The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused prolonged chip shortages, supply chain disruptions, and production delays. As a result, some consumers are deciding to wait until 2022 to buy a new car. Meanwhile, Tesla is struggling to get back on track with the production of its new EV releases while facing significant delays, such as with two of the company’s most anticipated models.
Some of the latest releases expected from Tesla
Tesla has been busy, with several new EV models in the works. The 2021 all-electric Tesla Model Y compact SUV is the latest vehicle to hit the road. With a starting price of $53,190, Car and Driver claims that “while more practical and more spacious than the smaller Model 3 sedan, the Model Y is short on surprise and delight.”
The new Tesla Model X has a starting MSRP of $91,190 with an expected delivery date of early 2022. MotorTrend reports the electric SUV “is getting a significant mid-cycle update, complete with a refreshed exterior and interior.” Meanwhile, the new three-motor Model X Plaid variant will have a starting price of $121,190.
The eco-friendly 2022 Tesla Model S offers an impressive 412-mile range and ranks number one in its class. Car and Driver claim, “If Tesla stopped building cars tomorrow, the company’s legacy would still forever be cemented in automotive history books thanks to this car.”
The Tesla Cybertruck is delayed once again
According to Green Car Reports, “as part of an internal company update, Musk reportedly announced the Cybertruck is delayed to late 2022.”
The futuristic design has generated plenty of interest, with Insider reporting Tesla currently has “more than 500,000 non-binding preorders” for the Cybertruck. In 2019, Tesla suggested an MSRP of $39,990, saying the all-electric truck would be available in three configurations with a 500-mile range.
In addition to the Tesla Cybertruck, production of the electric semi-truck is also on hold until at least 2022. As for the Cybertruck’s major competitors entering the electric pickup truck market, the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T have plenty of buzz surrounding them. While both trucks will be in high demand, they also face crippling production delays due to semiconductor chip shortages.
Consumers will have to wait until 2023 for the Tesla Roadster
In 2017, Tesla announced plans for a new version of its high-performance EV. The next-generation Tesla Roadster was supposed to hit showroom floors in 2020. Because of supply chain shortages and production delays related to the coronavirus pandemic, that never happened.
CNBC reported that Musk recently confirmed via Twitter that the Roadster is being delayed once again, with 2023 as an expected shipment date. The tweet read, “2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages, so it wouldn’t matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship. Assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023.”
The premiere Roadster is expected to utilize a 200 kWh battery pack that can withstand a 620-mile range when fully charged. With a top speed of 250 mph, the Roadster reportedly will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
Inside EV reported that on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Musk boasted that the $200,000 Roadster will be “full-on James Bond” with SpaceX rocket thrusters that let the car hover above the ground for short distances. It looks like we may have to wait a little longer than 2023 for that model to arrive.