This week Tesla confirmed what many had already assumed. The company will delay the Cybertruck due to supply chain constraints and other issues and delay the Roadster. CEO Elon Musk will instead focus on the Tesla humanoid robot, AI, and its full self-driving software throughout 2022.
During an earnings call late on Wednesday, Elon Musk said the company wouldn’t launch any new vehicles in 2022. Instead, it focuses on ramping up the production of existing models, making factories more efficient, and developing new technologies.
This is unfortunate but not unexpected news. To make matters worse, Tesla didn’t share a timeline for when we can expect the Cybertruck to arrive other than it’ll “hopefully come next year.” The company didn’t detail new specs, features, changes, or a possible price.
As for full self-driving (FSD), Musk said, “I would be shocked if we do not achieve full self-driving safer than a human this year.” The company plans to make significant strides in software and AI, apply that to current vehicles, and start working on the Cybertruck next year.
That’s not where the potential bad news ends, either. Back in 2019, when the Cybertruck made its original debut, Musk said it’d start around $39,900. This week though, Musk hinted that the company is having issues developing the Cybertruck at a price people can afford, especially considering all the additional features it’s adding to compete with Rivian, Ford, and Chevy.
While Elon Musk had a lot to say during the earnings call, we still received plenty of exciting news. In 2022, along with working on existing lineups, Tesla will shift its strategy to focus on product development to make Tesla Bot. That’s its humanoid robot revealed in 2021, which will be known as Optimus.
Tesla’s Optimus humanoid robot is taking priority, as Musk sees it as a possible way to end labor shortages, help in Tesla factories, and more. Then, the CEO said Optimus has the “potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time.” Oddly enough, during the earnings call, the company hinted that the robot could be in production by the end of 2023.
Essentially, Tesla won’t be releasing any new products like the Cybertruck, Roadster, Tesla Semi, or the robot in 2022. Instead, it’ll shift all of its focus on efficiency, current offerings, AI, FSD, and Optimus.
If you’ve been waiting patiently for the Cybertruck, this isn’t the best news, but good things come to those who wait. Right?