Is anyone surprised?
After Elon Musk promised deliveries would begin in 2021, the Tesla Cybertruck was once again delayed to 2022. Now, just four days into the year, that production timeline may be getting pushed back yet again. Tesla made major changes to the Cybertruck ordering page on its website, completely scratching the 2022 production estimate. Instead, the site now says, "You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears." Tesla doesn't give any indication on when production will begin, and the company no longer fields a PR department for comment.
Along with the production date, Tesla also removed any ability to configure the Cybertruck. As a reminder, the original website promised a $39,900 starting price for the base Single Motor RWD model, a Tri-Motor AWD version with a 2.9-second 0-60 mph time and 500-mile max range, and production start in 2021.
Tesla's fine print reads: "The pre-order price of the Vehicle will be confirmed in your Vehicle Configuration and Final Price Sheet. As you may have only configured part of your Vehicle, any pre-order price provided to you in advance of the Final Price Sheet is only being offered to you as an estimate and is subject to change." This statement pretty much erases any legal liability to fulfill the original pricing promises.
Despite all of the original pricing, performance, range, and delivery estimates being scrapped from the website, Tesla will still happily take a $100 (fully refundable) deposit. Tesla claims to have taken over one million pre-orders for the Cybertruck since it was revealed in 2019, but with such a small amount required to reserve one, it's hard to imagine they will all convert to sales.
On the same day Tesla quietly removed its delivery date, Ford announced it would double F-150 Lightning production to 150,000 units annually. Ford currently has almost 200,000 reservations for the Lightning, with deliveries set to begin later this year.
Though it was revealed two years later, it now seems like a near-certainty that the Ford F-150 Lightning will reach customers before the Cybertruck. Tesla's newest Gigafactory in Austin, Texas is almost operational to build the Model Y, but the Cybertruck poses other challenges.
In the most recent spy shots, the Cybertruck still doesn't look production-ready, as Tesla works to change the original design to meet safety and production standards. If you have a $100 reservation, we wouldn't hold much hope of receiving the truck in 2022.