The Tesla Semi and Cybertruck are parked on the back burner.
Elon Musk revealed during the company’s second quarter earnings call that the Semi will not launch until 2022 and that the Cybertruck is not built until production of the Model Y is operational in volume in the factory in Texas that will manufacture it as well as Recover it.
Musk said production of the vehicles faces a variety of parts sourcing and engineering issues, but the Model Y is the priority at the new plant. Tesla plans to incorporate its next-generation 4680 battery technology into the Texas-built Model Y, but has a “back-up plan” that uses packs currently used in Model Ys produced in California and China.
The Cybertruck and Semi are also designed around the 4680 battery, which is still in development, but larger vehicles are “heavy users of cell capacity”, so they will only become economically viable when there is a steady supply. Musk has said that if Tesla starts building the low-volume Cybertruck, the pickup trucks could cost “$ 1 million apiece,” so he will wait until things are sorted out.
Tesla aimed to have the first Cybertrucks delivered by the end of 2021, and is still doing so as such. Musk has not confirmed that this goal is still valid, but added that he believes the vehicle, which is currently listed with starting prices ranging from $ 39,990 to $ 69,990, will be Tesla’s “best product. “.
Tesla already has more than a million reservations for the radical-style Cybertruck, which Musk says could be the company’s first “flop”, according to a crowdfunding tally.
In addition to the new battery, the Model Y and the Cybertruck are designed with dozens of parts replaced by large single castings produced by the world’s largest presses and the processes to build them like this are also still in progress. elaboration.