Tesla Semi Truck, Roadster, & Pickup Truck Delayed
Tesla held their 2019 Shareholders Meeting today, and Elon Musk took to the stage to talk about several ongoing projects at Tesla, including the upcoming Model Y, Roadster, Semi, and Pickup Truck.
During the event, Elon Musk warned that they don’t plan on adding complexity to their lineup until they can scale up battery production. This is one of the significant issues they are currently having with vehicle production is they can’t make batteries fast enough.
Starting with the Model Y, Tesla is focusing on this vehicle next as its the companies main priority after the Model 3. Model Y is expected to start production next year in the fall of 2020.
The Tesla Semi-truck is being delayed until next year along with the 2020 Roadster which is currently not a priority within Tesla until they can get other projects working.
The upcoming pickup truck, which Elon called the “Cyberpunk Truck” is expected the be unveiled towards the end of this summer 2019. Production supposed to happen years later. Probably after the Model Y, Semi, and the Roadster.
These announcements may come as a surprise to many, but Tesla is still working to fulfill all the Model 3 orders the continue to get. With a new Gigafactory being built in China, it will surely help their production. The big issue still comes back to battery production. Tesla is currently partnered with Panasonic to make all the battery cells used in their electric vehicles. If Panasonic can’t make the batteries fast enough, Tesla may be forced to bring on another manufacturer or start building the batteries themselves.
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