“If he wants to design a Cybertruck for the people of Silicon Valley, great,” Farley said. “It’s like a cool premium product parked outside a hotel. But I don’t build trucks like that. I build trucks for real people doing real work.”
The release of the Cybertruck, Tesla’s first electric truck, was loaded with delays since Musk first announced it in 2019. But during an earnings call last April, Musk assured investors that the electric vehicle would be ready by the end of the year.
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Telsa is eager to enter the electric truck market. The vans were American best-selling vehicles in 2022, with Ford’s F-Series leading the way. However, Tesla dominates the electric vehicle market.
It’s still unclear how similar the Cybertruck and F-150 Lightning will be. According Business Intern, the Cybertruck is estimated at around $50,000, while the F-150 Lightning has a sticker price of $60,000. Some have ccompared the Cybertruck to the GMC Hummer more than to a Ford pickup truck.
Ford will use Tesla charging stations
Despite Farley’s harsh words about Tesla, the two companies recently entered into a charging station partnership. Ford drivers will be able to use more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers in the United States and Canada in 2024.
When asked if it was a conflict of interest, Farley replied, “I have no problem being opportunistic when it comes to benefiting my clients.”
He added that Musk was amicable during the negotiations. “More because of Henry Ford than Jim Farley.”