Latest Tesla news: Cybertruck could be delayed, Musk wants Model Y to be global best-selling car
Rumours have emerged that the Tesla Cybertruck could be delayed until 2022, while Musk has stated he wants the Model Y to become the world’s best-selling car. Read on for the latest Tesla news.
Musk wants Model Y to become the world’s top-selling car – 27/04/2021
Elon Musk has stated he thinks the Tesla Model Y will become the world’s best-selling car of any kind by 2023, despite the SUV’s current limited market reach.
To hit that figure, it would need to outsell the Toyota Corolla as the world’s best-seller — which currently sits at 1.5 million units per year.
If Tesla can sell 1.5m Model Ys and 500k Model 3 (+ S/X), that would be 2M cars/year in 2022 or 2023, more likely 2023.
Here's what 500k vehicles/quarter could like like in earnings. pic.twitter.com/3KjpgwPezK
— Dave Lee (@heydave7) April 26, 2021
Musk stated the lofty goal during the latest Tesla earnings call, where the company announced a net income of $438 million (circa. £315m), while confirming deliveries of the updated Model S would begin in May 2021. That will be followed by the refreshed Model X in Q3 2021.
Tesla is also expecting to see more than 50% of growth in deliveries of new cars this year, equating to around 750,000 new vehicles. This will include 2,000 Model S and Model X per week.
Cybertruck delayed? Rumours of deliveries pushed back to 2022 – 23/04/2021
It looks as though the first deliveries of the Tesla Cybertruck could be delayed until 2022, if new rumours are to be believed. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has confirmed the design of the truck has been finalised and has driven it around the site where it will be built — but dodged a question on production.
The latest rumours come as an online forum, Tesla Owners Online, asked Musk directly if deliveries of the truck would be expected later this year. Musk did state “Limited production of Model Y this year, high volume next year” but dodged the Cybertruck question entirely.
Limited production of Model Y this year, high volume next year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2021
With the design only recently finalised despite the Cybertruck first being showcased in 2019, it’s possible that the finished truck could look noticeably different — and resulting in the rumoured delays.
There’s no doubt that the Cybertruck’s edgy design would turn heads on the road but some industry insiders expressed concern that, in its present state, the truck wouldn’t offer sufficient pedestrian-impact protection to be legal for use in Europe.
Tesla Autopilot ‘Full-Self Driving’ software trials to be extended in April, revoked for some users – 16/03/2021
Elon Musk has confirmed that the next stage in Tesla’s ‘Full-Self Driving’ software rollout will happen in April 2021. His tweet also states that future versions of this software will rely purely on the video feed from the onboard cameras fitted to all Tesla models rather than the information from radar systems (such as those used by many other manufacturers.)
FSD Beta has now been expanded to ~2000 owners & we’ve also revoked beta where drivers did not pay sufficient attention to the road. No accidents to date.
Next significant release will be in April. Going with pure vision — not even using radar. This is the way to real-world AI.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 12, 2021
Tesla’s Full-Self Driving (or FSD) system is still in the ‘Beta’ testing phase, meaning that it isn’t a finished product yet. Tesla itself has stated that anyone involved in testing the ‘Full-Self Driving’ software must ‘pay extra attention to the road’ because the system ‘may do the wrong thing at the worst time’.
Musk’s tweet also states that Tesla has revoked the software ‘where drivers did not pay sufficient attention to the road’. It has been suggested that Tesla has been using the in-cabin cameras to monitor whether drivers have been keeping both hands on the steering wheel (as instructed) when using the new FSD software update.
This tweet also goes on to say there have been no accidents involving the new FSD update reported.
The latest FSD update offers several new features not present in previous versions of Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ software, including to ability to guide a car down residential streets with no lane markers.
Despite being called ‘Autopilot’, Tesla has always said you should keep both hands on the steering wheel when using its driver-assistance software, and be ready to take over control of your car at all times. This means you can’t use your phone or get in the passenger’s seat while driving. This sounds like common sense, but a British man was banned from driving in 2018 for doing the latter on the M1 motorway…
Tesla Roadster V2.0 latest news – 12/02/2021
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has suggested that an optional SpaceX package (named after the aerospace engineering firm he also owns) could enable the upcoming Tesla Roadster to hover.
Musk revealed the exciting details during a podcast with Joe Rogan, mentioning that one of the biggest hurdles his team must overcome is “trying to figure out how to make this thing hover, without, you know, killing people”.
He went on to suggest that an altitude limit could make the new car’s hovering feature safe for the general public. He reckoned a six-foot cap would be enough to prevent injury should the worst happen “so, if you plummet, you blow out the suspension, but you’re not going to die.”
Considering the strict regulation surrounding modern cars, it’s unlikely such a feature would be legal in every market. But Musk went on to say that “at a minimum, I’m confident we could do a thruster where the license plate flips down, James Bond-style, and there would be a rocket thruster behind it, and that gives you three tons of thrust.”
Regardless of whether the new car comes with space-thruster tech, it’s looking likely that the first customer cars won’t be delivered until 2022 at the earliest. When this electric supercar was first revealed in 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted the first customers would receive their cars in 2020. This hasn’t happened, and it’s likely the new Roadster won’t be ready for mass production until 2022.
It will, however, be tested at the Nurburgring race circuit before the end of 2021, a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms. This convertible sports car is set to be the fastest accelerating car Tesla has ever made – and that’s saying something.
The German race circuit is a favoured proving ground of many carmakers. Set a lap record here, which Tesla will be aiming to do, and you can be sure of some pretty impressive bragging rights.
NHTSA requests touchscreen recall for older Model S and Model X – 3/02/2021
Tesla will recall almost 135,000 Model S and Model X cars built before 2018 due to a faulty electronics chip that can cause the infotainment system to malfunction.
This issue doesn’t affect new cars – only some Model S cars made between 2012 and 2018 and some Model X vehicles built between 2016 and 2018.
The specific issue addressed by the upcoming recall relates to a memory chip within the infotainment system that can only be accessed by the system a set number of times. Once this number is reached, the touchscreen can start to become unresponsive.
The touchscreen in Teslas controls more of the car’s functions than in most conventional cars. Not being able to use this touchscreen is, therefore, potentially more serious.
The American National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expressed concern that a malfunctioning touchscreen could leave drivers unable to use the reversing camera or defog their windows on cold mornings.
Tesla has stated that it will reimburse drivers who’ve already paid to have the faulty electronics chip in their cars replaced.
Plaid updates for Model S/X revealed – 28/01/2021
The Tesla Model S and X have both been upgraded with revised interiors, new infotainment systems and a radical new ‘Plaid’ battery and motor option that brings increased range and world-beating acceleration.
Both cars get a 17-inch touchscreen display that looks similar to the Model 3’s central display and a new steering ‘wheel’ that looks like it’s been pinched from a private jet.
The new cars are both available in ‘Plaid’ guise which adds a third electric motor. This ups the power to 1,020hp and means the Model S and X can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.5 and 1.99 seconds respectively.
The Model S Plaid+ goes a step further thanks to its 1,100hp output. Tesla claims this car will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 1.99 seconds, hit 200mph and can drive for an incredible 520 miles between charges.
Tesla Cybertruck latest news – 22/10/2020
In a conference call to discuss Tesla’s financial performance in the second half of 2020 to date, CEO Elon Musk revealed that the upcoming Cybertruck will be an improvement over the concept version.
He said “here are a lot of small improvements compared to what was unveiled. I think it’s going to be better than what we showed.” Musk offered no further details, but he did mention that he’d been discussing these changes with Tesla’s lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, suggesting the upgrades could be visual, rather than mechanical.
Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of reservations, the Tesla Cybertruck isn’t expected to go into production until 2021 – construction of the new Austin ‘Giga’ factory in which it’ll be built hasn’t been completed yet.
When it does go on sale, the electric wedge will face competition from the likes of the electric Rivian R1T pickup and the recently revealed 1000hp Hummer EV.
Tesla used-car warranty cut to 1 year or 10,000 miles – 21/10/2020
Tesla has reportedly shortened its manufacturer warranties on used Model S and Model X cars from between two and four years to just a single year.
Previously, if you bought a used Model S or Model X that was less than four years old and had driven fewer than 50,000 miles, you’d be protected by a Tesla manufacturer warranty for a further four years, or 50,000 (whichever came first).
If you bought a used Tesla that was between four and six years old and had driven between 50,000 and 100,000 miles, you’d be protected by a Tesla warranty for a further two years or 100,000 miles (whichever came first).
Now, Telsa has reportedly cut this extended used-car warranty to just one year or 10,000 miles (whichever comes first) over the standard 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty.
Despite this, Telsa has recently introduced a no-questions-asked seven-day return policy on new cars. This means you can return any Tesla model for a full refund within a week of taking delivery.
Tesla Battery Day 2020 latest news 22/9/2020
Elon Musk has announced at the 2020 Tesla Battery Day that the electric-car maker will be ready to launch the second (beta) version of its autopilot driver-assistance systems.
He also confirmed Tesla has developed a new battery architecture that is reportedly capable of storing five-times the energy of its current-generation batteries. This extra energy could correspond to a potential increase in vehicle range of 16%.
Additionally, Musk confirms Tesla is developing structural battery technology that uses an electric car’s batteries as a load-bearing part of the car’s platform. This, says Musk, could help reduce the overall mass of an electric car by 10%, increase range by 14% and use 370 fewer components than a conventional electric car.
Tesla will launch an entry-level electric vehicle in three years’ time that’ll cost from $25,000. Musk has said it will come with fully autonomous capabilities, although it isn’t clear whether this will be available at the $25,000 price-point or whether it will be reserved for higher-spec versions of Tesla’s upcoming new small car.
Tesla Model 3 latest news
Its cabin could be revised immanently, however, as rumours suggest Tesla could be ready to introduce a redesigned centre console and steering wheel. The vast central touchscreen display isn’t expected to change, however.
Tesla Model Y latest news
Deliveries of the first Tesla Model Ys have begun in the US. These cars are being built in the US, but production for Chinese-market cars is set to start in Shanghai in 2021. You can expect the first UK-spec cars to arrive on our shores no earlier than 2022.
Tesla Model X latest news
The Tesla Model X will also be available with the upgraded Plaid power system. The Model X is already capable of embarrassing some supercars, so this triple-motor setup should make the practical seven-seater one of the fastest cars you can buy – full stop.
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