Tesla is reportedly pushing back its Cybertruck two years, to early 2023

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Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk stands in front of the all-electric battery-powered Tesla's Cybertruck.
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  • Tesla has pushed back Cybertruck production from late 2022 to 2023, a source told Reuters.
  • The company is making changes to the Cybertruck's features and functions, the source told Reuters.
  • Elon Musk first predicted Cybertruck production would kick off in 2021, before delaying to 2022.
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Tesla has delayed initial production of its Cybertruck to early 2023, two years later than CEO Elon Musk first forecast, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The automaker is pushing back production of the electric pickup truck from late this year to the end of the first quarter of 2023, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The delay is down to Tesla making changes to the Cybertruck's features and components, the person told Reuters.

Cybertruck production is expected to be limited in the first quarter of 2023 before output increases, the person told Reuters.

Musk said during Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings call in January last year that the first Cybertrucks would ship in 2021, "if we get lucky", and he expected volume production to begin in 2022.

Tesla's website for the Cybertruck in August told potential customers that they would be able to "complete your configuration" in 2022. 

In mid-December, the page had changed, with "as production nears" replacing the date.

Tesla is expected to provide an update on its Cybertruck in its fourth-quarter earnings on January 26 after Musk said in December that a product roadmap update would happen on the next earnings call.

Tesla didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment about the Cybertruck delay which was made outside of US operating hours.

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