the lucrative truck market, then dominated by the Ford F-150 and rivaled by GM, Dodge, and Toyota. 

Boasting an impact-resistant, bulletproof exoskeleton crafted from stainless steel and Tesla’s proprietary armor glass, the Cybertruck promised optimal safety for drivers and passengers. Its ultra-durable design, engineered to withstand harsh environmental conditions and resist dents and corrosion, initially captivated fans. Musk touted the Cybertruck’s capabilities as matching or exceeding those of conventional trucks, including its ability to carry a 2,500-pound load and tow up to 14,000 pounds. 

With entry models starting below $40,000, the Cybertruck appeared poised to disrupt established brands and shake up the truck market segment, accounting for 14% of light vehicle sales.

Cybertruck Production Challenges

Yet those ambitious plans met harsh realities. The Cybertruck encountered cascading setbacks ranging from supply chain disruptions that impacted the broader auto industry to the difficulty of manipulating and welding hardened stainless steel. Musk has acknowledged the significant production hurdles, saying, “We dug our own grave with the Cybertruck.”

Cybertruck production headaches had already delayed deliveries by over two years, and experts say they may continue, citing Tesla’s difficulty scaling up production of its 4680 battery and 800-volt electrical architecture, which requires extensive changes to charging infrastructure and the broader vehicle system. Musk concedes that reaching Tesla’s goal of producing and selling 250,000 Cybertruck units annually may take until at least 2025

Cybertruck: Tesla’s Salvation?

The Cybertruck enters a more unpredictable landscape today than in 2019, facing the backdrop of escalating interest rates, declining market share, eroding investor faith in Tesla’s potential global dominance, and fierce competition from other electric truck makers.

Tesla’s future growth relies heavily on the Cybertruck’s success, elevating the vehicle from more than just a new model to a vital component of the company’s strategy to rekindle consumer excitement for the brand, rejuvenate sales of other Tesla models, and restore the company’s financial health. 

Looking Ahead

Whether Tesla’s Cybertruck will spark a transportation revolution remains to be seen. Some analysts predict that the Cybertruck will primarily attract a niche market—a theory that the high barrier to entry seems to support. The basic Cybertruck model, with a 250-mile range on a full charge, starts at $60,990—and the price tag escalates sharply for the premium”Cyberbeast” model, whose 320-mile range comes at a hefty $99,990.

Signs point to substantial mainstream interest, with around two million reservations reported for the vehicle. Even so, experts anticipate only 30% to 40% of these reservations will culminate in actual sales. It’s also uncertain if Tesla can match this demand with adequate production of the trucks.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck: Can It Save Tesla?

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Hannah Aster

Hannah graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and double minors in Professional Writing and Creative Writing. She grew up reading books like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials and has always carried a passion for fiction. However, Hannah transitioned to non-fiction writing when she started her travel website in 2018 and now enjoys sharing travel guides and trying to inspire others to see the world.

One thought on “Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck: Can It Save Tesla?

  • March 5, 2024 at 2:36 pm

    Great read! I agree there is a lot of unknown still. The self driving aspect that’s unique to Tesla is really the dynamic difference that will cause it to stand out, if that’s an aspect that interests people. However that is not an interest likely for most stereotypical “truck drivers”


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