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Giga Texas may not produce Cybertrucks until 2023

The Cybertruck is rumored to not see production in 2022 anymore. (Twitter)

In the latest delay of Tesla’s Cybertruck, new reports indicate it may detract from its plan for a 2022 release.

The electric vehicle is slated for production at the $1.1 billion Austin Gigafactory in southeast Travis County. But as Mashable reported, the order page for the Cybertruck formerly mentioned production would near in 2022. Now, it states “you will be able to complete your configuration as production nears.”

First announced in 2019, the Cybertruck had originally been planned for late 2021 production. The latest delays were further backed up by Reuters, which cited an unnamed source familiar with the matter said production is planned for the first quarter of 2023.

Also according to Reuters, delays are driven by changing features on the vehicle as Tesla aims to compete with others in the electric pickup market. In a newly released video of what appears to be the Tesla Cybertruck on the Fremont, California test track, the long-anticipated EV has some new features, including different mirrors, front lights and a long vertical windshield wiper.

The Cybertruck was spotted at the Fremont test track last month. (ChileAI100/YouTube)

First up for production at Giga Texas is Tesla’s Model Y. Latest estimates show that if ordered now, the Model Y wouldn’t be delivered until about six months from now, in July.

Industry expert Dan Ives, who recently analyzed Tesla-filed paperwork and predicted that production at the Gigafactory could start very soon, talked about the Cybertruck’s role in Austin.

“Cybertruck over the coming years is a major growth lever to the Tesla story and it's going to be the heart and lungs of Austin for the next three to four years,” Ives said. “In the medium term, Cybertruck will be front and center in Austin but for right now the priority is getting Model Y cars produced and delivered.”

He’s also said vehicle delivery could happen in early February with full capacity around the fourth quarter of 2022 or early 2023.

Other vehicles that will come out of the Austin factory include the Model 3 compact sedan and the semi.


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