Tesla has a new car for the holidays

Tesla has a new car for the holidays

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It’s a change to which Elon Musk hadn’t given notice, to either Tesla  (TSLA) – Get Tesla Inc. Report fans or his critics.

Usually, the CEO of the manufacturer of premium electric vehicles makes thundering statements and promises. When it comes to new products and new vehicles, this translates into an ultra-ambitious launch schedule with deadlines that Tesla and Musk will not meet.

Take the case of the long-awaited Cybertruck, the Austin company’s futuristic pickup. If the mass-produced model resembles the prototype presented nearly three years ago, it would transform the ultra-lucrative and competitive pickup-truck market.

Musk first unveiled the electric pickup in November 2019 at a promotional event in Los Angeles. There, a demonstration of the vehicle’s shatter-proof and purportedly bulletproof window went askew after an aide hurled a metallic ball at the front window and instantly shattered it.

The Cybertruck, like the Roadster, is one of the company’s few vehicles outside its main offerings: the Models S (luxury sedan), X (full-size SUV), 3 (consumer sedan), and Y (midsize SUV/crossover). The pickup was to enter production in late 2021 for the dual-motor AWD version, with a single-motor version set to be released in late 2022.

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The Cybertruck is one of many examples of Tesla and Musk falling behind on their own schedules and promises. So it makes sense that fans and investors would expect them to miss another deadline.

The serial entrepreneur has just taken everyone by surprise by announcing that Tesla will deliver a new vehicle this year. This new vehicle is the Tesla Semi, which was officially revealed in November 2017.

“Tesla 500 mile range Semi Truck starts shipping this year,” the billionaire said on Twitter on Aug 10. “Cybertruck next year.”

The billionaire provided no further details, but the pressure is mounting as the group now has only four months to deliver on this new promise. Consider: Supply chains are still disrupted, semiconductors continue in short supply, and raw-material prices remain sharply elevated. It’s a real challenge that Musk sets himself up to meet (or not meet).

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