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Tesla – Musk relaunches entry level: ‘Probable arrival of a smaller car than Model 3’

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Tesla – Musk relaunches entry level: ‘Probable arrival of a smaller car than Model 3’
Written by aquitodovale

There Tesla plans to launch a small electric vehicle. Yet another confirmation of what many already call Model 2 (of which, above, we propose our interpretation) came from the CEO Elon Musk during the “Future of the Car” summit, organized by the Financial Times: “There is a certain probability that Tesla will produce a car smaller than the Model 3”. Musk has not, however, provided further details on an expansion of the range which, at the moment, seems premature given what has been declared in recent months: in the immediate future, the priorities of the Californian company are represented by the pick-up. Cybertruckfrom the Semi tractor unit and from the Roadsteras well as the expansion of production capacities between the United States, China and Europe.

No to micro-mobility and flying taxis. Musk also ruled out Tesla’s entry into the field of micromobility (“scooters are very dangerous. I would not invite anyone to drive one”) and into flying taxis (“they will not be successful) and the construction of new plants, particularly in China. In the Land of the Dragon, the only purpose, at least for the short term, is to “expand the current Shanghai site” despite forecasts for long-term growth volumes up to 25-30% of total deliveries. On the other hand, the entrepreneur has recognized that at the moment the attention must be concentrated on quite other problems, starting with the difficulties on the production front. “There are limitations on the way,” Musk pointed out, citing, specifically, the shortage of raw materials such as nickel. Manufacturing constraints are destined, among other things, to slow a company that can record a “growth rate faster than anything else in history: we grow faster than Ford did with the Model T. Our the problem is not the demand, but the production. Increasing it is really wasteful ”, then acknowledged the CEO.

Disembarkation in the mine. Musk has, however, made it clear that his Tesla has every intention of accelerating growth strategies to meet extremely ambitious goals, including 20 million deliveries by 2030 (“An aspiration, not a promise”) . To reach such a milestone, the company has no intention of acquiring another car manufacturer (“No, I think that’s not likely”), but it could increase its grip on the value chain, perhaps targeting a mining company: “L hypothesis is not out of the question. We don’t want to buy mining companies, but if that’s the only way to accelerate the transition, then we will. “

The progress of Volkswagen. Musk has also ruled out the possibility of creating a controlling holding for Tesla, SpaceX and his other companies (“I don’t see much logic in an operation like this”), has reduced fears of losing ground in the pick-up segment given the delays the Cybertruck and the launch of numerous competitors (“I have no fear”) and rejected the hypothesis of using supercapacitor technology (“I don’t think they are necessary for the entire automotive industry”). Then, came the usual words of appreciation for Volkswagen, which, for its part, intended to conquer the leadership of the electric market. When asked which startups are to be liked, the answer was: “Volkswagen is making progress. It is not a startup, but it is still in the world of electric vehicles “.

A rosy future, a difficult past. Still on the topic of startups, Musk also spoke of Tesla’s past and in particular of the company’s early years: “The beginnings were a crazy hell because no one knew how to build a car or a battery. There have been many difficulties and many mistakes ”, including“ entrusting the production of the first battery to a Thai barbecue company ”. However, the Californian company managed to “avoid bankruptcy” and not end up like many other small businesses: “The story of car startups is horrible, almost all of them have gone bankrupt”. Now, however, the “future is extremely bright” despite the numerous commitments of Musk himself, between the landing on Mars (perhaps for 2030 thanks to SpaceX) and the aims on Twitter: “The agreement is not yet concluded, at best of the cases it will be in the space of three months “. In any case, the operation on the social network will not divert his attention to Tesla as feared by analysts and experts: “I will stay at work as long as I can be useful”. Of course, the whole affair risks generating criticism and controversy. Musk himself intervened on a decisive issue such as the cancellation of the account of the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, stressing that it was “a mistake” because “permanent bans should be extremely rare and reserved only for fake accounts, bots or spam”. Finally, the entrepreneur reiterated the opening of the Supercharger network in Europe to all other manufacturers, but “not in the United States because there are difficulties with connectors”) and the ambitions on autonomous driving: “We are close enough to reach a better level of security than human. And my best guess is that we could get there already this year. “

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