Tesla Cybertruck customers in Australia can request a refund of their deposit after the electric pickup was removed from the Australian website two months ago, drive.com.au reported.
The report said: “The sudden removal of the online order button from the Tesla Australia website is considered a sign that the vehicle is not descending.” He added Cybertruck repositories in (right-hand drive) Australia had been redeemable from the time order books opened on Tesla’s Australian website from late 2019, less than a month after it was unveiled in the US.
The sharply styled pickup was initially expected to be sold in Australia, according to the report, adding that the Cybertruck’s control button was removed from Tesla Australia’s website in May 2022.
Although Tesla never confirmed that the Cybertruck would be sold in Australia, the online ordering portal was taken as an indication that it would eventually be available in local showrooms. drive.com.au said.
In August 2020, Tesla boss Elon Musk said Automotive News the Cybertruck would not be sold worldwide, the report notes.
“We really, basically, make this truck like a North American ass kicker, basically,” Musk told Automotive News as said, in an exclusive interview with the editor of the industry journal.
“The goal is to kick as many ass as possible with this truck. We want it to be something you can use to tow a boat, a horse trailer, pull tree stumps out of the ground.
Confusingly for Australian buyers interested in the Cybertruck, photos and technical information for the vehicle remained on Tesla Australia’s website following those comments – and remain on the Tesla site today – even though local customers don’t are no longer able to place an order, drive, com.au said.
“This has been interpreted as an indication that Australia will not get the original Cybertruck. Tesla Australia is not responding to media requests for clarification,” the report added.
In December 2021, Tesla showroom staff said Conduct they didn’t think the Cybertruck would be offered in Australia in its current form.
Smaller version planned?
Drive.com.au noted that in January 2022, an industry analyst in the United States claimed that Tesla was developing two types of Cybertruck, including a smaller pickup similar in size to a Toyota HiLux that would be more suitable for the Australia.
The report adds that customers who have deposited a deposit of AU$150 are entitled to a refund of this amount given that there do not appear to be any current plans to introduce the model locally. Deposits for other Tesla models sold in Australia are non-refundable.
Meanwhile, according to a TheDetroitBureau.com report yesterday Tesla had not offered a public explanation for the change, but it added to concerns about the potential future of the project which would have brought about 1.2 million bookings worldwide at $100 each. The Cybertruck program had been repeatedly delayed since CEO Elon Musk unveiled the pickup at a closely watched event in November 2019.
“Cybertruck would be a big deal for the company if it (finally) came out,” said Sam Fiorani, principal analyst at AutoForecast Solutions. TheDetroitBureau.com “And too bad if he didn’t come out.
According to the report, Tesla showed off a prototype at an event in Michigan last May, with automaker officials acknowledging that they had yet to solve a key problem: a design for the windshield wipers needed to clean the huge windshield of the truck.
“There are all kinds of potential issues with this truck,” Fiorani said.
TheDetroitBureau.com said Tesla has not yet identified which of its four assembly plants will produce the Cybertruck, although several suppliers have told him that the automaker has begun developing plans to source Cybertruck components.
The report added that three all-electric pickup trucks, the Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV and Ford F-150 Lightning were already on the US market and would be followed by others, including a second Ford model, the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the GMC Sierra EV, the Ram 1500 EV and additional entries from Toyota, Kia and others. Demand for electric trucks had surprised Ford, which said last week it was increasing annual Lightning sales capacity in North America from 25,000 to 150,000 units.
TheDetroitBureau.com said Tesla was struggling to get its two new factories [Berlin and Texas] updated and had faced production disruptions at its Shanghai factory due to a new COVID outbreak. This left him struggling to respond to incoming commands. Earlier this summer, CEO Musk suggested that Tesla might have to stop taking orders while it tries to catch up with those already in hand.
The report added that Ford earlier this year stopped taking orders for the 2022 version of the popular Maverick pickup while Cadillac stopped taking orders for the initial version of its new Lyriq EV. Both wanted to catch up before reopening their order banks,” TheDetroitBureau.com said.