Ford, Common Motors and Rivian all have electrical pickup vehicles in manufacturing however patrons trying ahead to the Tesla Cybertruck must hold ready.
Tesla revealed the Cybertruck in late 2019 and initially deliberate to have it in manufacturing by late 2021. As that deadline approached, Tesla stated the beginning of manufacturing can be in late 2022.
Citing individuals conversant in the matter, Reuters reported on Friday that Cybertruck manufacturing now will not begin till the primary quarter of 2023. Allegedly the most recent delay is because of plans to improve the specs to compete with a number of the new competitors.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk in December hinted at this when he stated the primary Cybertruck variant to be constructed can be a new four-motor variant that wasn’t a part of the unique lineup introduced through the Cybertruck’s 2019 reveal. Beforehand the lineup topped out with a three-motor variant.
Musk final yr additionally talked about provide chain points and stated that these would persist.
Tesla has eliminated the Cybertruck web page from its web site, which can point out that the automaker is rejigging the electrical pickup’s specs and ordering course of. It is also attainable that pricing will probably be modified. Beforehand asserting pricing was $39,900 for a 250-mile mannequin, $49,900 for a 300-mile mannequin and $69,900 for a 500-mile mannequin.
Attainable prototypes for the Cybertruck have been noticed in current months at Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California. The testers appeared just like the Cybertruck proven in 2019 however featured manufacturing components like a windscreen wiper and facet mirrors.
Tesla will construct the Cybertruck at its plant in Austin, Texas. The plant is anticipated to return on-line this yr with manufacturing of the Mannequin Y.
Musk has stated he’ll present an up to date product highway map throughout Tesla’s earnings name on January 26.
Whereas Tesla continues to fumble the launch of the Cybertruck, different automakers are racking up hundreds of orders for their very own electrical pickups. Ford this month stated it was doubling annual manufacturing of its F-150 Lightning to 150,000 items because of robust demand. And Rivian in December stated it had 71,000 pre-orders for its R1T and associated R1S SUV.