Tesla Cybertruck customers who were hoping to drive their futuristic pickup along the highway this year may now have to wait until at least 2023.
The latest cause of many delays has been attributed to the engineers changing the design of Cybertruck. Initial production is now targeted for the first quarter of next year, A source told Reuters on Thursday.
The claim is supported by a recent change to the text on the product page of Tesla’s Cybertruck in which it removed the year from the message. The phrase “You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears 2022” now reads, “You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears.”
Tesla was expected to begin full-scale production of the all-electric Cybertruck by the end of 2021, but in August that date was slipped to early 2022.
Tesla has not yet disclosed the reason – or reasons – for the delay, though Reuters sources point to a change in the vehicle’s design. It’s also possible that global chip shortages may have affected production – something Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet In November — while issues with the Texas plant dealing with the construction of Cybertruck could also be a factor.
All eyes are now on Tesla’s earnings call on January 26, where Musk is expected to present an updated product road map for the automaker.
More than a million customers waiting
Tesla is estimated to have received over a million pre-orders for the Cybertruck. For now, with customers asking to pay a refundable $100 deposit for their place in line, Tesla’s online store is still accepting orders.
Musk said last summer that the pickup “looks like it was built by aliens from the future” and that its exterior design meant “there was some chance that Cybertruck would flop.”
But rather than the design, it may be the dwindling patency that deters some customers, especially as rival automakers are close to launching their own, though traditional, electric pickups that may tempt some to make the switch.
Tesla describes the Cybertruck as “better utility than a truck, with more performance than a sports car”. The electric pickup is available in three versions, priced between $39,900 and $69,900, depending on features such as the number of electric motors, towing capacity, and range.