Development of the expected new models will continue in 2022, but instead of producing them Tesla will prioritize full self-driving that’s ‘better than a human.’
Last year, Tesla produced nearly a million electric vehicles worldwide, but don’t hold your breath for new models from the pioneering EV manufacturer. Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed today in an investor relations webinar that reservation holders for the Cybertruck, Roadster, and Semi, which have all missed their anticipated production dates, will have to wait even longer to get their hands on the long-awaited vehicles.
- During an earnings call tonight, Elon Musk said Tesla will not introduce any new models in 2022, meaning the Cybertruck, Semi, and Roadster are yet again delayed.
- CEO Musk also revealed that the company is not currently working on the $25,000 EV he announced in 2020.
- Musk emphasized that the company’s focus is on its Full Self-Driving package and said he expects to “achieve Full Self-Driving safer than a human this year.”
“This year, we’re not introducing any new models,” Musk remarked on the earnings call. “However, we will do a lot of engineering and tooling to produce those vehicles: Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster, and Optimus [which is actually a robot] and be ready to bring them to production hopefully next year.”
Despite Musk tweeting yesterday that he had been driving a prototype around the Gigafactory site in Texas, it appears that there is still a lot of work to be done on the Cybertruck. “The Cybertruck contains a lot of new technology that will take some time to work through,” Musk added. “There’s a discussion over what the average cost of a Cybertruck is and how reasonable it is.”
In the spirit of affordability, Musk also discussed the $25,000 car, rumoured to be called Model 2, that was announced at Tesla’s 2020 Battery Day. “We’re not working on the $25,000 automobile right now,” Musk confessed. “To be honest, we have too much on our plates right now, but there will be [time] at some point.”
He went on to say, “It’s sort of the incorrect question.” “The most important question is when the car will be self-driving.” Throughout the call, Musk emphasised that Tesla’s top priority is to introduce self-driving technology rather than extending its model portfolio, and that Full Self-Driving will be the company’s main profit generator.
“Everything pales in comparison to the value of robotaxi or full self-driving,” he summed up. “I would be shocked if we do not achieve full self-driving safer than a human this year.”