Musk Says Tesla Semi Coming Next Year

Tesla Semi
The Tesla Semi. (Alexis Georgeson/Tesla Motors)

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Tesla Inc. will start production next year of three products that have fallen well behind Elon Musk’s original schedule, the CEO said at the opening of the carmaker’s newest factory.

“We’ll be in production with Cybertruck next year, we’ll be in production with the Roadster, and with Semi,” Musk said on stage at the company’s “Cyber Rodeo” late April 7 in Austin, Texas.

“This year is all about scaling up, and then next year, there’s gonna be a massive wave of new products.”

When Musk, 50, first unveiled Tesla’s angular pickup in November 2019, he said production would start in late 2021.

The electric vehicle maker announced in January it was delaying introductions of new models to next year, citing challenges scaling up existing products in the midst of supply chain issues.

Musk showed prototypes of the Semi and next-generation Roadster in November 2017, and they’re much tardier than the Cybertruck. At the time of their unveiling, initial production was planned for 2019 and 2020, respectively.


Cybertruck by Tesla

For all the timelines Tesla hasn’t met, the carmaker has been on a roll since it introduced the Model Y, the first Texas-made units of which were delivered during the event.

With additional capacity coming online at factories in Austin and near Berlin, BloombergNEF analysts expect Model Y to be the world’s best-selling EV this year, and to potentially crack the top five among all vehicles, electric or otherwise.

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