Video: Tesla Cybertruck spied filming in Iceland ahead of US delivery event

Video: Tesla Cybertruck spied filming in Iceland ahead of US delivery event
Video: Tesla Cybertruck spied filming in Iceland ahead of US delivery event

Mystery surrounds a video of the Tesla Cybertruck being filmed on a glacier in Iceland, as the highly-anticipated – and long-delayed – electric pick-up prepares to be launched in the US.

The Tesla Cybertruck has been caught on camera in Iceland – while being filmed for what appears to be a promotional video – as prospective US buyers of the long-awaited electric pick-up have been invited to an upcoming launch event.

In a post uploaded to social media platform X – formerly Twitter – by user ‘@carlosRdeA’, the Cybertruck is seen following a Land Rover Discovery which appears to be filming Tesla’s latest model.

While we’ve seen the Tesla Cybertruck without camouflage before – with the first example rolling off the production line in July – the video provides an indication of just how big the electric pick-up is.

@elonmusk @Tesla Cybertruck at the glacier.

— CRAR (@carlosRdeA) August 19, 2023

Tesla has previously said the Cybertruck would measure less than 5.8 metres in length – compared to the 4.8-metre long Discovery 4 – and be approximately 2.1 metres wide, a slight increase on the Ford Ranger Raptor.

The video includes a number of interesting responses from a number of die-hard Tesla fans, who claim the Cybertruck driving on a glacier is proof it will perform strongly in winter – despite cold weather conditions being a well-known weakness for electric vehicles, due to the reduced performance of batteries.

The Iceland video was followed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk uploading an image to X – which he also owns – claiming he had driven a “production candidate” for the Cybertruck at the company’s new headquarters in Texas.

Just drove the production candidate Cybertruck at Tesla Giga Texas!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2023

Earlier this week, loyal Tesla owners were sent an email by the company, offering them an invite to the Cybertruck’s launch at its Austin, Texas headquarters.

The email – shared on X by Sawyer Merritt – said Tesla owners will need to ‘pay’ 30,000 Tesla credits to attend the event, which will take place on a yet-to-be-determined date.

As previously reported, the Tesla Cybertruck’s roll out in the US is yet to ramp up, with the first production vehicle being completed nearly 18 months after first planned.

Since the Cybertruck concept’s unveiling in late-2019, Tesla has been beaten to the title of the first road-legal electric pick-up in the US – trailing the Rivian R1T (September 2021) and Ford F-150 Lightning (April 2022).

Mass production of the Cybertruck in significant numbers is not due to begin until 2024, reports have claimed – as the first examples of new models initially roll out of factory doors in small numbers and few model grades, before an expansion of the model range and a production increase in the months that follow. 

Prices for the Tesla Cybertruck are yet to be announced for the US, though official confirmation could be imminent as Mr Musk previously claimed final prices and specifications for the electric pick-up could be confirmed in August or September 2023.

While the Tesla Cybertruck has been caught on camera in New Zealand for testing, doubt has been cast over plans to sell the electric pick-up in Australia – and if it will be produced in right-hand drive for local roads.

The electric-car giant announced in May 2023 it would not produce the updated Model S sedan and Model X SUV in right-hand drive – ruling them out from the Australian market, though they will remain on sale in the right-hand-drive UK and Japanese markets where new left-hand-drive vehicles can still be registered and sold.

Automotive industry experts have also raised concerns over the Tesla Cybertruck’s angular design, believing it will not easily meet local and European pedestrian protection rules.

Tesla previously allowed Australian customers to place a $150 deposit for the Cybertruck until May 2022. The company is yet to confirm if the vehicle will still be sold locally.

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