Why Tesla Cybertruck’s more powerful versions get production priority?

Why Tesla Cybertruck’s more powerful versions get production priority?


Tesla has updated its Cybertruck production
timelines for different versions of the electric pickup truck after strong pre-orders for the
highest performance versions. The Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled last month
and with it three different versions: the Single Motor Rear Wheel Drive, the Dual Motor
all-wheel drive, and the Tri Motor all-wheel drive. When Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared the Cybertruck
– at the time, he said that the two less expensive versions with single or dual motors and small
battery pack are coming in “late 2021,” while the more expensive version with more
motors and bigger battery pack is going to be available in “late 2022.” When giving the first pre-order count, Elon
Musk said that 42% of reservation holders chose the Dual Motor option, 41% chose the
Tri Motor option, and only 17% chose the least expensive Single Motor option. It would seem the preorder percentages haven’t
been kind to the entry-level single-motor Tesla Cybertruck. Days after the reveal, Musk tweeted the company
had received 250,000 preorders, which likely persuaded Tesla to revamp the truck’s production
schedule to build the more in-demand trims first. It doesn’t hurt the dual- and tri-motor
trucks – both all-wheel drive – are $10,000 and $30,000 more, respectively, than the entry-level
single-motor truck that starts at $39,900. Following strong pre-orders of the Cybertruck,
Tesla has changed its production timeline for the high-performance versions. In this video Engineering Today will discuss
Tesla’s Cybertruck which updates production timeline after strong pre-orders. Why Tesla Cybertruck’s more powerful versions
get production priority? Why Elon Musk gets Governor’s welcome to
build Tesla Cybertruck in Alaska? Let’s get into details. According to the pre-order page for Tesla’s
Cybertruck, production on the Dual Motor all-wheel drive and Tri Motor all-wheel drive models
is slated to begin in late 2021. This, of course, is in line with the production
guidelines Tesla announced at the pickup truck’s unveiling. Production on the Single Motor Rear Wheel
Drive Tesla Cybertruck model, however, has been pushed back by a full year. Per Tesla’s updated website, production
for the $39,900 model won’t begin until late 2022. The reality, it seems, is that anyone interested
in the base model Tesla Cybertruck will likely have to wait until 2023. Releasing higher-end more expensive versions
of its vehicles is a strategy that Tesla has been using on and off. When Tesla started manufacturing the Model
3, it made a point to prioritize production of pricier configurations. As a result, folks interested in purchasing
the entry-level Model 3 for $35,000 were forced to wait for quite some time. The rationale behind Tesla’s decision in
this regard was quite simple: to generate as much cash as possible as quickly as possible. At the time, Elon Musk said that if Tesla
started shipping the low-cost Model 3 right away, it “would cause Tesla to lose money
and die.” While Tesla’s economic situation isn’t
as precarious as it once was — the company does capable of turning a profit these days
— it’s employing the same production strategy it used with the Model 3 on the recently introduced
Cybertruck. Put simply, Tesla will first focus on producing
the Dual Motor and Tri Motor all-wheel drive models before turning its attention to the
entry-level Single Motor Rear Wheel Drive model. While this may be frustrating to many prospective
buyers, it does make sense from a business perspective. Demand for Tesla vehicles has never been much
of an issue, but the company’s penchant for bleeding money certainly has. Consequently, it makes sense why Tesla would
want to focus on more profitable Cybertruck models above all else. It will be easier for Tesla to produce the
truck profitably if it starts at $50,000 than if it starts at $40,000. It’s worth mentioning that Tesla has something
of a bad history when it comes to meeting production deadlines. Indeed, every car Tesla has ever released
has been subject to long delays. Looking ahead — with the Tesla Semi, Tesla
Roadster 2, Model Y, and Cybertruck in the pipeline — it will be interesting to see
if the delays continue or if Tesla can actually meet its initial production projections across
the board. As Tesla has had trouble meeting deadlines
in the past, but we’re still two years away from Cybertruck production beginning, and
a lot can happen between now and then. There are questions about the legality of
the truck’s design and how it’d conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards,
and answering those questions with a design revamp could delay the truck. As a final note, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam
Jonas recently told that Tesla — in a best case scenario — could sell upwards of 100,000
Cybertrucks “by the end of 2024.” The pickup truck market is undeniably huge,
but it remains to be seen if the unique aesthetic of the Cybertruck actually helps lure buyers
in or pushes them away. With the Cybertruck, Tesla has integrated
several of its technologies into one offering. The truck features the same stainless steel
alloy being used at Musk’s other company, SpaceX. And it has lithium ion batteries, software
and hardware for self-driving and a solar roof option to help boost the Cybertruck’s
range. This stainless steel exterior, sharp, science
fiction-inspired design, and ludicrous performance – promised in the tri-motor offering – are
stunning. It can tow up to 14,000 pounds, offer 500
miles of range, and sprint to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds. We can see why people would overlook the single-motor
truck. The efficiency of most gasoline engines is
between 17% and 21%. For electric vehicles, the conversion of electrical
energy into power to drive the wheels is 59 to 62%. This gives electric vehicle’s a clear performance
advantage. The cost of operating electric vehicles — including
fuel and maintenance — ranges between 65% to 77% less across US and Canada than it costs
to drive and maintain gasoline-fuelled vehicles. Due to its weight and size, Tesla’s Cybertruck
is likely to be somewhat less efficient than the electric passenger cars currently available. However, when compared to other non-electric
trucks, the inherent efficiency advantage of electric motors and the aerodynamics of
the Tesla Cybertruck are substantially better. Tesla has two main advantages that will likely
make the Cybertruck a winner. First, Tesla has an advanced and extensive
charging network that allows the owners of its products to quickly refuel. There are currently more than 14,000 superchargers
worldwide. Second, Tesla has invested heavily in battery
technology and manufacturing. Its gigafactories are expanding and using
more renewable energy, including solar power, to reduce the ecological footprint of batteries. As a result, Tesla is able to scale up production
and will probably be able to keep the cost of its vehicles lower than competitors. Tesla’s Cybertruck and the growing number
of offerings by other manufacturers of Electric Vehicles likely represent the beginning of
a larger transition away from internal combustion engines. The Tesla Cybertruck may be polarizing, but
it is a vehicle that has captured the interest of the motoring world and beyond. And while neither Tesla nor Elon Musk has
announced any details about where the upcoming all-electric pickup truck would be produced,
this has not deterred a government official from extending an offer to the CEO. In a recent tweet, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy
invited Elon Musk to consider utilizing the state’s resources to build the electric
car maker’s premium vehicles. The governor specifically mentioned the company’s
recently-unveiled Cybertruck in his offer, stating that Alaska stands above other areas
when it comes to balancing resource development. “Hey Elon Musk & Tesla: Let’s talk about
utilizing Alaska’s vast resources to help build Tesla cars and the new Cybertruck. Nobody in the world balances resource development
and environmental stewardship better than us,” he wrote. Dunleavy’s invitation is quite notable considering
that the governor has reportedly maintained a controversial stance on climate action,
a topic that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is very particular about. Over his tenure as Alaska’s governor, critics
have argued that Dunleavy’s administration has done very little to combat climate change,
as shown when he disbanded the state’s climate response task force just months after assuming
office. Neither Tesla nor Elon Musk has posted a response
to the governor’s open invitation so far. Love it or hate it, Tesla’s Cybertruck is
a game-changer.

39 thoughts on “Why Tesla Cybertruck’s more powerful versions get production priority?

  1. It grows on you after the initial yuck factor wears off. As nice as it is, it sucks as a truck given how towing anything greatly reduces range and off road is ill advised again due to range.

  2. practical application says otherwise I've seen quite a few people tow things in YouTube videos it doesn't really affect things as much as you would think so I don't know I don't think you have a practical example really to base your premise off of

  3. I KEEP SEEING THIS THING BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN A TRUCK BED ON IT. MY OPINION IS " IF IT AIN'T GOTTA BED IN THE BACK OF IT, IT AIN'T A TRUCK.

  4. Help in improving the channel? Unlike Mike Smith below, the "news type style" of your narration and the long pauses between are very off-putting to my ear. I would far rather hear a conversational tone, which is to say a NON-delivered commentary. You sound like some audiobook narrators but they can be somewhat excused since they aren't supposed to interject their opinions or commentary. You, on the other hand, are supposed to be be delivering opinion and commentary and the practiced plastic voice just doesn't fit well with that role in my opinion. Feel free to disregard since I'm only one person and you may already have attracted a following that appreciates your unreal delivery. Nice news about the Alaska governor's invitation BTW, my reason for watching.

  5. It’s still as ugly today as it was yesterday. I’d love to know the numbers of preorders that will actually be honoured and not put in for the refund. Seems like people were ordering just for bragging rights. I’d bet a lot of people have no intention of actually buying one.

  6. I feel sorry for those buyers. Car industry learned from DeLorean about bare stainless in a hot sun. This truck is going to be a toaster oven on wheels.

  7. To date Tesla has never delivered anything on time or on budget ~ so will it be with this one. Further, the vehicle they revealed will not pass the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). It needs: 1) proper headlights, 2) proper tail lights, 3) proper bumpers, 4) actual side mirrors, 5) actual windshield wipers, 6) crash test data; which will not go well as their are no crumple zones with the exoskeleton (super thick steel panels). That means the cybermobile will KILL anything it hits (vehicles and pedestrians alike) and it will also KILL anyone inside, as they (not the vehicle) will absorb the enormous impact.

    And let's not forget that Tesla can be somewhat duplicitous ~ hence the class action lawsuit concerning the software update earlier this year that fraudulently cut Tesla owners battery capacity by 11%. They lied stating that it was done to protect battery health and overall longevity, but it was really pure COA in order to prevent more fires. Their choice to deal so underhandedly with their own battery issues should cause most people to have legitimate trust issues in regard to doing business with them.

    Yes it has a cool factor, but at what cost? Mark my words: the base price will increase along with the proposed production timeline, and in the end it will not look the same as it does now ~ and this is IF it is ever produced.

  8. I only watched the first half of this video. It became obvious from the verbiage in the script that the Tesla truck (and Tesla Motors in general) was being being cast in a very negative light. I was quite disappointed in this website for such a deceptive bid to alter viewer's opinions. I am probably more sensitive to such practices, having studied advertising, courtroom attorney, and propaganda techniques to influence target audiences by manipulating the way facts were presented or misrepresented, when I was studying for my degree in psychology.
    The simple fact is that you focus production where the bulk of your pre-orders indicate. That is called responding to your customer base, or more simply put, good business.

  9. Good thing I'm only 4 years old or this video would have been a total waste of time; what with all those obvious observations and no information worth sharing as they all are very explicit.

  10. I enjoy the pace of your presentation. It is easier to absorb the information. The hyper-paced people of today probably don't like it because it doesn't fly at them fast enough. The pauses and your voice and speech character are your trademark style. I didn't like it, at first, because I thought you sounded as if you were mocking SpaceX. But now I think it's just your style and you seem to be just reporting as factually as you can. Other channel authors seem to rush through their content and speak too fast.

  11. This "truck" needs to get into the hands of unbiased testers, like Consumer Reports. Being so different, how useful is its design? Are there problems with it? Large, shiny, flat surfaces reflect sunlight in ways that can be dangerously blinding to other drivers. I think that's why most auto glass is curved. The high performance is completely unnecessary. I understand the utility of motive power in towing and hauling, but what good is such a high acceleration rate on public roadways, or anywhere? It's just for showing off like a fool. And a great many fools will do so.

  12. Can you imagine? 41% were willing to wait an extra year for the tri motor model. That means a lot of the dual motor preorders will probably convert.

  13. Model Y schedule has been brought forward. Your comments are already obsolete about slipping deadlines. Tesla now has proven out their engineering capability.

  14. I believe Tesla's choice of manufacturing locations has to do with logistical supply and ease of manufacturing. I find it unlikely that Tesla will choose Alaska for this reason.

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