The Tesla Cybertruck was revealed back in 2019, and the all-electric pickup was originally slated to launch by the end of 2021. However, that date was later pushed to 2022 and then late 2022, with production expected to fully ramp up in 2023. Now that 2022 has arrived, Tesla mysteriously removed any mention of the Cybertruck’s potential launch date from its official site, merely saying that reservation holders “will be able to complete your configuration as production nears.”
This latest delay doesn’t come as a major surprise, since the automaker’s new Gigafactory Texas – where the Tesla Cybertruck will be built – is still under construction, and that plant will also build the Model Y once it’s operational. Secondly, the Cybertruck will utilize Tesla’s new 4680 battery cells – which will also be used in Tesla’s forthcoming semi-truck – although those batteries are currently supply-constrained, leading to delays in the semi’s launch as well. Tesla has also made a number of changes to the Cybertruck’s design recently, which further complicates matters.
It already appeared that the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will beat the Cybertruck to market, and this latest delay seems to seal that fate as Ford’s all-electric pickup is on track for a spring launch. After accumulating over 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lighting, Ford recently announced that it will nearly double its planned production of the new model by mid-2023, but also admitted that it likely won’t be able to fulfill all of the forthcoming customer orders in the 2022 model year, as CEO Jim Farley expects that 80 percent of those folks will convert their reservations to orders.
The first wave of Ford’s staggered orders for the F-150 Lightning went out last week, though a few reservation holders have already been surprised by some pretty substantial dealer markups. As Ford Authority reported last week, the automaker recently sent out a memo warning dealers that their actions could result in a loss of allocations, and also revealed that it plans on selling the F-150 Lightning with a one-year no-sale provision.