What just happened? The Cybertruck was announced in 2019, when Elon Musk stated that production would begin in 2021. However, it appears that is no longer the case, as production of the long-awaited Tesla pickup has been postponed until 2022.
Since Tesla introduced its electric pickup in 2019, the vehicle has undergone design changes, including downsizing and improved suspension. Other changes were expected to be announced in December 2020, but that did not happen. Tesla shared that the design process for the truck was complete and stated that volume production was due to begin in 2022, but the first units were expected to ship later this year.
However, in its second quarter 2021 earnings report released in late July, the company wrote that the industrialization of Cybertruck at Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory would only begin after the Model Y. Considering the production of the Model Y at the Gigafactory is programmed To start at the end of the year, it does not seem likely that Tesla will be able to ship the first Cybertruck units at the same time.
Now that opportunity is completely gone. Looking at the Cybertruck Configurator, you can read in the footnotes that “you will be able to complete your setup as production approaches in 2022”. Also, the Dual and Tri Motor models were supposed to ship first, but that seems to be no longer the case as the note applies to all three models (Single, Dual and Tri Motor).
It is not surprising to see Tesla delaying the Cybertruck. After all, the chip shortage has hit the auto industry badly, although TSMC believes it will improve in the coming months. At the time of writing, the Tesla Cybertruck has racked up over a million pre-orders, so expect to see some potential buyers dissatisfied with this delay.
If you’re interested in reserving a Cybertruck, you can still do so through Tesla’s official website for $ 100. You’ll pay the remaining cost of pickup once your vehicle is ready to ship.