Tesla Semi: Market launch officially postponed to 2022

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Even the cybertruck will probably not make it this year

Tesla Semi: Market launch officially postponed to 2022-tesla

When Tesla announced its second quarter financial results yesterday (July 26), it announced that the market launch of the Tesla Semi had been postponed to 2022.

This means that the start of the all-electric semi-trailer is delayed again.

The semi was presented in 2017 and announced for 2019. After that, it was said the semi should start in 2021, but that won't happen either – although redesigned prototypes appeared in early 2021, like site in February and in March reported. Some observers even expected production to reach 100 units per week by December 2021.

But now came the shift. The manufacturer told them that it would have to focus on the other projects, which depended on "many new product and manufacturing technologies, ongoing supply chain challenges and regional approvals." The last point apparently refers to the difficulties with the building permits in the new Gigafactory in Grunheide.

Initially, Tesla plans to start producing the Model Y in 2021 (with megacastings and a structural battery pack consisting of 4680 cells) in Germany and Austin, Texas. The 4680 cells are only available to a very limited extent, which also affects the Tesla semi-program.

Here is the official announcement in English:

"We believe we remain on track to build our first Model Y vehicles in Berlin and Austin in 2021. The pace of the respective production ramps will be influenced by the successful introduction of many new product and manufacturing technologies, ongoing supply-chain related challenges and regional permitting. To better focus on these factories, and due to the limited availability of battery cells and global supply chain challenges, we have shifted the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022. "

Tesla boss Elon Musk had already pointed out the battery restrictions for the Semi in March. In a tweet, when asked how the semi was going, he replied: "We are too cell-restricted at the moment, but next year it will probably be okay."

A few days later, Musk tweeted that the short-term cell replenishment would make it difficult to scale up the Semi. in 2022 the situation would improve:

Tesla Cybertruck probably not until 2022

According to the official announcement, the production of the Tesla Cybertruck in the new Gigafactory in Austin only start after the production of Model Y has started:

"We are also making progress on the industrialization of Cybertruck, which is currently planned for Austin production subsequent to Model Y."

This suggests that the Cybertruck will probably not be on the market this year, as the launch of the Model Y before the end of 2021 will be a challenge.

Picture gallery: Tesla Cybertruck

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