Tesla confirms the Cybertruck isn't ready yet
Likely postponed till 2022
Deliveries for the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck, originally planned for 2021, have been delayed again. Tesla was supposed to begin fulfilling orders of the boxy truck by the end of the year but we’re now nearly eight months into 2021 and the Texas Gigafactory where Tesla will manufacture the Cybertruck isn’t open yet.
According to Reuters, the company will tak about the delay during an investor call to discuss second-quarter profits, in which they’ll also announce a spike in revenue ($1.1 billion from April to June), chiefly due to their new cost-cutting policy and higher prices.
CEO Elon Musk confirmed this is due to many shortages including the much-talked-about semiconductor chip shortage that’s paralyzing the car industry. "[We've had] many calls at midnight, 1 a.m, just with suppliers about resolving a lot of the shortages," said Musk. Some suggested Tesla make its own semiconductor chips, but Musk said this would be impossible as it would take Tesla, "even moving like lightning, 12 to 18 months."
Musk is bullish about the Model Y, he says they will begin production for North America and Europe in Texas and Germany later this year, but he’s still bearish on the Cybertruck and stated the brand “shifted the launch of the Semi truck to 2022," mainly because “it is difficult to say when the last of the technical challenges will be solved."
Lars Moravy, VP of Vehicle Engineering, added that Tesla “finished basic engineering of the architecture of the vehicle. We are moving into the beta phases of Cybertruck later this year, and we will be looking to ramp up production at Giga Texas after Model Y is up and running."