Tesla has once again quietly postponed the release of its Cybertruck to next year, according to Reuters. The automaker is said to start production of the electric truck by the end of the first quarter of 2023 instead of this year. While Tesla hasn’t officially announced the delay, the Cybertruck order page has removed a previous reference to production in 2022. The page’s design section had previously read “You will be able to complete configuration as production nears 2022.” Now, the sentence ends after the word ‘approach’.
In November, someone on Twitter asked company president Elon Musk for an update on Cybertruck. Musk replied that Tesla was grappling with a “supply chain nightmare,” and that he would provide more updates during the company’s next earnings call scheduled for January 26.
Oh man, this year has been a supply chain nightmare and it’s not over yet!
I will provide an updated product roadmap on the next earnings call.
– Elon Musk November 29, 2021
according to ReutersSource, Tesla will have limited production of the Cybertruck initially before ramping up production. The company unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019 at a major event, with Musk saying production is set to begin in late 2021. During the company’s January 2021 earnings call, he said Tesla expects only a handful of deliveries in 2021 and start-up production in 2022. Later that year, though, the company postponed the launch of the car until 2022.
The delays in Tesla releases aren’t a surprise anymore, given that Musk has been known to announce slightly over-optimistic schedules. Supply chain and component shortages caused by the pandemic may also have contributed to the delay, if ReutersReport turned out to be true. We’ll find out for sure when Tesla reveals its updated product roadmap before the month ends.
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