In Texas, on the official opening of Tesla’s gigantic Austin manufacturing facility, CEO Elon Musk had a transparent message Thursday night time: It’s going massive.
“This yr is all about scaling up, and subsequent yr there’s going to be an enormous wave of latest merchandise,” summed Musk, who hit one boast level after one other at Giga Texas.
As for subsequent yr, Musk promised the Cybertruck for 2023 manufacturing—door handles omitted—in addition to Roadster and Semi. Additional, he teased a “fairly futuristic”-looking devoted robotaxi, and the Tesla robotic, Optimus, which he claimed “will obviate what an financial system even means.”
Giga Texas opening – April 2022
Giga Texas is the most important manufacturing facility constructing on the planet, by quantity, in line with Musk, and “essentially the most superior automobile manufacturing facility that Earth has ever seen”—certainly one of many connections Musk loves making between Tesla and SpaceX, from a Tesla Roadster “Starman” stunt to rocket tech for the second-generation Roadster.
“You realize a manufacturing facility is so superior if it appears like an alien dreadnought landed,” he mentioned, likening the entire manufacturing facility to an built-in circuit, a chip.
The Texas plant will make cells from uncooked supplies, type them right into a structural pack, mate that with solid entrance and rear physique sections, and output a completed product.
“So it’s uncooked supplies in a single facet, automobiles out the opposite facet,” Musk mentioned, including that the technique makes the car lighter and improves crash efficiency.
Giga Texas opening – April 2022
Musk mentioned that sooner or later, Giga Texas would be the highest-volume automobile manufacturing facility in America and the largest cell manufacturing facility on the planet. And with goals to get to 500,000 annual models of the Mannequin Y earlier than ramping up Cybertruck on the manufacturing facility, he claimed that the Mannequin Y line would be the highest-capacity output of 1 product from a single manufacturing facility, anyplace on the planet.
“California is nice and we’re persevering with to broaden in California,” summed Musk, who in 2020 introduced the transfer of its headquarters away from the state, which has made up 10% of its world gross sales in latest months. “However we ran out of room, and so we want a spot the place we could be actually massive, and there’s no place like Texas.”
Musk mentioned that Tesla has delivered greater than one million autos worldwide during the last twelve months. That locations it as just a little over 1% of the entire car output on the planet.
Giga Texas opening – Elon Musk
“We need to get to twenty%, as a lot as we will, to maneuver the needle,” he mentioned, returning to factors we most likely don’t hear Musk making typically sufficient within the cycles of social media. “For this reason scale issues. With a purpose to make an actual distinction, a extremely massive distinction to sustainability, we’ve got to make quite a lot of automobiles; we’ve got to make quite a lot of stationary packs to transition the world to sustainable expertise as shortly as potential.”