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Starting at US$60,990, Tesla's Cybertruck is priced 50% higher than initial estimate

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Tesla's long-delayed Cybertruck will be priced starting at US$60,990, over 50% more than what CEO Elon Musk had touted in 2019.
Reuters
Starting at US$60,990, Tesla's Cybertruck is priced 50% higher than initial estimate
Reuters

Tesla's new Cybertruck is shown on display at a Tesla store in San Diego, California, US, November 20.

Tesla's long-delayed Cybertruck will be priced starting at US$60,990, over 50 percent more than what CEO Elon Musk had touted in 2019 and a cost analysts have said will draw select, affluent buyers.

The truck, made of shiny stainless steel and shaped into flat planes, is partly inspired by a car-turned-submarine in the 1977 James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me," Musk has said.

Its new body material and unconventional, futuristic styling has added complexity and costs to production, and threatens to alienate traditional pickup truck buyers who focus on utility, experts say.

But Musk, who has priced the vehicle's three variants between US$60,990 and US$99,990, said on Thursday the Cybertruck has "more utility than a truck" and is "faster than a sports car."

He drove a Cybertruck onto a stage to cheers from the crowd and later handed over vehicles to about a dozen customers at an event in Austin, Texas.

"Finally, the future will look like the future," he said about the truck's design, showing a video of the Cybertruck towing a Porsche 911 and beating another gasoline-powered 911 in a short race.

Tesla shares fell 2 percent in extended trading after closing off 1.6 percent at US$240.08.

Musk did not announce the vehicle's prices at the event, but Tesla's website listed the prices. Its highest performance variant, the 'Cyberbeast' will be available next year, as will the all-wheel drive trim that starts at an estimated US$80,000.

The cheapest rear-wheel drive version with an estimated starting price of about US$61,000 will be available in 2025.

"This is going to appeal to ... definitely a wealthier clientele that can afford the price point and they want something that is unique and quirky," said Jessica Caldwell, head of insights at auto research firm Edmunds.

"That just isn't a large segment of the population that can afford that especially where interest rates are."

After Musk estimated in 2019 that the Cybertruck would sell for US$40,000, the vehicle drew more than a million reservation holders who put down US$100 deposits. He had not offered an updated price before Monday, despite rising raw material costs for EVs.

New deposits are US$250, Musk said on Thursday.

The price is not a surprise to many, said Paul Waatti, an analyst at consultancy AutoPacific. Waatti told Reuters before the event that the Cybertruck would do well with a smaller audience.

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