Elon Musk releases more details on Tesla’s next robotaxi electric car: ‘Will cost less per mile than a bus ticket’
Elon Musk has released more details about Tesla’s upcoming dedicated robotaxi electric car that he announced at Cyber Rodeo earlier this month.
The vehicle will focus on cost per mile, and Tesla aims to reach volume production of the new vehicle in 2024. Musk said Tesla will deliver “by far the lowest cost customers have ever experienced.”
At Tesla’s Cyber Rodeo event last month, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla was working on a new vehicle: a dedicated robotaxi.
Speaking of what’s next for Tesla, the CEO said:
There will be a dedicated robotaxi which will look quite futuristic.
At the time, the CEO didn’t share any other details about the new Tesla vehicle he first mentioned.
However, we speculated that it would be a vehicle designed from the ground up with range in mind, which allows for greater design freedom – for example without a steering wheel or pedals.
Today, during the conference call following the release of Tesla’s first quarter 2022 financial results, Musk explained the vehicle:
“We’re also working on a new vehicle that I hinted at when Giga Texas opened, which is a dedicated robotaxi. It’s going to be highly optimized for autonomy – meaning it won’t have a steering wheel nor pedals.There are a number of other innovations around it that I find quite exciting, but it is fundamentally optimized to achieve the lowest cost per mile or km taking everything into account.
Musk also confirmed that Tesla plans to reveal the vehicle likely in 2023 and is aiming for volume production of the robotaxi in 2024.
The CEO believes the vehicle will result in a cheaper cost per kilometer than a subsidized bus ticket. Ultimately, he believes the unnamed robotaxi vehicle will be a major driver of Tesla’s growth.
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