Consumers expect companies like
Teslato deliver on their promises. Unfortunately, some unforeseen issues may arise, making it impossible for a manufacturer to meet its targets.
That is the case with the
Tesla Cybertruck, for which production delays currently appear to be imminent.
Both existing and potential customers are full of anticipation for this truck. Even though the delay is inevitable, it’s unfortunate given that we are far into the Cybertruck’s expected launch year.
Tesla Cybertruck was delayed with no formal announcement
Since the release of the angular, futuristic electric pickup in 2019, Tesla said that it has received over a million reservations. Unfortunately, Tesla won’t be able to start production by their target date of late 2021 due to the global microchip shortage.
There was no initial formal announcement regarding Tesla's Cybertruck production delays.
It’s unusually difficult to get information about Tesla's activities. The press is typically up-to-date on the operations of
most automakerswith the help of the public relations departments from each brand.
Tesla used to have one but closed the office in 2020. Currently, information about Tesla's plans mainly comes from the once-per-quarter communications to investors and CEO Elon Musk's daily posts on his Twitter account.
Lars Moravy, Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering, said the basic engineering of the architecture for the Cybertruck is complete, as reported by
Kelley Blue Book.
In a shareholder call, Moravy added that the company will be moving into the beta phases of the Cybertruck by ramping up production at Giga Texas later this year. The plan was to do so after the release of the Model Y. "Giga Texas" refers to Tesla's Austin, Texas, plant that is still under construction, and Tesla intends to
open the factorylater this year.
It’s unlikely that Tesla will be able to complete the factory, outfit the plant to build the Model Y, and add Cybertruck production within the remaining months.
Timeline for the Cybertruck
Kelley Blue Book reported that a shareholder statement said the company has shifted the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022. This didn’t directly address the Cybertruck, but it soon became clear that the trucks were affected.
Eventually, on the order page for its website, Tesla updated footnotes to confirm the delay of all three variants of the Cybertruck. This includes the Tri-Motor and two higher-end Dual Motor models that were expected to debut first.
Currently, there’s no precise timeline for the launch of the Tesla Cybertruck, but consumers will probably have to wait until at least early 2022.
Tesla Cybertruck delays may annoy potential buyers
The Tesla Cybertruck delays may be frustrating to many potential customers. Some chip suppliers suggested that Tesla should build its own semiconductor production plant. However, Musk pointed out that this would take a long time, which might mean more bad news for prospective Cybertruck buyers.
Tesla is also working to solve a few technical challenges with its 4680 battery cell. They plan to use the current 2170 batteries if these problems aren’t resolved. These issues and news about delays may push consumers to shop elsewhere.
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