Rumors that Tesla Cybertruck production was delayed have been swirling for quite some time now, with the original production date approaching without any updates from the California-based automaker. During a conference call following the release of Tesla’s Q4 2020 earnings, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the all-electric automaker would be “lucky” if it managed to deliver just a “a few” units of the Cybertruck by the end of 2021, indicating that volume production was much more likely in 2022.
Later, Tesla said that Cybertruck production would ramp up after production of the Tesla Model Y crossover, but failed to confirm that Tesla Cybertruck production was indeed delayed.
Now, however, Tesla has updated the official Cybertruck order page to include a footnote stating that production will not launch until the 2022 calendar year.
Some of the delays stem from the features offered, including the large steel exoskeleton, which requires the implementation of new machinery and manufacturing processes. When it does finally hit production, the Tesla Cybertruck will be assembled at the automaker’s facility near Austin, Texas.
Tesla pulled the sheets off the all-new Cybertruck during a special event in California during November of 2019. Outside, the Cybertruck boasts a retro, sci-fi-esque exterior and shatter-proof windows (although a live demonstration of the latter did not quite go as planned during the debut). Ingress and egress is assisted by a four-door body, while in back, there’s a 6.5-foot bed section.
With regard to the powertrain, the Tesla Cybertruck offers several configurations. The base model includes a single motor and rear-wheel drive, with range set at 250 miles and towing capacity set at 7,500 pounds. At the top of the range, the powertrain includes a tri-motor setup, 14,000-pound towing capacity, and 500 miles of range.