In a fresh statement regarding the Tesla Cybertruck, which has lately taken a backseat, Elon Musk said that the company plans to finish Cybertruck research this year in order to begin manufacturing the vehicle in 2023.
During the unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck in 2019, the company said that the electric pickup truck will be available for purchase by the end of 2021. As the deadline drew nearer, the carmaker stated that manufacturing would be delayed until 2022 instead.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk subsequently said that the company was aiming to begin manufacturing the electric pickup truck at its Gigafactory Texas facility in “late 2022.” With all of the attention obviously focused on getting the Model Y into production at the plant, and with it also being delayed, it looked probable that the Cybertruck manufacturing timetable would be pushed back as well.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided an update at the company’s most recent earnings report in January, clarifying that the Cybertruck and any other new vehicles will not be introduced until 2022.
When it comes to the electric pickup truck, the CEO was noncommittal, saying merely that it would “hopefully arrive next year” – i.e., in 2023 – and that it would “hopefully come next year.”
The Cybertruck has been in the news since then, with reports claiming that Tesla plans to begin manufacturing of the vehicle in early 2023.
Musk was questioned about Tesla’s short-term ambitions by an employee during a celebration celebrating the commencement of Model Y deliveries at the Gigafactory Berlin, which was taking place at the time. The Tesla CEO reaffirmed that the company’s priority this year is to increase production of existing car projects, particularly the Model Y and Model 3, but he also made an unusual statement on the Cybertruck project.
Earlier this year, Musk said that Tesla hoped to finish the development of the Cybertruck this year, with manufacturing beginning in 2023: ‘We intend to finish the development of Cybertruck this year and have it ready for production by the end of next year.’
While the statement does not explicitly state that manufacturing would begin in early 2023, it is consistent with the speculated timeframe. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also said that the company expects to finish engineering on the new Roadster this year and that the company expects to get enough batteries to be able to construct more Tesla Semi vehicles.
Following Musk’s surprise announcement that Tesla would transfer its product development priority to its Optimus humanoid robot in 2022, the company’s stock has risen significantly.