Love the new Tesla Cybertruck?
Tesla Australia is letting Australian’s put their money where their mouth is with a $150AUD deposit and a ticket at the front of the Cybertruck queue.
Despite the fact that Tesla has not yet confirmed that the Cybertruck will be sold in Australia, the EV giant is now taking deposits for their controversial new work vehicle. Prospective customers can stake their intentions with a small deposit that will reserve the Cybertruck in their chosen configuration. The Tesla website states:
“Fully refundable. You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in late 2021. Tri-Motor AWD production is expected to begin in late 2022.”
Just like the United States website, the Tesla Australia site is letting customers choose the Cybertruck in three different configurations.
Tesla Cybertruck Australia Configuration Options
Single Motor Rear-Wheel-Drive (RWD)
- 400km+ of Driving Range
- 3400kg Towing Capacity
- 0-96km/h in less than 6.5sec
Dual Motor All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
- 482km+ of Driving Range
- 4535kg Towing Capacity
- 0-96km/h in less than 4.5sec
Tri Motor All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
- 803km+ of Driving Range
- 6350kg Towing Capacity
- 0-96km/h in less than 2.9seconds
For $8,500, customers can option the Cybertruck with “Full Self-Driving” mode which would, in theory, allow the Cybertruck to chauffeur occupants of the vehicle without driver input. Acknowledging the changing legislation, the Tesla website states:
“The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.”
Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that 146,000 Cybertruck orders have already been placed across the world. Of those orders placed, 41% of orders have chosen the most expensive ‘tri-motor’ variant, 42% have selected the ‘dual motor’ option and only 17% have opted for the cheapest single-motor model. Production of the tri-motor variant of the Cybertruck is not expected to commence until late 2022, which means that Australian buyers would be looking at a delivering date of mid-to-late 2023.
For context, the entry-level Tesla Model 3 received 223,000 deposits within 24-hours of its debut. But that comparison is neither fair nor relevant. The Model 3 was supposed to be an affordable, inoffensive EV where the Cybertruck is both higher-priced and targeting towards a specific audience.
How many of those reservations will convert to actual orders is anyone’s guess at the moment. However, the numbers confirm that despite being extremely divisive, the Tesla Cybertruck has a loyal following. A lot can happen between now and the Cybertruck’s 2021 production, however, we would be surprised if the Cybertruck was not made available in Australia by 2022.