- 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."
tesla churned out nearly a million electric vehicles worldwide last year, but don’t hold your breath waiting for new models from the pioneering ev company. in an investor relations webcast today, tesla ceo elon musk revealed that reservation holders for the cybertruck, roadster, and semi—all of which have missed their scheduled production dates—will have to wait even longer before they can get their hands on the long-awaited vehicles.
"we're not introducing any new models this year," said musk in the earnings call. "we will, however, do a lot of engineering and tooling to create those vehicles: cybertruck, semi, roadster, optimus [which is actually a robot], and be ready to bring those to production hopefully next year.”
it appears there is still a lot of work to be done on the cybertruck, despite musk tweeting yesterday that he has been driving a prototype around the gigafactory site in texas. "there's a lot of new technology in the cybertruck that will take some time to work through," musk explained. "there's a question of what's the average cost of a cybertruck and to what degree is that affordable."
speaking of affordability, musk also shed light on the $25,000 car, rumored to be called model 2, that was announced on tesla’s battery day in 2020. "we are not currently working on the $25,000 car," musk revealed. "we have too much on our plate now, frankly, but at some point there will be [time].
"it's sort of the wrong question," he continued. "the thing that overwhelmingly matters is, when is the car autonomous." throughout the call, musk reinforced the idea that tesla's priorities lie in introducing self-driving technology rather than expanding the model lineup, and that full self-driving will be the major profit driver for the company.
"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."