The Tesla Cybertruck has been making the news ever since Elon Musk threw a rock through its window at the official announcement. But the Cybertruck has officially been delayed until 2022 as Tesla struggles to get production ramped up. Or, perhaps Tesla is struggling to get production started at all.
When can I expect my Tesla Cybertruck?
Unfortunately, buyers can expect to wait a little longer now. The Tesla Cybertruck was expected to get delivered later this year, but that is no longer the case. Last month, the Tesla Model S deliveries started getting delayed across the board. Now, Tesla has delayed Cybertruck deliveries until 2022, according to Electrek.
Cybertruck buyers started receiving notice that if you placed a deposit, you would be able to complete the configuration “as production nears in 2022.” Tesla had hoped to build the Cybertruck at the Gigafactory Texas location during 2021. It isn’t clear if production won’t start at all or just be delayed until later in the year.
Unfortunately, that means plenty of reservation holders might not see the Cybertruck until 2023. Even if Tesla works out the kinks by early next year, actual production is going to take a while to ramp up. With so many reservations to fill, the Tesla Cybertruck is a long way away from regular deliveries.
How much is the Tesla Cybertruck going for?
There are three different models of the Tesla Cybertruck. The single motor rear-wheel-drive option started at $39,900. The dual-motor all-wheel drive Cybertruck started at $49,900. Finally, the tri-motor AWD option started at $69,000. All of these offered full self-driving for an extra $10,000.
Previously, Tesla said that the factory would produce the two higher-end models first. The delay seems to be for all three of the options regardless of motor choice. Buyers only had to put down a $100 deposit to get in line for the Cybertruck last year, which means there is quite a long line of people hoping to get the truck.
Since production continues to get delayed, the Tesla Cybertruck will be worth a ton of money to those at the front of the list. Tesla has an unusual delivery game that sometimes places those close to the factory at the front of the list. Those who have purchased a Tesla before might get bumped to the front as well.
The electric truck game is ramping up
Since Tesla doesn’t have anything like the Cybertruck in production, there was a lot of work put into the design. Not to mention the fact that the Cybertruck is like nothing else on the market. The brand only recently confirmed that the engineering for the Tesla Cybertruck was completed. Since the frame is essentially a steel exoskeleton, Tesla had to create a new manufacturing process.
Right now, there is a mad dash to bring an electric pickup to the market. Lordstown Motors was working on one, but that fizzled out. The Ford F-150 Lightning is popping up in places recently and might be the first one actually to reach mainstream markets. Rivian delayed the R1T electric pickup truck until September now.
With pandemic delays, semiconductor chip issues, and just general supply and demand problems, automotive production has not been smooth this year. If you planned on rolling into 2022 with your fresh new Tesla Cybertruck, you might need to rethink those plans.