Tesla has been getting a lot of good news lately, but there’s been some bad news for Tesla fans as well. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated Tesla Cybertruck has been delayed, and the same thing’s happened to the Tesla Semi. Here’s a look at why these two big Teslas were delayed, as they were both delayed for different reasons.
Tesla’s success seems unstoppable
For a lot of reasons, Tesla has seen continued success, even despite downturns in the economy. For instance, even though Tesla gave the Model S a break last year, Tesla continued to be financially successful. This is largely thanks to Tesla selling many of its more affordable options, namely the Model 3. On top of that, the newer Model Y, which is a relatively affordable compact SUV, has also sold very well.
While many people drive sedans and SUVs, trucks are the most popular segment in America. As such, many Tesla fans were excited for Tesla to make inroads in the pickup truck segment. Pickup trucks and semi-trucks are notoriously inefficient, so having EV options would go a long way as far as being eco-friendly. Tesla announced plans for Tesla models in both segments, but unfortunately, both were delayed for different reasons.
Why the Tesla Cybertruck and the Semi were (probably) delayed
As Autoblog wrote, while Tesla had a great second quarter, it shared some bad news for fans of the Tesla Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi. Off the bat, while Tesla didn’t officially delay the Cybertruck, there was “very little chance” that Tesla could deliver Cybertrucks in 2021 as Tesla had originally planned. It’s not entirely clear why that is, but it probably has to do with Tesla wanting to focus on the Model Y right now.
That said, Tesla plans to move the Cybertruck into its beta phase by the end of 2021. It’s not entirely clear what that means, but, according to Autoblog, Tesla will ramp up production of the Cybertruck in Texas after the Model Y gets up and running at that plant.
The Tesla Semi, meanwhile, was delayed for a different reason. As Autoblog said, the Semi was revealed in 2017, and it was supposed to debut in 2019. However, Tesla’s officially delayed it until 2022. The main reason for this delay, according to Autoweek, has to do with batteries. Due to a shortage of batteries, Tesla decided to focus its batteries on its other models rather than the Semi.
How will the Cybertruck and Semi delays affect Tesla?
While it’s challenging to predict the future, it’s also improbable that these delays will matter. At the end of the day, Tesla has a lot going for it. Tesla is pioneering a future without gas or diesel cars. As such, Tesla has a lot of fans that share that vision of the future. Those fans are typically very loyal to Tesla, and so they probably don’t care how long they’ll have to wait before they can buy a Cybertruck. Furthermore, they probably weren’t going to buy an F-150 anyway.
The Tesla Semi is in a different spot, though. Obviously, a regular person wasn’t going to buy a Semi. Instead, the Semi’s goal was different but revolutionary in the same way that the other Teslas were. A lot of stuff is moved across the country thanks to semi-trucks and their drivers, and Tesla wanted to make it green. As such, the Semi has always had a bit of a question mark. It’s not clear how many semi-truck drivers will ultimately drive a Tesla Semi. Regardless, by introducing the Semi, Tesla will be doing its part to making another vehicle class greener.