For a vehicle with super-fast acceleration, the Tesla Cybertruck certainly takes its time to get here.
The electric vehicle giant has quietly confirmed that its long-awaited van won’t arrive until 2022 at the earliest, reports Electrek. This means Tesla will miss its initial 2021 release target by at least a year.
Confirmation of the delay is not completely unexpected. While the month since the Cybertruck’s public debut in November 2019 has been jam-packed with updates, including plenty of talk about accessories, news about the EV truck has all but dried up over the past year or so. Then, during a conference call in January on Tesla’s fourth quarter 2020 results, CEO Elon Musk hinted that the vehicle’s many unique and unique features could cause production delays.
“If we’re lucky we can make some deliveries towards the end of this year, but I expect volume productions to start in 2022,” Musk said at the time.
Indeed, if you go to vehicle order page Today, the fine print at the bottom now reads, “You will be able to complete your setup as production nears in 2022.” One thing that hasn’t changed, however: the low reservation fee of $ 100 – that some credited with artificially inflating the VE’s pre-order numbers – are still fully refundable.
This is not the first time that the Cybertruck has faced delay issues. First teased in 2017, the electric vehicle was slated to debut in the summer of 2019, but wasn’t ready for its big moment until later that fall. And, of course, that Tesla we’re talking about, a company that always seems to have a perpetually overdue project or two (see: the Semi and the Roadster).
Still, the delay is unlikely to do anything to dampen enthusiasm for the Cybertruck, especially if it’s only for a year. Why? Because Tesla’s pickup is one of the most intriguing and polarizing models of the next generation of battery-powered trucks. The brand claims the Angular EV can go from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds, tow over 14,000 pounds, and have a range of over 500 miles. Plus, its bold geometric design is unlike anything we’ve ever seen for a production vehicle. Whether all of this is enough to make the Cybertruck worth it remains to be seen.