Tesla has now finally confirmed that the electric pickup Cybertruck will be postponed to 2022 after months of warning of the possible delay in reaching production.
When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019, Tesla said the electric pickup would hit the market by the end of 2021.
Over the past year, as the schedule got closer, there have been signs that the cybertruck may be delayed.
First of all, Tesla only recently completed the technical design of the electric pickup truck.
CEO Elon Musk also warned that Tesla will face some challenges in bringing the Cybertruck into production due to features like the steel exoskeleton body, which requires entirely new manufacturing processes.
Despite these concerns and the approaching “end of 2021”, Tesla seemed reluctant to confirm the confirmation of the delay in Cybertruck production.
During the release of its financial results for the second quarter of 2021 last month, Tesla kept to the same schedule, only indicating that Cybertruck production would begin after the Model Y at Gigafactory Texas:
“We’re also making progress with the industrialization of Cybertruck, which is currently slated for Austin Model Y production.”
Production of the Model Y is slated to begin at Gigafactory Texas by the end of the year, which doesn’t rule out the possibility that Cybertruck production could begin this year, but it made the schedule unlikely.
However, a few weeks later, Tesla confirmed that the cybertruck had been postponed to 2022.
On the order page, Tesla has updated the footnotes to confirm that the configurator will be available when “production approaches 2022”:
The hint is the same for all three variants of the Cybertruck, although Tesla previously said that the two higher-end variants, Dual Motor and Tri-Motor, come first.
Tesla has no further reference to a schedule for the cybertruck on its website.
A race is currently underway to bring the first electric pickup truck to market in the United States. Tesla has never been seen as the most likely contender to hit the market, but that delay won’t help either.
However, it isn’t the only one experiencing delays.
Rivian recently postponed production of its R1T electric pickup truck from July to September.
Lordstown is also struggling to get its electric pickup truck to market. GM is expected to ship the Hummer EV in the US by the end of the year and Ford is launching the F150 Lighting next year.
While the cybertruck delay was expected, it will disappoint many as Tesla has reportedly accumulated over 1 million reservations for the cybertruck.
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