Tesla was hoping to begin production of the highly anticipated Cybertruck later this year. In their most recent Q2 2021 earnings report published on July 26, the automaker didn’t provide an update to that timeline, but did say production would begin “subsequent to Model Y” at Giga Texas.
Although construction at Giga Texas has been progressing rapidly, many took that statement to mean Cybertruck production would be delayed into 2022.
Tesla has now confirmed that with an update to their website. The order page now says production will begin in 2022, whereas previously it said late 2021.
The updated timeline shouldn’t come as a big surprise. As far back as January during the company’s Q4 2020 earnings call CEO Elon Musk has been hinting that a late 2021 production start would be difficult to meet saying they would need to be lucky in order to do so.
“If we get lucky, we will be able to do a few deliveries towards the end of this year, but I expect volume production to begin in 2022,” he said.
Another reason it shouldn’t be a surprise is we still haven’t seen the final design of the Cybertruck. Musk has provided a few details about it, saying it would have no door handles and also rear-wheel steering.
Whenever it does begin production, there will be a long line-up of buyers waiting. According to an unofficial crowd sourced tracker, more than 1.2 million Cybertruck reservations have already been placed.