The Tesla Cybertruck electric pick-up won’t be sold in Australia despite the brand continuing to procure local deposits, employees of the company have suggested to Drive.
Prior to 11 December 2021, the US manufacturer claimed “[Australian buyers] will be able to complete their configuration as production nears in 2022.” However, this timeline has since been wiped from the local website (scroll through the gallery below to view the website update).
The electric vehicle specialist currently accepts an upfront $150 ‘preorder’ fee to secure build slots, though – due to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) barring all staff from speaking to local media – it’s currently unclear how many pre-orders have been secured.
An online poll in early 2020 suggested Australia could be the second largest market for Cybertruck demand, behind only the USA.
Despite this, employees canvassed by Drivereferenced the vehicle’s size, pedestrian safety credentials, and potentially-limited production numbers as the primary factors driving their opinion the model won’t be offered to local buyers.
It’s unlikely those staff know definitively Australian plans for the vehicle, as delivery schedules are not widely shared within the company.
However, the speculation from insiders coupled with a decision to remove an official production timeline raise genuine questions about the vehicle’s future Down Under.
An official spokesperson for Tesla Australia did not respond when approached for comment. This story will be updated if more information becomes available.
Originally, Tesla quoted a maximum driving range of 500 miles (800km), a 14,000-pound (6.35-tonne) towing capacity, and 0-60mph (0-97km/h) sprint time of 2.9 seconds for the flagship tri-motor variant.
However, those figures were also recently wiped from the manufacturer’s online configurator, generating speculation about the vehicle’s engineering status.
Earlier this month Tesla CEO Elon Musk went back on earlier promises the launch model would have three motors, instead reporting a quad-motor layout would be available at launch.
While the vehicle has been delayed several times and was originally due to go on sale in late 2021, an updated launch date is yet to be finalised – though Elon Musk has hinted further details could be announced in the new year.
Overnight images emerged online purporting to show the production version of the Cybertruck (above), with a curved front end, low-set headlights (without a full-width strip) and single side-mounted vertical windscreen wiper.