Tesla's Cybertruck delayed until 2022 after months of speculation

It was announced in 2019 in a press event infamous for broken armoured glass windows.
It was announced in 2019 in a press event infamous for broken armoured glass windows. Photo credit: Supplied

Tesla's Cybertruck, the company's electric pickup truck scheduled to be released this year, has been delayed to 2022 according to reports.

Electrical vehicle website electrek says after months of hints over a potential delay in production, the Elon Musk-founded company has finally admitted defeat over its 2021 timeline.

The 2021 launch was talked about when it was first unveiled, a press event infamous for the testing of the Cybertruck's armoured glass windows, which smashed instead of holding up to a heavy object being thrown at them.

But Tesla's pre-order website, including the New Zealand version, has been updated to say: "You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022".

This applies to all versions of the Cybertruck.

In January Musk had told a conference call: "If we get lucky, we'll be able to do a few deliveries toward the end of this year, but I expect volume productions to begin in 2022."

Then in July Tesla's VP of vehicle engineering Lars Moravy said the "basic engineering of the architecture of the vehicle" had been finished during the company's second-quarter earnings call.

But during the same earnings call the same timeline was kept, with production due to start in Texas after the Model Y, electrek reported.

"We are also making progress on the industrialization of Cybertruck, which is currently planned for Austin production subsequent to Model Y," Moravy said.

Tesla supporter and Cleantechnica writer Johnna Crider speculated the delay was, at least in part, due to the popularity of the Model Y.

InsideEVs reported last week that in just seven days at the end of July 17,000 Cybertruck reservations were made, bringing the total to over 1.25 million.

Reservations are available for as little as $US100, so they won't all translate into sales, but it shows the popularity of the angular truck.