Apparently, it's still in the beta phase.
Remember when Tesla first showed off the Cybertruck in 2019? Well, it's 2021, and deliveries were set to happen later this year. Right. As a reminder, we are more than halfway through 2021, and the Texas Gigafactory where Tesla will build the Cybertruck is still under construction. Tesla has some explaining to do. Reuters reports that Tesla finally shed some light on this situation during an investor call to discuss second-quarter profits. On a positive note, Tesla earned $1.1 billion from April to June after raising prices and cutting costs. Unfortunately, the news on Cybertruck and Semi production isn't as rosy.
Tesla wants to increase deliveries by more than 50% this year, but that will depend on parts availability. "[We've had] many calls at midnight, 1 a.m, just with suppliers about resolving a lot of the shortages," said company CEO Elon Musk. Some investors suggested Tesla make its own semiconductor chips, but Musk said, "that would take us, even moving like lightning, 12 to 18 months."
Even with the shortage, Musk seemed confident that limited Model Y production will begin in Texas and Germany later this year. As for the 2021 Tesla Cybertruck, Musk didn't seem as confident. "It is difficult to say when the last of the technical challenges will be solved," he said, referencing the truck's battery cells.
The news on the Tesla Semi is even gloomier. Some sources indicated we might finally see the production Semi this year, but those reports have now been debunked by Musk himself. "We have shifted the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022," he confirmed during the call. "We are also making progress on the industrialization of Cybertruck, which is currently planned for Austin production subsequent to Model Y."
When asked for more information about Cybertruck production, vice president of vehicle engineering Lars Moravy said it "is at a stage where we finished basic engineering of the architecture of the vehicle. We are moving into the beta phases of Cybertruck later this year, and we will be looking to ramp up production at Giga Texas after Model Y is up and running." In other words, don't expect deliveries to begin in 2021, and don't hold your breath for 2022 either.