The production on Tesla’s controversial electric pickup, the Cybertruck, seems to have been delayed until at least 2022. Users have noticed that the Cybertruck page on Tesla’s website has been updated to say “You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022.”
Lars Moravy, Tesla’s VP of Vehicle Engineering, also mentioned in Tesla’s second quarter earnings call that the “Cybertruck is at a stage where we finished basic engineering of the architecture of the vehicle” and that it resembles much of the “structural pack and large casting design of the Model Y being built in Berlin and Austin.” Moravy continued, stating that “obviously, those take priority over the Cybertruck, but we are moving into the beta phases of Cybertruck later this year and we will be looking to ramp up production at Giga Texas after Model Y is up and running.”
Evidently, it seems that the production of the Cybertruck has been delayed to prioritize the production of the Model Y. Originally, the Cybertruck’s production was set to begin in late 2021, but it seems Tesla has bitten off more than they could chew, and have been too ambitious. Even Tesla’s electric Semi truck was delayed to 2022 due to supply chain challenges and limited battery cell availability.
The Tesla Cybertruck was first unveiled to the public in November of 2019, with the cheapest single motor version starting at $39,900, and the most expensive tri-motor option starting at $69,900. Customers were able to reserve their Cybertruck for a deposit of $100, and its estimated that there have been over 1 million reservations since the vehicle’s announcement.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk even took to Twitter to say that the Cybertruck could potentially end up as a flop due to its unique nature.
To be frank, there is always some chance that Cybertruck will flop, because it is so unlike anything else.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2021
I don’t care. I love it so much even if others don’t.
Other trucks look like copies of the same thing, but Cybertruck looks like it was made by aliens from the future.
As of right now, it seems that the Cybertruck’s development is up in the air, and there could potentially be even more delays before the Cybertruck finally begins shipping and is on the roads.