In short: Looks like Tesla fans will have to wait a bit before they can buy the Cybertruck. Initial production of the electric vehicle will no longer begin in 2022, a new report says, and has now been delayed until the end of the first quarter of 2023.
In accordance with Reuters, who quotes “a person familiar with the matter,” the delay is due to Tesla changing some of the Cybertruck’s features and functions in light of increased competition in the electric pickup market.
Confirmation of this report is the Tesla Cybertruck order page. It stated that “you will be able to complete your configuration as production approaches in 2022.” It now reads: “You will be able to complete setup as production approaches.”
There was a lot of excitement when Tesla introduced the Cybertruck in 2019. Last year, CEO Elon Musk told investors that Tesla might be able to complete some deliveries of electric vehicles to customers before the end of 2021, but that never happened. Instead, we learned in September that the truck would not enter production until the end of 2022. This date has now been moved to next year.
While a Reuters source says the delay is due to design changes, it’s hard to imagine the global chip shortage somehow didn’t impact the decision. Musk himself suggested in November that the crisis had affected Cybertuck production. But because the Model 3 and Model Y are selling so well, Tesla is unlikely to be worried about a release delay.
Oh my god this year has been such a supply chain nightmare and it’s not over yet!
I will provide an updated product roadmap on the next phone call.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2021
Tesla has previously said that the cheapest Cybertruck will be single-engine, rear-wheel drive and will cost $39,000, although there are rumors that the model could be discontinued. Meanwhile, the flagship tri-motor version is expected to be able to hit 60 mph from standstill in less than three seconds, have a range of more than 500 miles on a single charge, and tow more than 14,000 pounds.