Tesla is infamous for its big promises and long gestation periods. The Tesla Semi, revealed in 2017, only recently hit the streets in limited numbers this past Spring.
The Tesla Roadster, also unveiled in 2017, is still in development. And the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup, revealed exclusively to us in 2019, has seen its promised delivery slip from 2020 to 2024 at the earliest.
That, as it turns out, may be optimistic, too. Leaked documents out of Tesla’s German operations are shedding some light on why the manufacturer is so far behind on the Cybertruck and how there may be some fundamental flaws with its basic design and engineering.
The January 2022 report, part of 100 GB of files leaked by a whistleblower to the German outlet Handelsblatt and shared with Wired, indicate that preproduction Cybertruck prototypes are far behind schedule, with serious powertrain, braking, suspension, structural, and sealing issues plaguing.