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Tesla electric prime mover falls two years behind schedule

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Electric automotive company, Tesla, has confirmed the long awaited electric heavy duty truck it first unveiled in 2017 has been delayed.

The company announced it was shifting its first deliveries of the Semi to 2021, marking the second time it has had to forestall production of the commercial vehicle.

Despite this Tesla has released a mostly positive earnings report in which it will move forward with production of its fast-charging dual motor AWD Model 3 all electric passenger vehicle in addition to the Model Y, a new midsize SUV.

Tesla first delayed its plans to commence production on the Class 8 tractor, to use North American parlance, a year ago.

"We expect that production of both Model Y in Fremont and Model 3 in Shanghai will continue to ramp gradually through Q2," the company said in its earnings report.

"We are continuing to build capacity for Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Shanghai and remain on track to start deliveries from both locations in 2021. Lastly, we are shifting our first Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021."

Although updates on the Semi have been scarce to date, the electric truck, which was touted to have a range of between 300 to 500 miles, will now have to compete on a crowded 2021 schedule which includes controversial stablemate the Cybertruck.

Until then the industry has no choice but to wait for the Tesla Semi. So too will its top tier customers like Anheuser-Busch, UPS, FedEx, PepsiCo, Walmart and JB Hunt, who were among the first transport operations to order it.

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