That’s Cybertruck delay number five, in case you’re keeping count.
Elon Musk revealed the Tesla Cybertruck all the way back in 2019. At this time, having an EV pickup was a relatively novel idea. Tesla aimed for production starting in late 2021, and Roman even had the opportunity to ride in a prototype Cybertruck. Since then, however, most of the major buzz around Tesla’s EV truck has been about delays.
Musk dropped the bad news during a conference for Tesla’s 2022 Q4 financial results.
This is the fifth notable push back in Tesla’s production goal. First from 2021 to 2022, then early 2023, then mid-2023, then late 2023 and now early 2024. Though the first few units may roll off the production line in 2023, we shouldn’t expect mass production until 2024, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Here’s the biggest problem for Tesla
The Cybertruck isn’t the only EV pickup truck option out there. Ford, Rivian and General Motors beat Tesla to the punch. Plus, GM’s Silverado EV and Sierra EV are coming out soon. Ram may even have a production version of their EV Revolution pickup ready sometime in 2024.
The longer it takes for Tesla to get the Cybertruck to production, the more competition it will have to fight for dominance against. Paired with the truck’s controversial styling, Tesla might not have as much of a home run as with their previous models.
Tesla is aiming for specs that would still be impressive by 2024. Some of those include a 1,000 volt architecture and a 1,000kW peak charging rate. Then again, Musk has also claimed the Cybertruck will function briefly as a watercraft if you need it to. At this point in time, it’s hard to know what to believe. Check out the video below to see our prediction on how the Cybertruck will do when it finally hits the road.