Elon Musk: Tesla aims to complete Cybertruck development this year for production in 2023

Elon Musk made a new comment on the Tesla Cybertruck, which recently took a back seat, and said the automaker aims to complete development of the Cybertruck this year for production in 2023.

When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019, Tesla said the electric pickup truck would hit the market by the end of 2021. As the deadline approached, the automaker confirmed that production had slipped to 2022.

CEO Elon Musk later said Tesla was aiming to start production of the electric pickup truck in “late 2022” at Gigafactory Texas. With the focus clearly on getting the Model Y into production at the factory, and with that also being delayed, it seemed likely that Cybertruck’s production schedule could slip as well.

During Tesla’s last earnings report in January, Musk gave an update confirming that Tesla would not be launching the Cybertruck or any new vehicles in 2022.

The CEO remained vague regarding the electric van and only said it would “hopefully arrive next year”, meaning in 2023.

Since then, there have been rumors that Tesla plans to start production of the Cybertruck in early 2023.

At an event for the start of Model Y deliveries at Gigafactory Berlin, Musk was asked by an employee about Tesla’s near-term goals. Musk reiterated that Tesla’s goal this year is to increase production of current vehicle programs, particularly the Model Y and Model 3, but he also made a rare comment about Cybertruck.

Musk said Tesla aims to complete development of the Cybertruck this year for production in 2023:

“We want to finish development of Cybertruck this year and be ready for production next year.”

Although the commentary doesn’t confirm it, it does work with the supposed timeline of a production start in early 2023.

The CEO also said that Tesla aims to finish engineering the new Roadster this year and hopes to get enough batteries to be able to produce more Tesla Semi trucks.

The comments come after Musk surprisingly said that Tesla is shifting its product development priority to its humanoid robot Optimus in 2022.

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