Tesla has been targeting to open two brand new factories, Giga Berlin and Giga Texas, before the end of the year.
While construction continues and the finishing touches are put on both factories, the automaker has tempered expectations on when customers can anticipate to take delivery of cars built at either location.
During the company’s Q3 2021 earnings call this afternoon, CFO Zachary Kirkhorn said the company is still targeting to build the first production cars before December 31, 2021.
However, just moments later he added that customers will have to wait until early 2022 before seeing them on the road.
“It remains our target in both Austin and Berlin to build our first production cars before the end of the year. We should not expect for us to deliver cars by the end of 2021 from these factories even if we do produce them,” Kirkhorn said.
The reasons behind this delay between production and deliveries was explained by Kirkhorn. He said factors like homologation (certification) and other regulatory reasons as the main factors.
Kirkhorn also said Tesla will want to build a certain number of cars to iron out any production issues so they are “confident in the quality and customer experience around them” before deliveries can begin.