When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Cybertruck at a Tesla event in 2019, he had promised that it would be available by 2021. Unfortunately, that promise has been delayed repeatedly, which isn’t a surprise since the company has a reputation for blowing deadlines. But, Tesla isn’t pinning the delays on any supply shortages. Instead, they have avoided the sort of factory shutdowns that have hurt other automakers during the pandemic because they supply their own chips. But we may not start seeing deliveries until December 2023, which will be behind the competition.
Tesla Cybertruck: Delay Details
Musk announced at the Tesla Cyber Rodeo in Austin, Texas, that they would begin manufacturing the Cybertruck next year. But it seems that next year may be optimistic for the Cybertruck’s arrival. According to analysts that spoke to Autoweek, even if someone puts down a cash deposit for the all-electric truck, we won’t be seeing it any earlier than December of 2023, which indicates that most early deliveries won’t happen until 2024.
The late arrival is due to the CEO having many changes that he wants to be made to the truck before it hits the market. Musk is a bit of a perfectionist and won’t let the truck hit the market until it’s as perfect as it can be. Likely, details of the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Chevrolet Silverado EV have caused him to order his engineers and designers to go back to the drawing boards.
Tesla brought the Cybertruck to an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers, not the college frat) recruitment event in Brooklyn, Michigan. The origami-styled electric pickup by Tesla attracted the crowds at the event who wanted to take a picture of the truck—giving Ford and General Motors a friendly reminder that Tesla is still a force to be reckoned with, even if it’s going to be late to the party. In fact, there are so many orders for the Tesla Cybertruck that some people may be waiting until 2027 to get their trucks.