Tesla Cybertruck Delayed Until 2022

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tesla cybertruck delayed until 2022

Tesla’s Cybertruck has been delayed. The automaker updated its online vehicle configurations to reflect that the model will no longer be arriving in 2021. The pickup’s new launch date is set for sometime in 2022, with no hints on what part of the year the company plans on getting the assembly lines humming.

Though there’s little reason to get bent out of shape. Tesla has always been notorious for delaying vehicles and the automotive sector is currently in a state where you’d probably be more shocked to learn that Cybertruck was arriving on time. Besides, Tesla now has more time to dangle the model in front of consumers as a way to keep itself relevant.

All three versions of the stainless steel pickup now state that you can “complete your configuration as production nears in 2022.” However the slicker versions of the vehicle were originally supposed to be made available by the end of 2021.

Musk had previously stated that the truck was posing challenges for the brand all the way up through the summer. In July, he said that developing a new platform had been difficult and hinted that it could impact its production rollout. One of the biggest issues is readying Tesla Giga Texas for the model, which uses totally different production methods than its other vehicles. The Austin-based plant isn’t technically finished with construction either. However the company feels confident it can at least commence Model Y assembly in the coming weeks, with Cybertruck following closer to the facility’s completion.

Sadly, specifics are nonexistent because Tesla dissolved its PR team last year. However we did get a glimpse of the factory this week.

On Monday, the Austin Tesla Club reposted a recent clip of Cybertruck cruising around the worksite. The tweet noted how much the pickup looked like CGI but it was the barren landscape that was the most interesting. Giga Texas doesn’t seem to be quite as far along as anticipated but there’s information to suggest that Tesla is at least on the cusp to start production within the next month or two — albeit nowhere near full-scale levels.


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  • Cliff731 Cliff731 on Aug 10, 2021

    Tesla and Musk need to bury that Cybertruck thing in a deep hole in the desert... and forget all about it. If Musk is hellbent on taking this oddity to market, it will be a sales flop of costly magnitude... e.g. - Ford's Edsel comes to mind. A few folks would actually purchase one, of course, simply due to it being so "different"... but not in the sales volume that Tesla's competitors will garner with their EV trucks. Tesla's $$$ (and Musk money) would be best spent on a clean sheet conventional "looking" design... and not spent on something that looks like it came from a 1980's or 1990's Mattel Hot Wheels kids toy pack.

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    • Mcs Mcs on Aug 12, 2021

      @285exp ". People who tow travel, boat, and horse trailers are a big market, especially for the high end trucks" I know a lot of people that tow trailers and boats with Toyota Highlanders. Not everyone has a 40' trailer or a huge boat. I have several neighbors with horses and every one of them uses a dually for a truck. No dual version of the CT. As far as flyover country using trucks for work, I'm a native Texan and my home state is probably the capital of pickup trucks as fashion accessories. We have an expression, "all hat and no cattle". In New England, because of the narrow twisty roads, if someone owns a pickup truck, there is usually a good reason. Actually, in New England, snow plow operators would have a tough time with an electric. They have to work fast plowing driveways and consume a lot of fuel quickly. Probably one of the worst use cases for an electric pickup.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 10, 2021

    Pretty sure Elon Musk is closely monitoring TTAC for cutting-edge business advice. /S

    • 96redse5sp 96redse5sp on Aug 11, 2021

      Yeah, I was wondering about that. Is anyone else here among the five wealthiest people on the planet? Are we hearing from entrepreneurs who have numerous multi-million dollar start-ups under their belts? Musk is a world-class asshole, but if you think you’re a better, more innovative business person than Musk, you’re probably wrong.

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  • Art_Vandelay It's not like everyone is topping their ICE vehicles off and coasting into the gas station having used every last drop of fuel either though. Most people start looking to fill up at around a 1/4 of a tank. If you constantly run the thing out of gas your fuel pump would probably be unhappy. If you running your EV to zero daily you probably bought the wrong vehicle
  • ToolGuy Imagine how exciting the automotive landscape will be once other manufacturers catch up with Subaru's horizontally-opposed engine technology.
  • FreedMike Oh, and this..."While London likes to praise its own congestion charging for reducing traffic and increasing annual revenues, tourism has declined..."The reason London's tourism numbers are down is that the city has resumed its' "tourist tax." And why did the tourist tax get reimposed? Brexit. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/tourist-tax-cost-millions-myth-hmrc-survey-foreign-visitors-spending-uk-b1082327.html
  • Dukeisduke Eh, still a Nissan. Nope.