Elon Musk promises to share an updated roadmap later this month
Tesla has never been superb at meeting deadlines, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the company’s ambitious electric pickup — the Cybertruck — has been running a bit late. Recently, references to the 2022 production schedule were scrubbed from its website.
The Cybertruck was originally announced in 2019, with Tesla promising that the vehicle would roll off production lines in late 2021. Then, in August of that year, full production was delayed until sometime in 2022. Now, that deadline has been waived. , Very.
as seen for the first time edmondsOf course, the order page on Tesla’s Cybertruck site previously told buyers: “You’ll be able to complete your configuration as in production in 2022.” Now, it just says: “You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears,” referring to the year the site’s archives were removed. towards the end of december 2021.
Several factors can contribute to the delay. These include external challenges, such as the ongoing pandemic and global chip shortages (which have affected all automakers), as well as Cybertruck-specific problems. The vehicle’s angular form is controversial, attracting awe and disdain in equal measure, but it certainly comes with unique design challenges, such as the problem of building a giant windshield wiper to cover the huge front window.
Increasing production on the Cybertruck may be a relatively low priority for Tesla, as its other vehicles have had great years. For example, the Model 3 became the first EV to chart the top monthly sales in Europe, while the company delivered nearly 1 million cars in 2021 – an impressive 87 percent increase over shipments in 2020.
At the same time, Tesla’s competitors could prove to be a very lucrative market for electric trucks. Ford is committed to doubling production of its F-150 Lightning, which it says will begin shipping in the first half of 2022; Buzzy newcomer Rivian has finally started shipping its first R1T to customers; While brands like Hummer and Chevy have their own electric trucks which are scheduled to be released in late 2022 and late 2023 respectively.
Tesla’s Cybertruck may delay a bit, but the company runs the risk of losing potential customers as it does. However, we should know more about the future of the vehicle soon. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to share “Product Roadmap Update” for Cybertruck at the next Tesla earnings call. Which is scheduled for 26 January. It didn’t take long to wait.