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Tesla: no Cybertruck or Roadster in 2022, main focus ROBOTS

Musk confirms biggest product development is Optimus project

Published: 28 Jan 2022
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Tesla boss Elon Musk confirmed this week that the company’s focus for 2022 would be on developing the ‘Optimus’ humanoid robot.

Speaking on an earnings call – and off the back of a record-breaking year for the carmaker where it delivered 936,222 cars, 87 per cent more than it did in 2020 – Musk said: “We will not be introducing new vehicle models this year. We will do a lot of engineering and tooling to create those vehicles – Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster – and be ready to bring those to production hopefully next year (2023).

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“In terms of priority of products, I think the most important product development we’re doing this year is actually the ‘Optimus’ humanoid robot,” Musk added. “This, I think, has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time.”

More significant than the vehicle business. Woah.

Though, Musk’s plans for the Cybertruck – when it does eventually land – are significant too. “In terms of a rough order of magnitude,” he said, “we’d like Cybertruck to be at least on the order of a quarter of a million vehicles a year. But it’ll take us a moment to get to that level.”

So, no new cars this year – indeed, there’s been no movement on the $25k compact car either, because the company’s got “too much on our plate right now” – but a focus very much on scaling output and tooling for new model production next year.

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Oh, and ROBOTS.

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