Elon Musk promises that Tesla will build a dedicated vehicle for use as a robotaxi and start making three other new vehicles next year. Chief Executive Elon Musk told fans at a party to celebrate the opening of a factory in Texas.
Musk gave no details of the robotaxi other than to say it would look pretty futuristic and will build by Tesla. Musk also said that Tesla would start building the Cybertruck at its new factory near Austin, Texas. After that, he said it would start building a new Roadster and an electric semi.
He made his comments Thursday night at the Cyber Rodeo at Giga, Texas, an invitation-only party for thousands of guests at Tesla’s new $1 billion-plus factory.
The organizers expected some 15,000 people to attend the private event organized to mark the new factory opening in Travis County. It also serves as the new headquarters of the new company on its movement from California.
Musk said on the night event of Thursday, the event being live on YouTube. in the program, Tesla delivered the first Model Y small SUVs built at the new factory. He said that it could make half a million SUVs per annum.
Tesla and Musk have often missed their targets to start producing vehicles. In 2019, Tesla promised that a fleet of autonomous robotaxis would be on the road the following year. However, the company still tested fully autonomous driving software by select Tesla owners on public roads.
Tesla is the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles in the United States and worldwide.
He told the crowd Thursday night that there will be a massive wave of new products next year. Musk said this year it would be about expanding the Austin factory and a new one in Germany. He also said his company could start building a robot in 2023.
A county-issued permit said that the event covered ‘interactive tours, food, alcohol, and live entertainment.’ However, the event was off-limits to the general public and the media channels.
Musk has declared that the ‘Austin-area plant’ will employ up to 10,000 workers.