It pains me to say, however I’ve bought some unhealthy information—the Tesla Cybertruck has been delayed. I am not speaking about the “real” one; I am speaking concerning the radio-controlled Scorching Wheels model being constructed for Cybertruck fanatics younger and previous. It seems that veteran toymaker Mattel has pulled a Tesla of its personal, delaying the discharge of its long-awaited mannequin by about 5 months.
Tesla has had its personal variety of delays prior to now. That features merchandise like its $35,000 Model 3 and Semi truck, or the 16-minute wait to start the Model Y reveal stream final yr. It would not cease there, although, as a result of there’s additionally that cross-country drive fully on Autopilot that was to happen in 2017. Wait, I imply 2018. Truly no, 2019—or possibly it would nonetheless occur later this yr with the million robotaxis that are supposed to launch in less than 10 days. My level is that Mattel’s little slice of Tesla is extra lifelike than I might have ever imagined.
The Cybertruck RC variant was introduced again in February, providing consumers the choice for both 1:64 or 1:10 scale with delivery estimated to start this month. Nevertheless, the brand new e-mail states that supply estimates have been pushed again till Might 1, 2021—and since the order was delayed greater than 30 days, Scorching Wheels wanted to verify with prospects that they really nonetheless need the Cybertruck. Which means in the event you purchased one and nonetheless need it, you may have to verify the supply particulars through the e-mail from Mattel or threat dropping your toy Cybertruck reservation. And that is not only a single hyperlink you click on—it’s a must to write a whole e-mail to Mattel.
Apparently, those that ordered the 1:10 scale truck had been notified that the battery configuration has modified resulting from “manufacturing challenges associated to COVID-19,” per a thread on Reddit. The unique battery was alleged to have a 1:1 charge-to-run time (that means half-hour of cost yields half-hour of enjoyable), however that has modified. The brand new battery has a unique chemistry make-up too and affords 10 p.c much less capability, plus a 2:1 charge-to-run time (an hour of cost yields half-hour of play).
Maybe Scorching Wheels simply had its manufacturing schedule set on Elon Musk Time™, or possibly it is only a homage to Tesla’s coming quickly philosophy that we have heard a lot about. Both approach, you may have to attend just a little bit longer to get your miniature rendition of Tesla’s hotly anticipated pickup. Three months maybe, six months definitely.
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