Tesla Cybertruck Delayed Again, Report Claims to Early 2023
【Summary】This isn’t the first delay and we certainly don’t think it will be the last, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to share a roadmap for the electric truck soon.
A new year is here and the Tesla Cybertruck isn't any closer to hitting the market. In fact, Tesla's ringing in 2022 with some bad news for consumers that have been waiting for the truck to finally arrive. Unsurprisingly, the Cybertruck has been delayed, once again, to 2023, reports Reuters. The electric automaker will start production of the pickup at the beginning of next year. An unnamed source gave the outlet the latest information.
Tesla Truck Delayed Again
For anyone that's familiar with Tesla's timeline, hearing that the automaker is pushing the production date of the Cybertruck back shouldn't come as a surprise. The electric brand rarely hits its initial target date for vehicles. And, for Tesla fans, waiting for a highly anticipated vehicle isn't out of the ordinary, too.
As far as the Cybertruck goes, the funky electric truck was originally showcased in 2019. Back then, Tesla was promising the truck would roll off its production lines before the end of 2021. Then, Tesla announced that the truck would be delayed to 2022. Now, the latest delay pushes the date back to 2023.
Edmunds first spotted something was up with Tesla's site for the Cybertruck on January 7th, when it noticed that the automaker had removed the potential release date from the site. Previously, there was a sentence where 2022 was in it, but Tesla has removed any mention of a release date for the truck now. Originally, the site stated: "You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022." Now, visitors are told that they "will be able to complete your configuration as production nears."
Will The Cybertruck Be Competitive?
The unnamed source told Reuters that the latest delay is because of Tesla's decision to make the vehicle a more compelling product by "changing features and functions" on the truck. Rivian was the first to market with an all-electric pickup with the R1T, while the Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV Pickup are following shortly after. The Chevrolet Silverado EV is also coming within the next few years. Tesla went from being one of the first automakers to have an electric pickup truck in the works to not having anything to show.
So, Tesla fans will be waiting for the Cybertruck to begin production in 2023. The unnamed source told Reuters that Tesla would make the truck in limited quantities in the first quarter of 2023. After that, the automaker will increase output.
Now, we're all left wondering whether Tesla will hit its new goal or have to delay the vehicle once again. The truck could continue to be pushed back like the Roadster and Semi, as Tesla focuses on getting production of the Model Y up to meet demand. Tesla doesn't have a traditional public relations team, so we're left looking at Elon Musk's Twitter page to get up-to-date information.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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