In a tweet Tesla Inc’s CEO Elon Musk said supply constraints related to battery cells are making it harder for the company to scale up production of its long-delayed Tesla Semi electric commercial truck.
“Demand is no problem, but near-term cell supply makes it hard to scale Semi. This limitation will be less onerous next year,” tweeted Musk.
Musk’s tweet was in response to a tweet which referred to a news report about the electric carmaker receiving an order for ten Semi trucks from MHX Leasing LLC.
Musk had unveiled a prototype of the futuristic, battery-powered Semi in 2017 and had said the Class 8 truck would go into production by 2019. The timeline was later pushed to 2021. Tesla has said, it expects to start delivering the model soon.
Last week, Musk suggested that the bottlenecks would cause the mass production to be delayed until 2022.