Tesla Cybertruck Electric Pickup Production Delayed to 2022
Tesla is not Daft Punk, because it did not “get lucky.” Those were the words the American electric automaker’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, used to describe the state of Cybertruck production in a January 2021 call with investors about the company’s 2020 earnings.
“If we get lucky, we will be able to do a few [Cybertruck] deliveries by the end of this year,” Musk said. “But I expect volume production to be in 2022.”
Alas, Tesla seemingly failed to find a four-leaf clover between the time of that call and now, as the brand’s Cybertruck configurator now tells interested consumers that their $100 deposit on the electric truck is “Fully refundable. You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022.”
That’s right, production of the Cybertruck now officially commences in 2022. No surprise, really, to those who regularly follow the goings-on of Tesla’s CEO, the latter of which often touts vehicle-related release dates the brand regularly fails to meet.
Admittedly, we prefer Tesla take its time with bringing the Cybertruck to market so as to work out any kinks in the production process, even as customers surely are growing a bit tired of Tesla’s and Musk’s “overpromise and underdeliver” (at least in terms of production timelines) routine. We also wager there’s the potential for the start of Cybertruck production to push past this latest 2022 calendar year promise, and instead begin in 2023.
Nevertheless, the broadness of Tesla’s language—”production nears in 2022″—ought to provide enough cover for the automaker to hit this mark. After all, Tesla needs only to commence production of the Cybertruck by December 31, 2022 to technically keep its latest word.
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