Tesla’s truck Semi will not start towing loads this year either. The car manufacturer revealed during its latest call for earnings that it moved the arrival of trucks – once again – to 2022, three years after the original launch goal of 2019. Last year, the company announced that he had to delay the release of the vehicle until 2021, but did not explain what prompted the decision and whether it was primarily due to a pandemic. Now, according to TechCrunch, Tesla told shareholders that the Semi truck will be delayed due to the limited availability of battery cells and global challenges in the supply chain.
The whole statement reads:
“We believe we remain on track to build our first Model Y vehicles in Berlin and Austin in 2021. The pace of appropriate production ramps will be influenced by the successful introduction of many new products and production technologies, and the ongoing supply chain and regional licensing challenges.
To better focus on these factories, and due to limited battery cell availability and global supply chain challenges, we have moved the launch of the semi-trailer program to 2022. We are also making progress on the Cybertruck industrialization, which is currently planned for Austrian production after the Y model. “
As TechCrunch notes that Tesla CEO Jerome Guillen also left the company in June, just months after he began heading the trucking department. Although the carmaker did not say whether his departure was in any way related to Sami’s delay, Guillen ran Tesla’s entire car business until he became president of the heavy truck unit in March.
Tesla first announced Semi back in 2017, promising large electrical equipment with a range of 500 miles and technologies that include a reinforced autopilot. He traveled around the US and was obviously able to do so field trips independently unaccompanied since 2018, relying entirely on Tesla’s existing Supercharger network. Elon Musk told staff in an internal email last year that Sammy was ready for it enter mass production, but company readiness means nothing without truck components.
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