A recent report claimed that Tesla has canceled the Cybertruck in Australia and is refunding all orders in the country, which was directly contradicted by another report claiming the truck is still on course for a launch Down Under. Elon Musk announced the Cybertruck in 2019 with much fanfare, but the vehicle is yet to go into production, almost three years after its unveiling. The Cybertruck has been delayed multiple times, even as other electric pickups, like the Hummer EV, Ford F150 Lightning and Rivian R1T, have already started deliveries.
Thankfully, the wait for millions of Tesla enthusiasts and thousands of potential Cybertruck buyers is seemingly coming to an end. Elon Musk recently said that the company expects to launch the Cybertruck in mid-2023, offering for the first time a specific timeline for the Cybertruck launch. Speaking at an earnings call for investors in July, Musk said that the much-hyped electric truck is expected to enter production “in the middle of next year” and will be the company’s “best product ever.” The vehicle is expected to be built at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas.
In late July, an Australian automotive blog, Drive report claimed that the Tesla Cybertruck had been canceled in Australia. Originally titled ‘Cancelled Tesla Cybertruck orders to be refunded in Australia,’ the report claimed that Tesla would refund customer deposits for the Cybertruck after the company decided not to launch the vehicle in Australia. The blog further cited an earlier report to claim that Tesla is working on a smaller version of the Cybertruck that might make its way to Australia instead of the larger model that has been in the news over the past three years.
The report, however, got strong criticism from Aussie tech blog TechAU, which pointed out that the Cybertruck page is still available on Tesla’s Australia website, denoting that the product has not been canceled in the country. The only thing that has changed is that the company has stopped taking pre-orders and has replaced that option with a ‘Get Updates’ button that will let interested users get official information directly from Tesla.
As for the refunds, the TechAU article pointed out that Tesla has always offered refunds on Cybertruck orders in the country for customers who cancel their orders. The Drive article, meanwhile, points out that the refund process is not automatic as the Cybertruck has not been formally withdrawn in the country. Instead, customers wanting to cancel their Cybertruck orders will have to apply to get back their $150 deposits.