Tesla Delays First Deliveries of Electric Semi to 2021

Tesla Delays First Deliveries of Electric Semi to 2021

Tesla Inc. pushed back first deliveries of its Semi commercial tractor into next year, making the truck two years behind its original schedule.

The Palo Alto, Calif., electric vehicle builder said in its first quarter earnings report that it has delayed the first deliveries until 2021. When Tesla unveiled the first prototypes of the truck in 2017, it said the tractor would start production in 2019.

Tesla did not provide a reason and did not respond to an email from Transport Topics. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on the social media platform Twitter last month that he would likely provide an update on the Semi later this year.

The delay looks to be a combination of a tight battery supply and the manufacturing disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Morgan Stanley trucking industry analyst.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Musk

“This decision is not a major surprise given COVID-related manufacturing disruptions at Tesla and in no way is

 

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