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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, disclosed delays for one of the company's most-anticipated new automobiles on Wednesday. Musk announced on Twitter that the second-generation Tesla Roadster will be delayed until 2023. It's also improbable that Cybertruck production will begin on time.
Chip shortages, Musk claimed, were the issue, saying that they were delaying the release of new items. The Roadster was first announced in November 2017 and is expected to arrive in 2020. Musk boasted incredible specs at the time, including 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a top speed of 250 mph, and a range of 620 miles with a 250-kwh battery pack.
Tesla began taking $50,000 reservations for the basic Roadster, which costs $200,000, almost immediately. Customers will have to pay the full $250,000 price for one of the first series versions.
Analysts were perplexed by Tesla's battery claims for both the Roadster and the Semi. Musk conceded that engineering work on the Roadster would not be completed in time as the 2020 launch date approached, but he doubled back on aggressive statements. He hinted rocket technology for the Roadster earlier this year, saying that Tesla would "complete engineering" in 2021, followed by manufacturing in 2022.
The Roadster and Semi aren't the only items that have been delayed much past their planned release dates. For several months, Tesla's order page and customer contacts have stated that the first Cybertruck deliveries will take place in early 2022, not late 2021.
The Model Y "clearly does take priority over the Cybertruck," Musk said in July, referring to the ramp at Tesla's Texas factory, where Model Y production would use a revolutionary cast-body method.
At the very least, the Roadster, Semi, and Cybertruck are still slated for production. Tesla abruptly cancelled the Model S Plaid+ prior of its debut event earlier this year. This top-of-the-line vehicle was designed to combine the Model S Plaid's performance with a 520-mile range.
Tesla's fully featured Full Self-Driving could be available to owners in the United States within weeks, as the firm prepares to deliver its latest big upgrade on Friday next week.
Tesla’s Technoking, Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the updated timeline saying, “FSD Beta 10 rolls out midnight Friday next week. Looks promising that Beta 10.1, about 2 weeks later, will be good enough for public opt in request button.”
Musk has previously expressed optimism about the schedule for full-featured FSD, the company's (currently) semi-autonomous package, which costs $10,000 in the United States. Navigate on Autopilot, auto lane shifting, auto parking, Summon in a car park, and pausing at traffic lights and stop signs are all included.
While the upfront cost covers the company's hardware 2.0 to operate the program, as well as all future updates, Tesla only records a fraction of the revenue as features are released to the public.
In October 2020, the business began distributing the Beta version of its full-featured software – which includes the capacity to turn bends and auto steer on city streets – to a select group of drivers.
Making a car that can "see" items, estimate their location when they are obscured by other objects, and traverse congested streets has not been straightforward. This led to Tesla holding an “AI Day” in August to go through the extent of the technology it has developed as well as the details around manufacturing its own computer chip.
In July, the business launched a subscription service for the package (in the United States) that Musk first announced in 2020. For the FSD package to work, cars must have hardware 3.0 or be upgraded to it.
Drivers may be able to test autonomous software before purchasing the complete package, or they may be able to subscribe for a set period of time. It costs $US199 a month.