The Tesla Cybertruck might’ve gained a lot of attention when it was unveiled but, so far, it only remains a controversially-designed truck. While some have praised it for its unconventional approach, we’re yet to see it on public roads, due to numerous delays and pushbacks from the company. According to Reuters, 2022 won’t be the lucky year, as Elon Musk promised.
Quoting sources close to the matter, Reuters says that the production of the Tesla Cybertruck is now being pushed to the end of the first quarter of 2023. That’s March/April, to be more precise. The same source claims that there’s a good reason for this delay and, even though many will be disappointed, it is done in order to change some features and functions of the electric pickup. Why? To make it even better, of course.
That’s a reasonable explanation, overall, as the competition in this segment has been heating up lately. After seeing the Ford F-150 Lighting unveiled and its huge popularity, Chevrolet also unveiled its own electric Silverado last week, during the Consumers Electronics Show. Those are only two of the rivals in this segment that includes cars like the Rivian R1T or the GMC Hummer EV.
Getting back to the Cybertruck, it looks like the first units will be rolling out in the first quarter of 2023, with the production to be scaled up later on. This will be the third time the Cybertruck is delayed, after the car was unveiled in 2019. Initially, the plan was to have it enter production in late 2021 and then in 2022. The pandemic and chip shortage definitely played a part in this delay, as Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter in late November.
Hopefully, the Cybertruck won’t follow in the footsteps of the Tesla Roadster, yet another highly-anticipated car from the American manufacturer that is yet to see the light of day.